Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer by Summer by Heather Burch

Summer by Summer
by Heather Burch

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @heatherburch

Just released: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Blink
Genre: Christian, Romance, YA
Paperback: 288 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
I am in a hospital room.

Zombie sighting:
It looked like something from a tropical zombie apocalypse movie.
-chapter 7, page 99

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.

My two-bits:

Interesting wild mix of Christian, Romance, Thriller, YA storyline, but told with an island vacation vibe - so kinda mellow.

The story gets into island survivor mode with a romance. The romance was sweet and builds as the main character had to first overcome issues from her past. Both characters grow, develop and bond well throughout their experience on the island.

And too, island living positives and negatives are explored.

Got me thinking of "What would I do if stranded on an island?"


* review copy courtesy of BookSparks YA Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #ReadingIsBeautiful

* part of Summer YA Book Box giveaway (here)

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