Monday, April 13, 2015

"Summer by Summer" by Heather Burch

{I’m hoping I don’t scare off any new followers with this review...but it goes to show you that even Christian teen books have naughty stuff in them! This one has a lot! :( }

About this book:

  “When Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with. In short, he’s everything she dislikes in a guy.
  Bray had a plan for the summer: party, hang out with friends, and forget all the responsibilities waiting for him back home. But every time he’s forced to be around Summer, her dour, serious mood sets him off. Not to mention she has a habit of picking up on what he already knows is wrong with him.
  Then the two find themselves on a dive trip gone wrong, stranded on a remote island. As they focus on survival, their differences melt away, and they find being together may be what both needed all along.”

Series: Stand-alone.

Spiritual Content- Mentions of Youth Group & Church going; A couple Scriptures are quoted; Talks about God & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when talking about God; Summer trusted God but then something bad happened and is now hesitant; Mentions of Prayers.
*Note: “The road to h*ll really was paved with good intentions.”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘shut up’, three forms of ‘idiot’, and 24 ‘stupid’s; Bray is a party boy, therefore Mentions of parties drugs, drinking & those who have too much; Mentions of divorce; Blood & A man is murdered (semi-detailed); Killing a crocodile (semi-detailed); Mentions of animal trafficking.  

Sexual Content- Noticing & Staring (semi-detailed to very-detailed); Touches, shivers & feelings (semi-detailed to very-detailed); Heat & butterflies in the stomach and hormonal teens (detailed to very-detailed); Lips, staring at lips & wanting to kiss (semi-detailed to detailed); two almost kisses, barely-above-not-detailed kiss, four semi-detailed kisses, and a very-detailed kiss; a guy roughly kisses a woman and mentions of human trafficking; four forms of ‘hot’ when referring to how someone looks; Bray talks about girls & hooking-up; Bray says he’s had a lot of girlfriends, kissed many girls and isn’t a virgin (when sleeping with one girl comes up he says he was just having fun); Summer remembers her purity promise, but that she’d “never go there with Bray”; A talk of Bray’s “needs”, but Bray says that Summer would be worth waiting for; In Bray’s P.O.V. “But being with her 24/7 never really gave me a break from the hormone push. In college, I’d been taught that s*x was a basic need of humanity. Food, water, shelter, s*x. What idiot came up with that?” and then a bit later “s*x isn’t a necessity.”, Bray tries to control his “s*x drive”); Mentions of (other girls’) tight clothes & figures; Summer wears a bikini and Bray’s reaction to it (semi-detailed); *Spoiler* A wedding night, nothing is written about what happens and that they had kept their vows. *End of Spoiler* Love, falling in love, & the emotions (lots, lots, lots!).

-Summer Mathers, age 18-19
-Brady Garrison, {college age}
                                         P.O.V. switches between them in first person
                                                        282 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens- 
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
(and a half)
My personal Rating-
{Spoilers are not marked in this Final Thoughts:}
Oh, good grief. I should have known that this would be full of Sexual Content. First clue, it’s published by Blink. They don’t really have the best (read: clean) books. Second clue, two hormonal teens on an abandoned island. Alone. I really should have saw this coming. The only positive thing about this book I can think of is that they didn’t have s*x on the island. There was some really, really, really intimate parts that could have been the beginning of a s*x scene. (Bray even says it’s more intimate then when he was with (read: slept with) other girls. Such a prince. *snort*) They waited till they were married, good. I’m happy about that. And that’s about all. It so could have been a main stream book with all this Sexual Content. Goodness, I can’t be nice anymore. What were the author and publisher thinking?! (*Note: I just looked up this author. She’s the one who write the “Halflings” trilogy. Ha. Don’t get me started on books interfering with the spiritual world.) This book was a completely waste of my time; I’ll be for sure staying away from this author and even more hesitant with the publisher.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*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.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Blink) for this review.

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