Departures - A Book Review


Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen cross paths on their way to summer vacations that reveal what a gift it is to have a true Forever Friend.

Now Boarding at Gate 10
After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd’s departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, an old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be.

In the Event of a Water Landing
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can’t wait to spend her summer vacation with her friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana’s only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it’s possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences.

About the Author

ROBIN JONES GUNN is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy books, with over 4 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Best known among them are the Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, and Christy and Todd: College Years teen series. A Christy Award winner and a two-time finalist for excellence in fiction, Robin has also been a Gold Medallion finalist. She and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.


I have read other books by Robin Jones Gunn. Before Departures, I hadn't read any of the Christy Miller Series. My daughters have though, and liked them.

Departures is two books in one. In Now Boarding at Gate 10 , Christy is a recent high school graduate. Her boyfriend has moved and she's left wondering what she's going to do next. During the summer, she travels with her family. A lot transpires over the course of her summer vacation. "Was it possible to do the right thing, make the right decision, and say the right words yet still feel sad about if afterward?"   from pages 95-95

In the Event of a Water Landing follows Sierra as she travels with a friend for summer vacation. Their trip turns into an adventure. Sierra is also surprised by her friend Jana once they reach their destination. She realizes that she doesn't want to grow up to fast.

Departures is billed as Two Rediscovered Stories as Robin Jones Gunn discovered these stories on her computer when she moved. I enjoyed reading Departures. The intended audience is teenagers, and 15 year old really liked the book, too. If you have teenage daughters, or you have read the Christy Miller series in the past, I recommended this book. It's a good easy read. Just the thing your daughter might like for summer reading.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. I received no other compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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