Tuesday, September 29, 2009

REVIEW - Mixed Bags

Title: Mixed Bags
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Young Adult
Grade: B

From the back cover:
When her mom died, DJ had to move in with her grandmother, internationally famous '60s fashion model Katherine Carter.  Now Mrs. Carter's opened a boarding home for young ladies, and DJ--who would rather wear her basketball team uniform than haute couture--is just sure they'll all be unbearable fashion snobs.

One by one the girls arrive and begin to figure out how to fit into this new family, getting to know each other and forming friendships.  There's a few aspiring divas and even a closet Christian.  Before long, the Carter House girls are dating, fighting, laughing, shopping, sharing clothes, purses, shoes . . . and their deepest secrets.  DJ may not turn into the perfect little lady her grandmother has in mind, but one thing's for certain--with all these new "sisters," her life will never be the same!

My review:
I have come to the realization that Melody Carlson's books just don't have a whole lot to them.  They're fairly slow moving, and not a lot happens.  I have further realized it's because she writes series, and maybe doesn't have a whole lot of plot, and wants to stretch out the books.  At least each book is short, which is the way YA books should be, if you ask me.

I do enjoy her writing, though, and she has excellent character development.  The religion in her books is fairly mild, but it's definitely there.  I would recommend this book to readers who like young adult or chick lit.  Just don't expect anything profound.  It's light and easy reading, which is nice sometimes.

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