Ana Dominguez was happy in San Jose, but everything changed when her dad moved the family to Half Moon Bay, California, to open a law practice. Her parents think she’s settling into her new school nicely, but she has them fooled. Riley, the most popular girl in school, has picked Ana as enemy #1, and Tyler, Ana’s crush, doesn’t even know Ana exists.
When Ana ends up in detention with Riley, her life suddenly changes. When Ana, Riley, Christine, and Zoe share their essays on “The Day My Life Changed,” it turns out they have more in common than they ever would have imagined. Now as Ana lives out her faith, she and Zoe are determined to befriend Riley and Christine. But the drama of high school life has only just begun. . . .
My ****4 Star**** Review
Meet the miracle girls: Ana, Zoe, Christine and Riley. This unlikely group is thrown together for a project during detention. Don’t get the wrong idea. These aren’t your typical troublemakers, but they each have circumstances which led them to this fate. The project is to write an essay about the day their life changed. After they’ve written their essays, they are then told they have to share them with their groups. None of them are interested in sharing, but then they’re notified that they won’t leave detention until they’ve done so. Upon sharing, they all learn that by some miracle, they all escaped a life and death situation. Zoe immediately feels that there’s some higher purpose as to why they’ve all been thrown together. Their group isn’t easily formed, though, especially considering a couple of the girls, Ana and Riley, appear to hate each other.
The story is written from Ana’s perspective, so you really get a good glimpse at all of her personal struggles. These struggles vary greatly, too. She’s new to the area and has zero friends. Her housekeeper and closest confidant has just been diagnosed with lupus. She’s a little obsessed with Tyler, lead singer of the Christian band Three Car Garage, but he doesn’t know she exists. Then there’s her overbearing parents, who have very strict rules and expect nothing less than perfection when it comes to school and looking forward to college. Oh, and don’t forget her role with the miracle girls, particularly her struggles with getting along with Riley.
Ana’s only a freshman and has a lot of growing up to do still. She comes off as a bit judgmental and self-righteous. She obsesses over Tyler for no reason other than his looks. She disregards Dave, bass player, for his looks, despite his amazing personality and interest in her. She also behaves like an airhead at times. Now these qualities would normally put me off in a main character, but it’s obvious that Ana is behaving in a manner typical to her age, and that she’s taking gradual steps in the right direction. Oh, and I couldn’t help but love her because she eats her Oreos and marshmallows the same way I do!
There’s a romance in the story, but this is sooo much more than a romance. This story is about learning some tough life lessons, forming the right kind of relationships, and honoring your parents even when you don’t agree with them. There are some very tense situations that arise, but you get to see Ana mature through them and learn some profound truths.
This story is perfect for younger adult females looking for a story with good morals! There is a romance, but it’s extremely clean. Hand holding is the extent of the physical aspect. There’s no foul language.
I picked up my copy on Amazon when it was being offered for free.
About the Authors ~ Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt