Monday, October 26, 2009

A Little Help From My Friends: Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Little Help from My Friends

FaithWords (October 15, 2009)


Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt


ANNE DAYTON graduated from Princeton University and is earning her master's degree in English literature at New York University. She works for a New York publishing company and lives in Brooklyn.

MAY VANDERBILT graduated from Baylor University and went on to earn a master's degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in San Francisco, where she writes about food, fashion, and nightlife in the Bay Area.

Together, the two women are the authors of Miracle Girls series


Zoe is used to being overlooked. As the youngest and shyest Miracle Girl, she was happy to fade into the background last year. But when she sheds her baby fat and shoots up four inches the summer before her junior year, everything changes. Now she's turning heads at school, and this new attention is beginning to strain her relationship with her sweet, serious boyfriend, Marcus.

Pressure builds when Zoe's assigned partner for history class is Dean Marchese--a handsome New York transplant who isn't afraid to show her how he feels.
Just when she needs her three best friends the most, the Miracle Girls are suffering from boy troubles of their own.

Even Zoe's rock-solid home life begins to shake underneath her when her parents' relationship frays in the face of serious financial burdens. As this uncertain year of growing pains comes to a frenetic head, the quietest Miracle Girl must find her voice at long last and take control of her own destiny . . . with more than a little help from her friends.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Little Help from My Friends, go HERE

My Comments:

Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt impressed me with their ability to get in touch with the teen culture of today and into the minds and logic of young girls trying to grow up, fit in, and become relevant human beings.
The story is told from the point of view of Zoe, the quiet girl who has undergone a growth spurt from pudgy teen to a long, cool, interesting girl. She's still the same Zoe, but now is the time for her to find her voice. She longs to make things right, expose injustice and see good people live happily ever after, but other people have agendas of their own and Zoe and her friends must experience for themselves the cost of calling attention to their cause.

The Miracle Girls books intertwine school, girlfriends, boyfriends, family troubles, personal fears and the pressure and joy that each can bring.

1 comment:

May Vanderbilt said...

Thank you so much for the nice review! I'm so glad you enjoyed little Zoe's story.

She's my favorite Miracle Girl :)