A Whisper and a Wish by Robin Jones Gunn is volume 2 in The Christy Miller Series. It introduces Rick and Katie as friends of Christy. Both will help shape Christy’s life in her high school years. At the end of the first book Christy thinks about her experience in California and knows she wants to come back for college or a visit one day. Christy discovers that she will be moving to California sooner then she expects. She thinks she will be back with her beach friends in Newport. She is a little disappointed to learn she will be two hours away in a small town not near the ocean.

As school starts Christy is excited to be seen with the popular crowd. Everything seems to be going well for her and her friends. Brittany is a popular girl who seems nice. However, she has some secrets that will cause trouble for Christy. At a sleepover party with her friends Janelle, Katie and Brittany, Christy finds out that Brittany is making herself sick whenever she eats. She later finds out Brittany is taking prescription diet pills prescribed for Brittany’s mother. Christy also discovers that Janelle and Katie are new Christians and attend a local church. The girls quickly invite Christy to attend the youth group on Sunday morning. At the youth group Christy meets Rick.

Christy is invited by her aunt and uncle to visit Palm Springs with them for an extended weekend, and they allow her to bring two friends. Brittany and Janelle are delighted to go and everything seems perfect until Brittany drags both Christy and Janelle into her problem. Christy learns quickly that she must rely on God for wisdom.

A Whisper and a Wish is a great help to parents. The story reminds teenagers to choose their friends wisely. Christy learns about the serious issues of appearance and what some girls will do for attention. In recent weeks there have been reports on the news about prescription drug abuse. Many teens say it is easy to get drugs from the medicine cabinet. Also parents need to know the warning signs of eating disorders which could lead to serious health problems or death.

This book is for teenage girls 13 -17. Christy is 14 in Book 1 and is 17 at the end of the series.

Kristina O’Brien is a mother of twin girls, an avid reader, and credentialed teacher. She has taught both middle school and high school history. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and enjoys raising her two girls.

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