Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Spring Breakdown by Melody Carlson

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Spring Breakdown (Carter House Girls)

Zondervan (February 1, 2010)

***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks of ZONDERKIDZ for sending me a review copy.***


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best friction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.

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Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031071494X
ISBN-13: 978-0310714941

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER: Just press the button!

Dynamic Uno here:  Spring Break is just around the corner and the Carter House Girls are going to Palm Beach, Florida for their vacation!  Although Mrs. Carter reminds them that it will be a "working vacation" since they will need to model a new fashion designer's swimwear line while they are there, the girls are excited about getting the chance to have some fun in the sun while they're there.  After meeting a charming college student from Princeton on the plane, they arrive at the general's Palm Beach house and the girls quickly choose their rooms.  Eliza and Casey decide to room together--which is definitely a new development, so Taylor and DJ room up, leaving Rhiannon to have a room all to herself.  After a day of exploring Palm Beach, the boys arrive at Lane's grandparent's house and things quickly turn to chaos.  Lane decides to break-up with Eliza because of some of her selfish decisions and things go quickly from bad to worse.  Eliza sneaks off on a mysterious date and doesn't return to the house.  Has she gone off to pout for a few days, holing herself up in a five-star hotel, or has something more serious happened to the heiress?  You'll have to read Spring Breakdown (Carter House Girls #7) by Melody Carlson to find out! 

I must admit, I've been looking forward to reading more about the girls in the Carter House Girls series because I feel like I know the characters so well.  Mainly because I work with teenagers, but also because the characters are so well written, that I've been engrossed in their lives since they arrived at Mrs. Carter's house.  Since their Senior year is close to an end, I'm sure that the series will reach it's end as well, but I'm glad that there's a few more books before that happens.  Let me know what you think of Spring Breakdown by Melody Carlson.  Happy Reading!


RAnn said...

I have a real problem with the lack of adult supervision of those girls. Its like DJ is the mom and she's only a teen herself.

The Dynamic Uno said...

RAnn--unfortunately, that is the world that many of my students live every day. Not only is there no supervision, but many times the parent/parents leave and go on their own vacations. My students can really relate to these characters--even if as adults we don't necessarily agree with the lack of supervision.

Tammy Griffin said...

I enjoy your blog and your summaries of books.

(I would,like to pass a book award on to you at my blog http://tgteecher.blogspot.com).


The Dynamic Uno said...

Thanks Tammy!!!! It really cheered my day.