Teenage cliques, first impressions, personal agendas, and being stranded off the coast of Belize: Summer by Summer, a young adult (YA) novel written by Heather Burch, has them all. A summer trip to Belize isn’t all she wanted her experience as a nanny to be when Summer meets the older brother, Bray, of the family. After making some peace and helping with a diving expedition, they are stranded on an island due to a bad storm. With no rescue party in sight, the two must rely on themselves, each other, and their faith in God as they learn who the other really is while waiting to be rescued.
This is definitely a young adult novel with a market age of 14 and up. It is an easy beach read, no pun intended, of survival, love, trust, and faith. The story line flows as the author alternates between Summer’s and Bray’s points-of-view. Each must let go of the first impression and assumptions made of the other to survive their adventure.
While this is not a must-read, I wouldn’t avoid it. It kept my attention as I knew everything had to work out. I just wasn’t sure how Burch would create the twists and turns to bring positive closure.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.
4 out of 5 stars