Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Review: Departures

This book appeals to my love of all things Robin Jones Gunn.

Departures is a book with two novellas in it, one about our beloved Christy Miller (Now Boarding at Gate 10) and one about her friend Sierra Jensen (In the Event of a Water Landing.)  The Christy Miller story is set between the final two books of the Christy Miller series, right after Christy graduates from high school.  Christy and her family (yes, even Aunt Marti and Uncle Bob) are in Wisconsin celebrating her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary.  There she reunites with her grade-school crush, Matthew, who appears to be showing romantic interest in her.  Christy then dares to dream that her future might look very different that she thought it would.  In Sierra's story, Sierra is vacationing with her friend at a lake in Montana.  It becomes clear to the 15-year-old that her friend is only interested in acquiring a boyfriend, while Sierra just wants to hang out as a group.  Sierra begins to question her relationship with her friend, wondering if she'll ever find a Forever Friend who is on the same page as she is.

These two stories satisfy a desire to read "just one more" story about these two girls.  If you've read the other series, then these fit right in.  If you haven't, then these actually are a pretty good introduction to the other two.  I cannot stress enough how much I think you should be reading Robin Jones Gunn.  If you have teenage girls in your life, they should be reading the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen stories.  If you aren't a teenager, while I think you'd enjoy them too, then you should be reading Mrs. Gunn's Glenbrooke and Sisterchick series.

Robin Jones Gunn is a delightful writer, who not only entertains, but encourages your walk with the Lord through the delightful lives of her fictional characters.  I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Would you please rank my review?

This book was sent to me by WaterBrook Multnomah Press as a part of their Blogging for Books program.


  1. Oh my word, Tori, I completely agree with you about Robin Jones Gunn books. I had no idea there was a new book for Christy and Sierra. I'm so excited! Those books shaped a lot of how I viewed my teenage years in conjunction with my faith. I have such a fondness for those characters. Thanks for bringing attention to the new book!
    - Kristy Gearhart

  2. I, too, loved the Christy Miller series when I was growing up. How recently have you read them? Because I was wondering if they're still good even though they talk about "tapes" instead of "CDs," and the early 90's fashion they describe. I know I would still love them, but I'm wondering what a 2011 teenager would think.