Sunday, January 1, 2012

Book 1: Mixed Bags

Author: Melody Carlson

Barnes and Noble Synopsis: Mix six teenaged girls and one '60s fashion icon (retired, of course) in an old Victorian-era boarding home. Add boys and dating, a little high-school angst, and throw in a Kate Spade bag or two ... and you've got The Carter House Girls, Melody Carlson's chick lit series for young adults!
When her mom died, DJ had to move in with her grandmother, internationally famous '60s fashion model Katherine Carter. Now Mrs. Carter's opened a boarding home for young ladies, and DJ---who would rather wear her basketball team uniform than haute couture---is sure they'll all be unbearable fashion snobs. One by one, the girls arrive and begin to figure out how to fit into this new family, getting to know each other. Sure, there's an aspiring diva or two, but before long, the Carter House girls are dating, fighting, laughing, shopping, sharing clothes, purses, shoes ... and their deepest secrets. DJ may not turn into the perfect little lady her grandmother has in mind, but one thing's for certain---with all these new 'sisters,' her life will never be the same!

My Review: I've been wanting to read this one for a while and just kept reading other stuff instead. I am glad that I read this one eventually but must admit I was a little surprised with the religious aspect near the end. It's not that I have a problem with religious books, I just didn't see it coming. I would describe this book as Clique-like (the Clique series by Lisi Harrison) with a little bit of a religious aspect to it. The characters were good and I did enjoy the story-line. Since this was the first in a series I do look forward to reading more of them. 

My Grade: A

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