From the bestselling author of The Christy Miller Series, this series centers around Christy Miller's friend Sierra Jensen. Sierra is a spunky and bold sixteen-year-old with big dreams and unconventional clothes. Today's teens can truly relate to what is going on in Sierra's life -- whether it's friendships, dating, or learning to trust in God. Sierra shows readers how toFrom the bestselling author of The Christy Miller Series, this series centers around Christy Miller's friend Sierra Jensen. Sierra is a spunky and bold sixteen-year-old with big dreams and unconventional clothes. Today's teens can truly relate to what is going on in Sierra's life -- whether it's friendships, dating, or learning to trust in God. Sierra shows readers how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and how to grow in their commitment to Him....
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Close Your Eyes Reviews
This book was all over the place. Sierra has two boys in her life - 19-year-old Paul and 16-year-old Randy. PAUL: She's only met Paul once, and when she met him, she instantly was attracted to him. He was attracted to her too - until he found out she was only 16. She immediately demanded that the dump his non-Christian girlfriend and get back with the Lord. Instead of being offended, Paul found this amusing, and later writes her a letter saying that he did dump his girlfriend. Ever since then, Sierra's been daydreaming about him and thinking stuff like: The really fun thing about Paul was that the more she had thought about him in the last few months, the more she had convinced herself she had a crush on him. No, more than that: She and Paul were brought together by God, and she just knew that something had to happen between them - hopefully, very soon. I find this disturbing.Paul comes back into her life because her sister is dating Paul's brother. They don't really get a chance to talk, but they volunteer together at the same homeless shelter. He smiles at her and flirts with her mildly - and she's crazy about him. However, he's leaving to do mission work in Scotland for a year.When they finally DO get to talk - Paul asks her father for permission to take Sierra out to coffee - Paul ends up being a condescending little shit. Here she is, breathless, totally taken with this guy, and he's all like, "Oh, I heard you have a crush on me! How cute." Smirk, smirk. Sierra is filled with rage and sadness, but totally handles this like a boss. She pretends that it doesn't bother her, and gives him some good advice about God and wishes him a good trip to Scotland. He seems confused and deflated by this response. I was cheering! I don't usually see 16-year-olds with this kind of grace.BOY NUMBER 2: RANDYOkay, Randy is complicated. At the beginning of the book I was kind of pissed with him, since in the last book he lead Sierra on, making her think he was taking her to Formal, when really he was taking Vicki. Now, it appears that he goes over to her house and hangs out with her, playing games with her family and eating dinner with her family - a few times a week.Sierra treats this guy as nothing more than a friend. She only has friend/brother feelings towards him. But does he have a crush on her? Unclear. There's times in this book when it seems very foggy.For instance, sometimes he invites her to stuff, and it's a group outing, but it kind of seems like he wants to be alone with her. Like I said, he spends untold hours with her and her family. Also, once he said "We need to talk" and waited in the living room for 40 minutes while she got distracted playing Scrabble. Total jerk move on her part. However, when Randy sees her again after this, his first question to her is "Are you okay?" Total sweetheart move on his part. She apologizes and they make up, but there's NO resolution on what he wanted to talk to her about.Lastly, when they're at a concert together, she give him a hug and tells him "Thank you for being such a good friend."I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE JONES GUNN IS GOING WTIH THIS.Are we supposed to root for her to get together with Paul, the rakish adventurer who once strayed from God but is now coming back to church like a prodigal son? The one who's three years older than her and who she desperately wants tokisshold hands with?Or are we rooting for Randy, the solid guy who she can always count on, the dependable one who knows her family and is her loyal friend? But, and this is really important to me, she has NO desire tokiss Randyhold Randy's hand. And I think sexual attraction is really important in a relationship. Also, if I were Randy, I'd be really pissed to think Sierra was settling for me when she really wanted Paul. I wouldn't want to be anyone's consolation prize. He deserves a girl who swoons over him and wants to hold his hand just as much as Sierra dreams about Paul and wants to hold Paul's hand.You - yes, you, Reader - deserve to be with someone who's sexually attracted to you. Never settle.And is Sierra going to settle? Right now, if Jones Gunn told me her and Randy get married, I would feel sad. Both of them would be being cheated - Randy deserves a wife who thinks he's sexy and Sierra deserves a husband that she's sexually attracted to.It will be interesting to see how this plays out....LAST POINT: Just talk to Randy, Sierra. If you have feelings for him, if you don't have feelings for him - if he has feelings for you, if he doesn't have feelings for you. If you two are dating, if you two aren't dating - guess what? All this can be cleared up with a simple conversation - a conversation you two are refusing to have. Just bleeping talk to each other. It's not that difficult.
Another great young adult novel featuring the spunky heroine Sierra Jensen. I don't want to give away too much, but I will say that a character who has been absent since the middle of the first book appears, and makes things much more interesting.
I feel like Sierra fumbles through her life, dating especially, a lot more than Christy ever did which makes this a feel like a more accurate depiction of teen years. It's impossible for me not to constantly compare the two characters, seeing as they both have long series dedicated to them. But I also thinks Sierra stands pretty well on her own.
An overall enjoyable book, I liked seeing how Sierra could manage to get herself into this situations where she would have to think her way through. I liked this series and pretty much whipped through the whole lot of them. I would recommend to fans of the Christy Miller series.*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...
March 2013 re-read.
Last read May 2011
I'm definitely a different reader now than I was in middle school, but that hasn't changed my appreciation for Robin Jones Gunn.
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