Monday, April 2, 2018

"Loving Grace" by April Smith

About this book:

  “Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door. As the newly-crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.
  Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident. Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned & quoted; Prayers; Church going; Talks about God & His plans; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, services, sermons, hymns, a pastor (Grace’s Grandfather), & a mission trip; A few mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of Christians; A couple mentions of blessings & being blessed; A mention of divine intervention.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shoot’, two ‘dumb’s, two forms of ‘shut up’, two ‘suck it up’s, three ‘stupid’s, and four ‘idiot’s; Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Going to an under-twenty-one club; Mentions of an accident & deaths (up to semi-detailed, *Spoiler* Grace’s parents and twin brother died in a car accident & she deals with pain from it *End of Spoiler*); Mentions of clubs; A few mentions of injuries & bleeding; A couple mentions of lies & lying;
             *Note: A couple mentions of political people; A mention of Hollister clothing.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, a forehead kiss, a almost kiss, and a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss; Touches & Embraces (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Noticing & Smelling; Grace sneaks away with a boy (violation of her contract); *Spoiler* Catching a boy cheating on his “girlfriend” & kissing another girl *End of Spoiler*; a ‘hot’; Mentions of kisses, kissing, almost kisses, & having a first kiss; Mentions of a player/flirt who’s got a reputation; Mentions of dates, boys, boyfriends, & girlfriends; Mentions of crushes, feelings, winks, & flattery/flirting; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of asking parents how having kids work (no details); A mention of a guy only having one thing on his mind; A mention of a married couple kissing; Some love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A couple mentions of wearing shorts & tanks; A mention of a figure-fitting tank top; A mention of butting out of someone’s relationship.

-Grace Summer, age 17/18(?)
                                1st person P.O.V. of Grace
                                                        224 pages

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My personal Rating-
I’m not sure what it is about YA Contemporary books, but I typically really enjoy that genre. This was a fun, light read that made me in the mood for summer and watermelon eatin’. The writing did seem a bit choppy at times, but I did like Grace. She was a bit stubborn at times, but I think it also had to do with everything she’s gone through. It was a bit predicable with who Grace would end up with and who the “bad boy” was, but that’s a YA contemporary for you! ;)
Overall, it was really cute, clean, and a fun, relaxed read. :)

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 (Ambassador International) for this honest review.

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