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Departures by Robin Jones Gunn


Cover art: Departures Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Departures - Two Rediscovered Stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN-13: 978-1-60142-346-7
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Inspirational
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
Year/Setting: Present day/Wisconsin & Montana
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Robin's Website/Blog: www.karynhenleyfiction.com

Dear Readers:

This author has been writing teen series fiction for a long time. Her lovely stories always offer readers an inspirational, Christian "bent" within the world of each of her characters. With this new short novel, Ms. Gunn has unearthed two old stories that she wanted the public to know about, which center around her two characters - Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen.

In the first story we meet up with Christy Miller. She, her brother, David, and the rest of her family, are at the airport headed to Brightwater, Wisconsin for her grandparents fiftieth wedding anniversary. She’s looking forward to going back to Wisconsin. Her family owned a farm there long ago, where she was raised, but they had to move to California when her father needed another job in order to support the family.

Upon returning home, Christy meets up with Matthew Kingsley - the boy she had her very first crush on. As they "tour" the old spots around town like the high school, Matthew and Christy talk over the past and all the ‘what if’s’ that could’ve been if Christy hadn’t moved on. Will Christy and Matthew strike up a new relationship? Or, will Christy return home and begin a new life and a new future?

The second story in Departures is about Sierra Jensen. Sierra is fifteen and is waiting at another airport with her best friend, Jana, her older brother, Gregg, and his best friend, Tim. Their flight has been delayed, so their trip to meet up with Mom and Dad at Glacier National Park for the Fourth of July has been pushed back. While waiting for their next hook-up, the gang goes over to the Mall of America where they decide to waste some time instead of sitting at the airport.

Sierra is a bit "over the top" and very nervous about things, whereas her best friend, Jana is extremely calm and laid back. When they finally arrive at their destination, a stranger named Danny from Oklahoma - who Sierra went out with in the past - is also there for the Fourth of July festivities, and they "hook-up" once again. However, Jana and Sierra find themselves drawn-in by Gregg and Tim, and have to re-evaluate their friendship; figure out their next steps in the dating world; and, find what path they want to take where boys and life are concerned.

Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen are "old characters" who teenage audiences fell in love with long ago - and this new book offers two simple, heartwarming stories that all young females can relate to. Although nothing dramatic, exciting, or ‘fresh’ - this is a good book and a good read that fans of the series’ will enjoy.

Until next time,

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