Thursday, May 14, 2015
Summer by Summer by Heather Burch
This was a chick flick; one I think I decided I wouldn't really like before I started reading it. Not a very good way to start a book, but my perspective did change a bit with reading it.
After the events of the last couple of weeks, having a light book that required no deep analysis or applications to my own life was nice. The story line certainly wasn't very real to life in my mind-- stranded on an island with the boy you thought you hated, but of course fell in love with. The island just happened to have been the place of a new resort that was wiped out before opening by a hurricane, but which just happened to have lots of canned food so survival wasn't a real issue there. Of course, the bad guys were also using the island and the rescue was touch and go as the plane was shooting at Summer and Bray and the helicopter was returning fire. But of course, they were rescued alive.
But we can't stop there-- there always has to be another girl that comes on the scene and drives Summer away. By the time, she's ready to be reconciled, Bray is sick and in a coma, but her coming to him and talking to him wakes him up the first day. Nice? Of course. Realistic? Not in my mind.
But let's face it, I'm jaded here. After having sat by the bedside of my Dad for a week waiting for him to wake up, I'm a little annoyed that the author would have Bray magically wait up within hours. I want to say--"Listen, that's not how it works." I know it can work that way, but it didn't for me and I'm not hugely interested in hearing about people it did work for, even if the work is fiction, maybe especially because the work is fiction. I do recognize that it is not Heather's fault that I read her book when I did, but it does affect my feelings about it.
The other thing I wasn't that keen on was the lack of God in the story. Yes, Summer started to pray again and seemed to renew her relationship with God, but never does it talk about Bray and how he felt. Yes, he was willing to abide by Summer's commitment, but it never shows him being committed to God or purity or anything really. Unequally yoked comes to mind and I don't like it.
All in all, it was a nice story, not exceptional and I would say not at all realistic, but I would read another book by Heather before totally negating her as an author. The book is certainly nice-looking enough especially to those of us up here freezing away in Northern Wisconsin.
This book was given me by Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of reading and writing a review
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