Learning (Bailey Flanigan, #2)by Published 19 Jun 2011
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Bailey Flanigan is growing closer to her dream to be an actress and dancer in New York while Cody coaches a small high school football team … on and off the field. But neither feels complete without the chance to share their dreams with one other. Can distance truly make the heart grow fonder? Or will Cody learn to turn to others to share in his happiness? And when tragedy strikes? Who will be there to provide comfort in the face of loss? As Cody’s past catches up with him, he must learn to reach out for help or risk withdrawing permanently inside himself. Both Bailey and Cody find themselves learning significant life lessons in this poignant love story, featuring members from Karen Kingsbury’s popular Baxter family.
Learning (Bailey Flanigan, #2) Reviews
i love love love bailey ❤❤❤ this is one of my favorite series written by karen kingsbury a must read and a great additions to the baxter books although id like to smack cody and tell him go get your girl lol other than that a must read i cant put down!!!!!
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....
The characters in this series are no strangers to Kingsbury fans. Bailey and Cody had recurring roles in four previous series along with the ever present Baxter family (who also make appearances in this series). Bailey and Cody are maturing as young adults and beginning their respective careers on Broadway and coaching football, which propels their personal lives in different directions.
This series has taken an idealistic approach to a Christian's struggle in everyday life. Bailey's family dynamics take on almost super-human qualities and they are always ready to dispense divinely inspired advice. Bailey's journey as a single Christian woman in search of love and her desire for fame on the Broadway stage at times seem at odds with one another and are compounded by numerous preachy moments. Inspirational messages should feel natural and flawlessly integrated into the story, but sometimes I felt like Bailey was pushing everything to be too spiritual to the point where it can alienate some readers.
Cody's storyline revolved around his success as a football coach and mentor to young boys. This plot line was heavy on the football and light on the romance. Cody and Bailey do not have any interactions with one another throughout the book, but both succumb to frequent Facebook stalking of each other's profiles. Consequently, both are aware of the other's new romantic relationships and have decided to move on with their lives in spite of their lingering love for one another. All the romantic elements in this book are very tame and appropriate for a younger audience.
I see this series as the introduction to Karen Kingsbury's body of work for the daughter's of her longtime fans. The story and the way it was written will appeal to the teen-young adult demographic, especially since a majority of the main character's interactions occur through Facebook and Skype.
**review copy provided by Zondervan**
Well…it was typical Karen Kingsbury. Saccharine sweet and even the conflicts will be wrapped up by the end of the series with no issues. I know her message is that God is good and will overcome all, but sometimes it just feels as if she is disconnected from the real world. A teacher taking in a student who was hiding in the school because he had no place else to go? Yes, it could happen, but only after dealing with a ton of bureaucratic nightmares. In the meantime, it's more likely the kid would have accused the teacher of abuse and with no one to vouch otherwise, the teacher would be in a world of trouble. And with this series being based in Indiana, the fictional town/football team parts just don't really ring true for me. The small-town football team would not be playing Warren Central and Lawrence Central, and John Marshall hasn't been a football powerhouse in years. Yes, that's picky, but…
I realize I'm starting to sound bitter and picky, so I'll let it go. In closing thoughts--I remember absolutely loving the Redemption Series and recommending them to our church book club. Maybe I've just hit a wall and it's too much of a good thing. I think I'll let this one go for awhile…and won't be rushing out for books 3 and 4 in this series!
Honestly, I was more engaged with this one than the first book, but many of the same issues continued. I LOVED the depth of Christian life presented in these books, and truly it was so powerful, but the romance side of the book and certain characters brought the rest of the book down.
-Brandon. His romantic speeches got on my nerves so much. Seriously, if I saw a guy acting that way to a girl in real life, I'd encourage the girl to steer clear. He was very pressuring, by constantly telling her how they ought to be together and so on and so forth. Bailey found him so humble, but his actions and speech sure didn't live up to that. Girls...don't look for a guy like this ;)
-Love triangles have never been my thing...enough said!!
-I didn't agree with some the characters motives of being a light for Jesus in certain situations...yes, we should shine for Him, but we also should be mindful of how our actions reflect on our testimony.
-The football theme was so much like Facing the Giants, and it was basically stated that God assured Cody that every game they were going to play, they would win!! What?
-Bailey and her mom are close...I love that they talk about everything
-Cheyenne is the sweetest girl. She is definitely my favorite character from these books, and if things don't work out like I hope, I'm going to be very sad!
-Many challenging, thought-worthy topics that will encourage young people to be bold for Christ. Don't be afraid to speak of what God has done in your life!
So, why am I continuing this series? Because, I do care enough to see what happens...and I hate NOT finishing a series :)) If the same things I dislike in the next books continue, I won't state them on my other reviews of this series.
I have enjoyed every KK book I have ever read. Learning is no exception. The characters in this book and many others are some of my favorites, Bailey especially. To watch her grow from a young teenager into a strong young woman off on her own in New York is quite exciting. It almost felt like I was there with her as she started her job and learned the routines. I love the special relationship she has with her mom. I think every teenage girl and mom should read these books and desire to have a relationship like that. I have to admit I am not too sure about what is best for Bailey as far as her man. I love seeing how happy she is when Brandon Paul treats her so special. I am upset with Cody for ignoring her, no matter his reasons. I can see many good things about it each way. I have always loved when her and Cody were together. I see such a special relationship between them that neither can have with anyone else. But Cody has made some choices that have kept them apart. And those choices have hurt Bailey greatly. So each of them has to live life down the path that those choices have put them on. It's like real life, the choices we make effect our lives and we can allow God to use them for good or we can keep making more bad choices. God is able to do great things no matter what our choices. And like the message that is throughout these books, God has a plan for our lives, a plan for good. That is something that I love about her books. She brings out how even through hard times and through things that we find impossible to live through God can and will bring us through if we will cling to Him through it. I cannot wait for the next two books in this series! They are going to be awesome, I know.