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Mixed Bags was probably good 16 years ago

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Mixed Bags by Melody Carlson
"Mixed Bags"

by: Melody Carlson.

2008; 224 pages,

rating: 2

Well, when I see that 2 written up there it makes it seem worse than it is. I didn't anticipate that this young adult novel would be quite like this.

It's a Christian YA book. Not that there's anything wrong with that at all. Growing up, one of my favorite series of books was a Christian YA series.

I have just moved on from that now. I want a little more oomph from my books these days.

In other words, that rating of 2 up there, is for me now. But, as a young, teenage girl, I probably would have rated this book higher.

But still, it in no way (to me) compares to the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn that I loved as a 13 year old.

Mixed bags is DJ, who moves in with her grandmother after her mom dies. DJ's grandma has decided to open her home mansion up to a group of girls. The girls will board with her, and she will teach them all about fashion.

DJ struggles with this mixed bunch of girls who are all living under her roof, not least because she is absolutely and completely uninterested in fashion.

Mixed bags is the first book in a series (Carter House Girls), so it's the "getting to know you" book. The one with all the character introductions and blendings to bring about the plot, that hopefully comes in the next book, Stealing Bradford.

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