Disclaimer: I have never read the Christy Miller series. If I had, I might have enjoyed the Sierra Jensen series a little bit more. Reading this was like watching a sequel to a movie without watching the first one. It was not a problem because the story was good on its own; but my sequential obsession drove me crazy coming into a story that obviously has more background.
I enjoy young adult fiction because they are cleaner than adult fiction. This story is about a 16-year-old and shares the ups and downs in friendships, family, and school relationships. I would recommend this to Christian teen girls who are looking for easy reading. They can probably relate to a lot of what was shared by Sierra in her longing to be grown up (like her friends from her mission trip and her older sister, Tawni) and still having a year and a half left of high school.
Common issues are raised throughout the books: readjusting after overseas mission trips, moving to a new area and how family members adjust differently, and the all-too-common vice of jealousy.
Overall a good book, but I had to laugh a few times remembering when I was 16 and looking back on it now.
I reviewed this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.