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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Miracle Girls #2    by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt Amazon.com order for
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
by Anne Dayton
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Faithwords, 2009 (2009)
Softcover

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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

The Miracle Girls are back for their sophomore year of high school in Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. This time, Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt tell the story through freak Christine Lee.

Christine would be dreading the year ahead if it were not for her three best friends, Ana, Riley, and Zoe The Miracle Girls. Sophomore year is never easy for anyone, but especially not for Christine who is still getting over her mother's death and her father's upcoming marriage to The Bimbo, Candace. While Candace is actually just what Christine needs in her life, she is certain that no one will take the place of her mother and determined to break up the happy couple. If this were not enough stress, Ana and Riley begin fighting, a cute guy may or may not like Christine, and her favorite teacher comes under fire from the school board. Christine has no clue what to do when it looks like her friends might no longer be there for her.

Of the four Miracle Girls, Christine is probably the one I would most like to meet. She calls herself a freak and is somewhat of an emo chick, but she actually seems the most realistic of the bunch. Her main problem is very similar to that of most teens - she is unable to see that adults might actually have a clue of what it is like to be a teenager, which endears her to teenagers and to anyone who remembers those years. While some of Christine's choices are not the best, you cannot help but root for her to come out on top in the end.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do is the type of novel that can make you laugh and cry in the span of a few pages. That is because Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt have managed to capture so well what it is like to be a teenager today.

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