I really enjoyed Miracle Girls, the first book in this Christian YA series, so I was looking forward to Breaking Up is Hard to Do. And it does not disappoint. At all.
The Miracle Girls are now entering their sophomore year and there's a lot on Christine Lee's mind. Her father is still planning on marrying Candace, aka the bimbo. She still hasn't spoken to anyone about the loss of her mother, all of the other miracle girls are getting boyfriends, and really deep down she's just lonely. But things start to look up when Andrew Cutchins a super cute and popular boy starts paying attention to her. Christine starts to trust her guidance counselor more and she's even getting along a little with Emma, her soon to be stepsister. But things aren't always what they seem...who will catch Christine when things come crashing down?
Loved this book. LOVED IT. First of all, I loved Christine. She was funny and smart and not too sentimental. All her concerns about the Miracle Girls growing apart made so much sense to me. I also liked watching the various developing relationships between the girls and their potential significant others.
I genuinely liked the faith element in this book as well. First of all, no conversion scene. Score one. Secondly, no easy pat answers to the huge issues in Christine's life. Score two. I wasn't even sure Christine came to any definite conclusions on what she thought about God. In fact, a lot of her wrestling with faith had to with the huge role it played in her friend's life and so it felt very authentic to the character and story. I loved for example, this passage:
I don't know about all this miracle stuff. The other girls have always believed that, but I'm not sure I did until just now. Maybe that's why we're all still here. For each other. God isn't going to send a choir of angels to show me he's out there. He sent something else instead. The three of them.
The writing is the same easy chick-lit mannered style, but this book digs into Christine's heart and grief. I have to admit that I cried quite a bit in the last few chapters. On the surface a fun story, but with layers of depth and honesty, Breaking Up is Hard to Do is the best Christian YA book I've read and I absolutely can't wait for the next in the series.
Things You Might Want to Know: This is Christian fiction, but I think everyone would like it.