Summer Promise: Book 1 in the Christy Miller Series


The book is written in such a way that it reminds you of your own life challenges. Trust in the Lord because He can lead you through any storm that life may throw your way. Its because of the relationship I have developed with the characters in the story. I feel as if I am literally in there shoes. You can relate your life challenges completely to the characters. I would absolutely recommended this book to anyone who is in for a good read and a life lesson on being who you want to be and not who others expect you to be.

This book taught me that being beautiful or cool means being yourself. You don't need to change you to be accepted by others, you just need to except yourself as God has made you. Remember God never makes mistakes. Compared to all the other tan, fashionable, surfer girls, Christy is a frosty cone from Wisconsin. So her Aunt Marti decided to take Christy to get a makeover. Christy thinks that a new haircut, wardrobe and personality will make her fit in. Christy is invited to a party with her new friend Alissa, well there not really friends like Christy thought. As soon as they get to the party Alissa leaves with a guy and Christy is on her own.

She is so frustrated that she leaves the party when a nice Christian Todd offers to walk her home. That same night Todd's best friend Sean died. After smoking drugs he ran into the ocean and crashed into the jetty. Todd introduces Christy to his Christian friends and they take Christy to one of their church concerts. They all talk about God as if he is their best friend. She has always been a Christian but her new friends say to be a Christian you have to give your life over to God?

How does she do that? One morning after having a huge fight with Todd, Christy thought about what him and her friends had said about giving her life over to God. She sat beside her bed and prayed to God. She asked him to forgive her of her sins and to come into her life. That was the day Christy Miller truly became a Christian and lived her life the way God wanted her to. She no longer wanted to be any one else because she knew that God made her the way she was suppose to be.

Before Christy went back home to Wisconsin, Todd had stopped their car from leaving. He ran up to Christy and told her how great it was to hear she had turned her life over to the Lord. He had said that Seans death had really depressed him but this changed everything. Then just before Christy left her secret crush behind, he handed her a bouquet of white carnations and kissed her! He promised he would write and with that Christy hopped on a plane back to Wisconsin, leaving all her great summer memories back in California, Newport Beach.

Christy has made new friends, changed appearances and become one with God. She has changed more over the last few weeks then in the last two years! With God now beside her Christy has found out who she truly is. I had won them in a Focus on the Family reading contest. I barely understood the choices that Christy faced and many of the concepts were a little over my head at the time.

But when I reread the first 6 or so books again after turning 15, they made a big impact on me. If she were real she would be the closest of my "book" friends- except for maybe Mallory from the Babysitter's Club or Kate The first time I heard about the Christy Miller series I was only ten or eleven years old. If she were real she would be the closest of my "book" friends- except for maybe Mallory from the Babysitter's Club or Kate O'Connell from the Northwoods Series. She is so sweet and when she doesn't understand something she sits and listens rather than reacting. I remember my copy of the book, Summer Promise, it looked like an adult romance novel- not at all like the nice updated versions.

I learned about drugs for the first time. Not up to this point can I recall hearing the expression "stoned". The Guess teddy-bear t-shirt she wears to the party- I had one of those. I can relate to the way Christy picks out her clothes- underdressed for one event, overdressed for the next. I am rereading this book for I would say fourth or fifth time. Christy's innocences and the simplicity of the story are what I love about Robin Jones Gunn. I barely knew Jared Nagel he was a Christian- praise God! The youngest person's funeral I have ever attended. Todd is an amazing and to use Doug's word "awesome" young man.

I grew up in California so I knew about many of the places in this book. Especially when they go to San Francisco. Makes you want some Rice-a-Roni. When I go to San Francisco again I am going to find that music box and an Alcatraz sweatshirt for my husband. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book Christy is responding to her Uncle Bob about being true to herself. I mean, what about God? Where does He fit in? Does He just let me go my merry way, and if I don't happen to 'pull myself in' in time, then splat splat, that's that, too bad Christy?

Dec 23, Lydia Dyslin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first read this book a little over a year ago and now I'm coming back to it and reading it again - partly because I am desperate to finish my Reading Challenge and I can finish three of these books in a day, and partly because I just love it so much. This book is super sweet. Part of what I love about it so much is the main character, Christy Miller, and her thoughts and feelings are so relateable.

I mean sure I can't really relate to going to parties like the one Christy went to, but her I first read this book a little over a year ago and now I'm coming back to it and reading it again - partly because I am desperate to finish my Reading Challenge and I can finish three of these books in a day, and partly because I just love it so much. I mean sure I can't really relate to going to parties like the one Christy went to, but her thoughts about Todd and friendship and things like that I can definitely empathize with.

I think it's also super fun to have read all the way up to Christy and Todd: The College Years and then go back to the very first book. A little remark or scene like the green-bean bathing suit makes you grin as you think about the scene in later books where Christy learned that THAT was actually the first time he saw her. Mar 01, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: Christy Miller is a bit of a brat in this one but wow, Robins writing has Improved amazingly!!

She had Christy as a sassy, immature girl from Wisconsin who later turns into a mature young woman of God. I loved the books for that. Todd Spencer is a bit too perfect. He was A great character but he seemed to do everything right. It irritated me a bit but overall he was a fabulous influence on Christy!! I just finished reading this for the third or fourth time. I loved that we got to see both sides on the characters! We saw when Todd was his normal perky self and then when he was in grief.

We saw Christy as a sweet innocent girl for Wisconsin and then we saw her lose her temper. Overall an amazing book!! This was a great Christian teen book. After making a promise to her parents not to do anything she will regret, 14 yr. Here she learns, as her aunt tries to change her and make her into a fashionable girl, that getting everything you want can't bring you happiness. She meets a girl named Alissa and really wants to be like her, not knowing how hard Alissa's life is. Then she meets handsome surfer Todd Spencer. She gets to This was a great Christian teen book.

She gets to be friends with him and his friend group. They are all Christians but Christy is not. She thought she was, but she hadn't trusted in Jesus as her savior. Todd helps her understand what it is to be a Christian. After bad influences, tragedy, and help and prayers of friends, Christy finally makes a life changing decision which is definitely something she will not regret!

Jul 23, Abigail the Fangirl rated it really liked it. I first read this series when I was 12 years old. I was absolutely in love with Todd and I adored the lessons that I learned in this book. I am now seventeen and I still am such a huge fan of Christy Miller. The first book, this book, is my least favorite book in the series but I still enjoy it. I just have trouble getting through it because Christy is such a whiny little baby!! I am not an emotional person and I have trouble trying to be patient with Christy because all she does it cry She d I first read this series when I was 12 years old.

She does mature later on though and love watching her grow!! If you're a Christian lady and want to grow spiritually while enjoying a cute romantic series, I suggest you pick up Christy Miller!! Feb 16, J. You have been warned. This is a book series aimed at young Christian girls.

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Summer Promise is definitely an enjoyable read! It's a bit preachy, but it was a cute story despite that. And she's 14 and they start dating. It's her first boyfriend sort-of boyfriend? What I didn't like about the book: Not up to this point can I recall hearing the expression "stoned".

I thought that this was at least worth checking out because I read Beverly Lewis' Holly's Heart series a while back and enjoyed it. Christy Miller seemed similar. I'd probably actually give this a 2. The text is blue! Main character Christy is mostly realistic. She's not perfect, she's naive at times, she throws temper tantrums. Definitely no Mary Sue.

Dealt with REAL issues drugs, boys, friendship, death, religion. Great setting the beach! Usually these parts were the ones that dealt with religion or salvation. Christy's aunt really got on my nerves. Didn't care for the love interest at all. The Christian singer at the concert got on my nerves. The book was "too preachy" at times.

I would recommend this one for young girls discovering their faith who don't mind books that are a bit too preachy. I just don't tend to enjoy books Christian or non-Christian that makes me feel like I'm being preached to. I have the other two books in the series. Jul 02, Kaitlin rated it did not like it Shelves: Check out more reviews at Books to the Sky. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I honestly couldn't finish this book. I had no idea this was going to be religious.

The entire time I was reading the book I felt like I was being preached at. There was a part where Todd, Christy's love interest, made it seem like if you weren't Christian then you weren't worthy. I strongly disliked her Aunt Marti. From the beginning she was trying to change everything about Christy; Check out more reviews at Books to the Sky. From the beginning she was trying to change everything about Christy; what she ate, what she wore and how she acted.

I did like her Uncle Bob though. He told her to be herself and that was good enough.

This book was originally published in , it was republished this year for the Kindle. Aug 09, Hannah rated it it was ok. I had great expectations for this book as I had heard from many websites and reviews that it was an amazing book and led them to Christ or taught them to draw close to Him. I honestly was extremely disappointed in this book. There was nothing that was "inappropriate" in one sense, but so much craziness over boys. It was frustrating for me when this was supposed to be such an amazing read and throughout almost the whole book Christy is mooning over this one guy and trying all the I had great expectations for this book as I had heard from many websites and reviews that it was an amazing book and led them to Christ or taught them to draw close to Him.

It was frustrating for me when this was supposed to be such an amazing read and throughout almost the whole book Christy is mooning over this one guy and trying all the time to get his attention. And she's 14 and they start dating. Nov 18, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: I had heard a lot about the Christy Miller series before I actually picked up the first book and started reading. I was rather disappointed at first, because it wasn't what I had imagined it to be.

When I finished it, it took me a while to figure out what exactly I thought about it. For one, I'll say that I was a bit disappointed overall, simply because it just wasn't what I was expecting it to be. But I can also see how it could be impacting for others, even though it wasn't my favorite. Christy I had heard a lot about the Christy Miller series before I actually picked up the first book and started reading. Christy's story is probably similar to a lot of other girls' stories, and I appreciated the little glimpse into a lifestyle that was different than mine.

I read this whole series when I was about 13 and I really liked it. Probably would have given it 5 stars. I just re-read this first book today because I was curious to see if it was as good the second time around. Perhaps it's because I have different taste in books now.

Perhaps it's because I'm ten years older than the main character. Or perhaps I was just too young when I read it the first time to realize that it really wasn't that grea I read this whole series when I was about 13 and I really liked it. Or perhaps I was just too young when I read it the first time to realize that it really wasn't that great of a book. Whatever the case, it's definitely not as good as I used to think it was. Jul 02, THT Steph rated it really liked it.

Robin Jones Gunn deals with some authentic teen issues while keeping with a Christian world view. I enjoyed this fast little read very much, and look forward to reading more from this author.

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Jul 31, Jennifer Wilson rated it really liked it. Robin Jones Gunn posted this week on a social media site that during a radio interview she was introduced as Christy Miller. I can see why. The character she created is so realistic that I, as a non-fiction aficionado, enjoyed this book greatly. This is a Christian book, and I normally have a bias against books that weave the "plan of salvation" into the story line, but aside from that I want to read the rest of this series, and I'm not even the target age range!

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I believe this was ooriginally published in the mid 90s, it's a bit dated in the fact the teenagers have no cell phones! I thought different times how crazy it was none of them texted! What a difference fifteen years makes! The book doesn't shy away from difficult topics. An alcoholic mother of a friend. These might make this book not a great choice for a tween, but unfortunately this is the world in which teens live, so tackling these topics in a book would likely be a great help to some girls.

Christy is from Wisconsin, but living with her aunt and uncle for the summer. She makes new friends who are different from those she knows back home. She takes risks in wardrobe and changes her hair, starts wearing make up and she falls for a guy who takes her to Disneyland for her birthday, but then at the end of the day things aren't quite the way she thought they were. The biggest thing I disliked about this book is it's part of a series, and of course, when the end comes, you're left wondering what is going to happen next.

But, I solved that by reading reviews online of book two in the series. I do want to finish reading this series at some point! I received a digital download of this book for review purposes. The opinions are my own. Jul 31, Beverly rated it liked it. I received an electronic copy of this book from Librarything's Early Review program in exchange for an honest review.

Book Summary from Amazon: She's full of hope that surfer Todd will like her; the beach crowd will accept her; and she can become like her gorgeous new friend, Alissa. But the summer doesn't unfol I received an electronic copy of this book from Librarything's Early Review program in exchange for an honest review.

But the summer doesn't unfold as Christy hoped; she discovers this season also holds heartache. Todd wavers between Christy and another girl; year-old Shawn dies in a drug-related surfing accident-and the police want to know how Christy was involved; Alissa discloses that her sophistication hides a painful past. Or will she do anything to get Todd, to be accepted, to force her summer to give her everything it promised? Gunn's story provides a positive message for teens. Even as an adult Christian I found passages that spoke to me. Though the book touches on several serious issues, it has a light tone.

It doesn't weigh the reader down. What I didn't like about the book: The writing was all over the place.

Some passages were beautifully written with great depth. Other passages were rather flat. Sometimes, I wasn't sure if the writer knew where she was going with the story. Christy is a mostly likable character, but she seems rather immature for her age. The series has great potential and I'm interested to see where she goes with the series.

It seems a fairly common question to ask someone what book changed their life. Whenever I hear this, I immediately go to the Christy Miller series and then feel like a bad English major because it's far from literature. But it's the truth.

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It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but for young teen girls confused about God and life as they fully transition into adolescence, it's perfect. It shows that there is more to romance than what is currently marketed to teens and that taking it slow ha It seems a fairly common question to ask someone what book changed their life. It shows that there is more to romance than what is currently marketed to teens and that taking it slow has its rewards. It's certainly not as brutally honest as Becoming Me and the rest of the Diary of a Teenage Girl series by Carlson, but they make a nice pairing.

I'm going on 27 and still waiting on my Todd but don't seem too damaged by these novels. The broader theme of waiting on God's timing is one that remains applicable throughout our lives, not just when we're super young. And yes, the Bible does tell us that we will be rewarded for our faithfulness. Those rewards don't necessarily manifest in a husband, but I'm not sure that's the message this book is sending.

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Oct 19, Jillian rated it it was amazing. I finally got the chance to read my first Christy Miller book, after hearing so many great things about the series. Summer Promise is definitely an enjoyable read! Christy's story drew me in from the start and I finished it in one sitting. Christy is such a sweet and innocent character that I think a lot of younger girls can relate to.

She reminded me a lot of my younger self. Occasionally I thought some of her actions made her appear younger than a fourteen-year-old girl, and that sort of drew I finally got the chance to read my first Christy Miller book, after hearing so many great things about the series. Occasionally I thought some of her actions made her appear younger than a fourteen-year-old girl, and that sort of drew me out of the story.

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However, the majority of Christy's actions was realistic. Summer Promise deals with real issues that a lot of teens face today. Christy's journey to become a true Christian is believable, and not preachy or forced at any point. The questions she asks about her faith are true concerns that many teens have. I wish I had read this when I was a little younger, but I still loved it and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

This is a very cute and sweet book that I think a lot of younger girls will love. I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. Jul 11, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: There were elements of this book that I really enjoyed and thought were totally appropriate and applicable in a young girl's life today, issues that she would be hungering to know more about and I liked how the author dealt with these heavy topics. What I didn't care for was how young Christy was to be obsessed over some boy that she had only just met, I felt like she was a little too immature to try juggling a boyfriend.

While this book had some good points I wasn't too impressed with the quali There were elements of this book that I really enjoyed and thought were totally appropriate and applicable in a young girl's life today, issues that she would be hungering to know more about and I liked how the author dealt with these heavy topics. While this book had some good points I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the material or characters. Sep 09, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: Young teenager Christy spends the summer in California with her rich and worldly aunt and uncle.

Christy faces challenges in her friendships and self-image and questions what is important in this life. I've wanted to read these books since being impressed with other titles by Robin Jones Gunn. I thought this was a very realistic look at some issues facing teenagers in the 90's its a tad bit dated! I would recommend it for teenagers on the mature side. Looking forward to Book 2!

Jul 27, Katrina rated it liked it Shelves: I was browsing through my old bookshelf looking for a specific book when I came across this one. I remember reading this serires a long time ago, wehn I was about 9 or 10 and I really enjoyed it. Other than it being a Christian book, I didn't remember anything else from it as it's been about 9 years since I've read it. It's a bit preachy, but it was a cute story despite that. Sep 22, Sarah rated it liked it. Another fantastic book by Robin Jones Gunn. The settings for her books are always just right for her storys.

May 11, Eden rated it it was amazing. Christy is an old childhood friend, and it was good to revisit her even if her bratty wallowing was a bit more obnoxious than when I thought fourteen was so old and mature. Apr 18, Myra added it Shelves: Really enjoyed reading this. Review will come soon. Jul 16, Alex Roma rated it liked it. It's possible if I had a podcast it would be about all the weird Christian YA and sometimes middle grade books I read as a kid. Buckle in, because this one's going to be pretty long.

Christy Miller is a series that has always been close to my heart. I found it in my small town library when I was no older than 10 and devoured all of them. Later, she came out with a companion series for Sierra that I liked almost as much. Last I read, there was a college series, but from what I've seen online, th It's possible if I had a podcast it would be about all the weird Christian YA and sometimes middle grade books I read as a kid.

Last I read, there was a college series, but from what I've seen online, the Christy Millerverse has expanded now to view spoiler [Christy and Todd married and having children and so on and so forth. But my mentality is different now than it was when I was this age.

As a Christian now who has mostly non-Christian fans and a lot of frustration with the church environments I grew up with, this book hasn't exactly aged well. For one thing, there's Christy's relationship to women. Aunt Marti is rich and therefore horribly materialistic and snobbish, constantly trying to change her niece and basically like the Californian version of Emily Gilmore but Christy's uncle who's just as rich is actually super nice, they make sure to say. The one other "good girl" in the book is seen as competition for Christy with her love interest, so Christy treats her pretty terribly.

There's a Reaganistic take on marijuana in this book that's kind of laughable, and I don't even smoke or have any desire to. Mind you, I do think getting stoned and then going surfing at night can probably lead to disaster, but there's again this dichotomy. And it was weird to see how naive Christy was? Like at one point, Shawn and Alissa take off, obviously to hook up, and she's like "oh are they going to get lunch?

I had protective Christian parents. I had a "true love waits" ring and I'd never had a boyfriend. But I knew that other kids were not like that and I knew how to pick up on cues. I've already started the next book and she gets invited to a TP party and has no idea what they're talking about? AND she grew up in the Midwest??? This is a problem that I have with most Christian fiction: God called a murderer to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.