This is a young adult collection containing the titles Only You, In Your Dreams, and Don’t You Wish.
Only You begins with 16-year-old Sierra on a mission trip to Europe. While Sierra is thrilled to have made new best friends, she worries what will happen to those friendships when she returns home. And, she wonders if she’ll ever get a boyfriend, after seeing both of her new best friends with theirs.
Sierra isn’t totally thrilled to be going home, either. A move to a totally new town awaits her. Her parents decided to move in with her aging Granna Mae since she was becoming confused and now needed help. Sierra meets Paul on the trip home, and asks him some pretty deep, thought-provoking questions.
Sierra arrives at her new home and starts at her new, private Christian school all within a week. Will she adjust to the larger school? Will she ever see the older Paul again?
I wish there would have been a prequel to this title. I haven’t read the Christy Miller series for teens, where Sierra was introduced, but it would have been nice to have a stand-alone book to really introduce Sierra, and then have it included in this series.
I haven’t read young adult books in a while, but am always looking for titles for my kids, so I thought it was worth a shot. Some of the situations and attitudes just didn’t resonate with me. I get that the book is about Sierra changing her attitude and making an effort to adapt. I feel like, though, that it’s kind of one-sided in that what Sierra changes about her behavior isn’t modeled by the other kids at school. For me, it’s easier to see a “wrong doing” or attitude adjusted when there is the opportunity for comparison.
I’m giving this title 3 out of 5 stars because it didn’t seem realistic enough to me. I will have my oldest daughter read this once I get the hard copy and see what she thinks. It’s entirely possible that my spin comes from being an adult.
The format of this book was electronic, for my Kindle. I was not able to get the entire series; what I got only had the first title, which is why this is a partial review. I spent considerable time with Blogging For Books, Edelweiss and Amazon to sort out the issue. Amazon didn’t feel it was an issue with my device, but wasn’t able to compare files to validate that I wasn’t missing content from the original file.
Don’t let that keep you from ordering from Amazon, though, because the file size of the one it has is different from the one I received from the publisher.
In the end, I’m doing a partial review and B4B is going to send me a hard copy of this collection. Once I’ve gotten that and have read the other two books in the collection, I’ll update my review here.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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