Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Boyfriends, Burritos, & An Ocean of Trouble, By: Nancy Rue

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

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


Here is my review of this terrific teen fiction novel:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Nancy Rue and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Boyfriends, Burritos and An Ocean of Trouble" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

My 16-year old daughter is in the bathtub, fully clothed, and crying. She is nursing a broken heart with a book. When she explains to me, “I don’t know why I’m crying because this book isn’t sad,” she starts crying and laughing at the same time.

“Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble” by Nancy Rue is another work of teen fiction that I can recommend. Brynn, our teen heroine, learns about life and love and herself as she experiences things that no one - especially not a teen girl - should ever face. An abusive relationship and an automobile accident lead to a visit from Brynn's grandmother, who brings a bit of Hawaii with her in the form of teaching the girl to surf and really get to know herself.

This is a fabulous novel that really captured my daughter's attention and gave her a positive outlook on how to handle some horrific problems. It also led to some significant discussion between us so that I understand a bit more about what she and her friends face on a daily basis. Things are definitely not like they used to be. This will change how I pray for her. What a positive affect for a book to have!

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