Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer by Summer Review

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.
Okay so hopefully by now you know that I really don't like to write negative reviews. But sometimes it can't be helped. I really wanted to love this book, it had a lot of promise but there was also a lot that I didn't like. First, there was the famous YA cliche, Summer went from a kinda mousy, modest dressing girl to a head turning, high lighted, bikini wearing, model almost a few chapters in. After that Bray went right from despising Summer to being super attracted to her. I barely ever felt the dislike between them that the back cover talks about. There was the first meeting and instant dislike then the next day they were attracted to each other. Second I felt their whole relationship was based on physical attraction.  Bray couldn't stop thinking about Summers beauty.  And the same goes for Summers thoughts on Bray. In the matter of about a month I think they went from despising each other (for about one day) to being physically drawn to each other to being in love. It happened way to fast, nothing of substance got to grow between them in my opinion. Also we never find out anything about Brays beliefs. Just that before he met Summer he was a party boy who loved hooking up with hot party girls. After meeting Summer he seemed all to willing to wait for her but not because of any conviction on his part. Anything faith related seemed to come from Summer. From what I saw it seems like Summer is what us Christians call un-equally yoked. As I said before this book had a lot of promise. I really could see it becoming a favorite if there had been more depth to their relationship, if Summer hadn't gone through a make-over in like the third chapter, and if I could have seen any real signs of faith in Bray. I really loved the premise I read on the back cover but I don't feel like I got that book. 
2 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that I felt could have been so much better.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review.

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