Summer by Summer
Author: Heather Burch
*received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for a honest 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.
The word that comes to mind when I think about this book is cliche. I was really close to DFN’ing this book. The story wasn’t intriguing, the characters were bland, and the whole concept itself was cliche. BUT there is a reason why I gave it a 5 instead of a 4. This book did make me smile at times, very little, but it still made me smile. The beginning of the book was when I was actually enjoying it, but as the book progressed it slowly became uninteresting to me. One of the MAIN MAIN MAIN problems with this book was the alternating POV’s. I’m not a big fan of either of the characters so having to hear from both of their POV’s was kinda annoying on my part. I think if the book stuck to one POV I would’ve liked the book a whole lot better.
Summer was a very bland character to me. She wasn’t exciting, she wasn’t that relatable to me, and she acted like an adult. Which means she is basically the opposite of me 🙂 She took her job WAY to seriously. Ven the parents of the kid she was babysitting said that she should lay it off a bit, you know have some fun. But no. What’s fun? Thats why I didn’t really have fun while reading from her POV. If she let go for a bit then maybe just maybe I would actually enjoy her characters.
Bray was a typical player with a cocky side to me. He didn’t have anything unique going for him to he was also pretty bland to me. Most Wattpad stories have a interesting bad boy/player with a side that nobody sees. Bray is the exact opposite. Sure he has the player thing down, but he just isn’t interesting enough to read about. The relationship between Bray and Summer was probably the only thing that I actually enjoyed out of this book. I could see the progression, and how at first they didn’t even want to be in the same room together and by the end of it well you know.
Overall I would give this book a solid 3 stars. Nothing special, nothing bad. It was cliche for sure but it wasn’t a terrible book. It was ordinary. Something that you shouldn’t take your time to read. I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone really. I feel like its to dull, even for beginner readers.