Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Boyfriends, Burritos, and an Ocean of Trouble by Nancy Rue (Review)

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Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life)

Zondervan (April 20, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband Jim have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (April 20, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310714850
ISBN-13: 978-0310714859


Book Summary:
A mysterious book unites four teen girls and unlocks the secret that will get each of them through the real-life struggles they face in their lives. Bryn O'Connor is good at keeping secrets. But when a car accident reveals the marks of her boyfriend's physically abusive behavior, the truth is unleashed. And it starts a tidal wave of trouble in Bryn's life: enemies who were once friends, a restraining order violation, and her world unraveled. If that weren't enough, her grandmother Mim arrives, attempting Mexican cuisine and insisting that Bryn try surfing. It's all too much! Even Bryn's habit of daydreaming won't offer an escape this time. But could a mysterious old book she found hold the secret to riding a tsunami like her life?

My Review:

I really liked this Christian YA novel. It dealt with a real life topic of boyfriend physical abuse. The author seemed to capture the situation and age group perfect. We discover pretty early in the book that RF or Real Life is a simpler to read/understand version of the Bible. There is a slight paranormal aspect as the RF book only lets you read what it wants. She opens it and it goes to a particular section. This is book two in the series but it is okay so far to read out of order because it is a loose series based on the RF book. I have read book one and it good also. Highly Recommended.


Bookfool said...

I wondered what you thought about this one and paged straight down to your review. I liked it but didn't love it. It frustrated me that it took so long for Bryn to figure out that she shouldn't put up with threats, but I did find it realistic in many ways and I loved the two guys in the surf shop.

jewelknits said...

My middle daughter is feeling a calling to Youth Ministry and has been looking for books that explore the subject of teen domestic violence in a Christian way. (one of her schoolmates was shot by her ex-boyfriend while she was sitting in her own driveway in her SUV - although she survived, she lost a portion of her jaw and is now a spokesperson and activist against teen domestic violence). This book looks like just the ticket for young girls who may easily find themselves in that same situation.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

christian publishers said...

I liked this book and though the author did a great job.

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