Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review and Giveaway! FIRST: Boyfriends, Burritos & and 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!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

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


This was a super fast, enjoyable read! Bryn just wants to be accepted like any other teenage girl. However, she is aware that what is happening between her and Preston is not "normal", yet she's so scared that she can't tell anyone about it. Then the accident occurs and she is really left with no choice. On top of that, her mom isn't around to comfort her so her Grandmother comes to visit. Last time she saw her grandmother, things didn't turn out too well. She just didn't fit into her grandmother's lifestyle. If all of that isn't enough, this book (RL) shows up and begins "talking" to Bryn through pages. How will it all sort out? Guess you'll have to read this one and your opportunity to win it is coming shortly!

I was a little horrified when I first started reading this book. I'm not saying that to scare you but I don't read the backs of books before reading the book so I didn't know that Preston was abusing Bryn. It caught me off-guard. While I do not have 100% evidence, I'm fairly certain that a former ex-boyfriend of my oldest step-daughter might have been abusing her. Preston and this young man were so very similar it made my skin crawl. I will never fully know what happened in my DSD's situation (and now it's not really a matter of concern for that young man as he drowned last summer), but I do hope that ANY person (male/female; young/old; rich/poor; etc) will GET HELP if they are victims of abuse! Bryn got help in some unconventional ways but not without the love and support of her family. She was so scared to do the "right thing" but having a family who loved her was a huge help. What about those people who don't have loving families? I've always wondered what happened to them. Do they ever recover or are they chronically involved with people who only take from them? I pray to God that I will never have another family member or friend in that situation. I pray you will never find yourself there either. This book gets 4.5/5 stars from me! :)

One other thing, this is book 2 in a series but I believe it can be read as a stand alone. I did not feel that I hadn't missed out on anything by not reading Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book first.

Are you ready for a giveaway? It's been awhile since I've done one of these! I hope to have some more in the near future!!

Please fill out this form. Making comments on this post will not count towards entries into the contest. I will use to draw the winner on Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 PM EST. I will email the winner and they will have 3 days to respond or I'll choose another winner. Best of wishes to all entering! :)

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  1. Thanks for the chance to win this - it looks good and love that title!

  2. It's a great book that I really enjoyed! :) Good luck!