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.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||15 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Heather Burch, the author of the popular Halflings series, spent the last seven years in Southern Florida but recently returned to her hometown in the Ozark Mountains. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Romantic Times, and Booklist magazine. When not working on her latest novel, she can be found hiking in the hills or planning a trip to the beach with her husband, John, who is her hero in every way.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story begins with starry skies above a tropical paradise. Belize is an amazing place to work as a nanny over school vacation. And 18 year-old Summer hopes that this experience will help bring about a new beginning for her. She doesn't expect it to work a miracle, but she does hope for light at the end of the tunnel. You see, Summer is jaded and wounded from an experience that scarred her deeply. Even the people closest too her don't know the depth of her turmoil. And she certainly never intended to unpack her baggage with a stranger. Especially not one like Bray. The college-age son of her employers, Bray is everything Summer can't stand. He unsettles her, and she tries to avoid him. On his part, Bray thinks that Summer hides behind a guarded persona because she is afraid of life. And she may dismiss him, but he finds himself unable to ignore the genuine, complex girl he catches glimpses of. Deep down inside, he believes they aren't so different after all. At the very least, they should give each other a chance! An uneasy truce made between them is soon tested when an island adventure goes wrong. They had hoped to "survive" the summer's tension, and suddenly they're working together on actual survival. Be prepared for suspense! Without giving anything away, this is a book you won't want to put down. Stranded on a lush-and-lethal island, Bray and Summer find themselves working together, protecting each other, and eventually understanding each other. And for Summer, that might be the scariest thing of all. This is a story about losing somebody you love, and somehow learning to hope again. Heather Burch avoids cliches and pat "answers," opting to explore emotions and feelings in a realistic way. This story reminded me of another worthy Young Adult read, Nicole Quigley's "Like Moonlight at Low Tide." If you're looking for two captivating-and-meaningful beach reads this summer, these are the two I suggest. I thank Blink YA Books and BookLook for providing me with a review copy.
Summer by Summer is a sweet clean book that is full of mystery, survival, healing, learning to live again and of course a bit of romance! Summer is off enjoying a new beginning this summer in Belize as a nanny to a sweet 10 year old boy Joshie. Her dad thinks this is just what she needs to heal from a terrible accident that wasn't her fault but she can't stop blaming herself. Bray is the rich kid that would rather spend the summer in Belize but instead spending every waking moment with his family before they fall apart. Add a 2 day diving trip for Bray, Summer and some tourist, Bray and Summer splitting up from the dive tour, a wicked storm and you get 2 teens that are not real fond of each other stranded on a deserted island. While this is not ideal circumstances they make the best of things, they bond while depending on each other, and of course romance blossoms. Summer by Summer was really cute and clean. Well maybe not 100% clean there was a part where Bray talks about s** (in his head) quite a bit. I really wished it hadn't gone on as long as it did, but it did and that was it after that. They did do some major kissing and all but it never went any further. If that section hadn't been in it I would say this was great for upper middle school girls wanting to read a bit of romance. Since so many of them do, I don't remember reading it in those grades but I guess kids grow up faster these days. I wouldn't give this to may 8th (almost 9th) grader just yet. Overall I loved this book and glad I was able to review it. Yes it is predictable, most romance books are but hey sometimes we just need a bit of sweet cotton candy fluff books to read. Summer by Summer is perfect for some light hearted summer reading! If you have a 10th and up girl reader in your house grab a copy. If you feel ok with your 8th or 9th grader reading this then grab her a copy. It is just that good! Thank you Zondervan, Zonderkidz, and booklook bloggers for sending me a copy of Summer by Summer. I know this is one I will re-read. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book.