Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Review of Boyfriends, Burritos, and an Ocean of Trouble
Meet Bryn Christopher, a girl with many secrets. It all starts when her boyfriend's abusive behavior leads to a car crash that injures Bryn. She is then forced to confess everything to the doctors and her dad when they see the unexplained bruises cause by her boyfriend. You'd think all the trouble would be over then, right?
Bryn's confession unleashes a tidal wave of insults and threats, all of them cutting her down to the core. It doesn't help much when Bryn's bossy grandmother, Mim, shows up and starts insisting that Bryn eat burritos and try surfing.
However, just when she thinks she is doomed, she finds a mysterious books with the words "RL" on the cover. What could it be? And how does the book know what she's going through?
Will Bryn's boyfriend get revenge? Will Bryn find out what the mysterious book is all about? Will she ever get the hang of surfing?
Read Boyfriends, Burritos, and an Ocean of Trouble to find out.
I love Nancy Rue's writing style- this isn't the first time I've said so. However, she really shines in this book. Characters are so unique, the places feel so real, and I greatly admire the addition of the Real Life book. Not only are the portions from RL (paraphrased Bible) understandable, but they help teen girls learn alongside Bryn. I also love the idea of the "Pass it On" campaign. Just like the girls in the book, teen girls can leave their own RL books in places where other people can find it. They can be like Bryn! A wonderful idea.
I only had one concern, and it was when Bryn's boyfriend (yes, the evil, abusive one) calls Bryn and her friend "hos" and "sluts"; it obviously does not encourage the use of foul language, as the antagonist uses that word, but it was still there. That was my only concern, and it's something to be aware about...
As for the age range, I recommend this book to teen girls in their late teens. There is violence and scary moments that may be frightening/uncomfortable for preteen or early teen girls. So, maybe 15 and up?
All in all, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Specifics (Taken from amazon.com):
~ Paperback: 224 pages
~ Publisher: Zondervan (April 20, 2010)
~ Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches