Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Andi Unexpected" by Amanda Flower

About this book:

  “After the sudden death of their parents in the jungles of Central America, twelve-year-old science geek Andora “Andi” Boggs and her diva teenaged sister, Bethany, move to rural Killdeer, Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt. And while the timeworn house has been home to the Boggs family for generations, Andi feels far from at home. Exploring the attic in her grief, she discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree hidden in a Depression-era trunk. Despite the meddling of the citizens of Killdeer, Andi and her new friend, Colin Carter, are determined to find out who this first Andora was, how she vanished, and why no one in town wants to talk about her. As more and more unanswered questions pile up, Andi and Colin must decide who they can trust with their secrets and who is interested in Andora’s story for the wrong reasons.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Andi Boggs” series. {Books #2, “Andi Under Pressure”, will be reviewed next week!}

Spiritual Content- Mrs. Cragmeyer says “it was the Christian thing to do” when being thanked for taking care of Bethany & Andi a few months; Andi says that they (Andi, Bethany and their parents) but after their parents died they (Andi & Bethany) stopped going; Church going; Andi says she gave up Praying the day her parents died.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shush’, a ‘Duh!’, two ‘crummy’s, three ‘stupid’s, and a swear is said but not written; Andi mentions that her dad said that in Central America, lighting “there could skin a cat..”; Bethany snaps at Andi (she’s having a really hard time); A character lies and tricks another man; *Note: Brand names are mentioned: Juicy, Lucky Jeans, and Ab*ercrombie (Bethany wears them all). Girl Scout cookies are also served. Aunt Amelie does yoga.

Sexual Content- Bethany has a crush on Zane (who Andi says is a class-A jerk & only noticed Bethany after their parents died); Bergita tells Andi that Colin had a good time yesterday (cleaning the attic) but then says that maybe it was the company and winks at Andi; Bethany calls Andi & Colin boyfriend & girlfriend once (they aren’t and there isn’t any hints of that between them)

-Andora “Andi” Boggs, age 12
                                        First person P.O.V. of Andi
                                                   215 pages

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My personal Rating-

{Lowered ratings because of Andi’s not-growing Faith & Sister meanness. :( }
This was a fun and really cute story. It had humor & an interesting historical mystery! The grief between Bethany, 14, and Andi, 12, can be a little harsh because Bethany snaps at Andi. On page 65, the town name of Killdeer, Ohio is explained.  This past spring, at my family’s little country Church, I saw a Killdeer (a type of bird) nest. Colin explains it well: “Killdeers live in fields and protect their young at all cost. Their nests are in the high grass. To keep predators away from their eggs or chicks, they will pretend to have a broken wing to make the predators chase them instead.” Pretty neat, huh? In “Andi Unexpected” there’s a lot of history (for a modern book) and Colin. Colin? Andi describes him best: “I blinked at Colin. He was like a walking Wiki site.” Hahaha! It’s true though! ;)

See y’all on Friday!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.


  1. Might be a typo, but Bethany is 15 not 13

    1. Hi girlie! Bethany is actually 14, I just contacted the author. ;)
      Have a wonderfully Blessed week!