Boyfriends, Burritos, and an Ocean of Trouble by Nancy Rue Bryn’s life has been falling apart for a long time, and when it’s discovered her boyfriend has been abusing her, the final threads come undone. Th ...more
Bryn’s life has been falling apart for a long time, and when it’s discovered her boyfriend has been abusing her, the final threads come undone. Through the help of her surfing teacher grandma, a few new friends, and a beat-up book she finds in the airport, Bryn begins to piece her life back together.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (April 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310714850
- ISBN-13: 978-0310714859
Bryn is an amazing character! I really love her psychological development as she transforms from her old cowardly-self into a courageous and valiant person. At first, she is intimidated by her boyfriend's constant physical abuse and chooses to keep it a secret. When everything comes to light in an accident, she wants to hide from everything and everyone, and most of all, the fact that she is a "battered" teenager.
As she keeps on receiving threats from her [now] ex-boyfriend and his friends to drop her charges against him, her life is like a living hell. She tries to stay in her own protective cocoon, believing that hear fears will eventually disappear. At last, with the help of her outgoing grandmother, her growing love for the sea and a special someone, her life takes a change for good. With the guidance of a mysterious book called RL, she manages to summon her hidden courage and testifies against her abusive ex-boyfriend.
With an super-interesting plot and storyline, readers will surely be charmed by this remarkable book. The author's descriptions of the scenes, especially in the hospital and courtroom are amazingly written, and the characters are distinctive and realistic. I feel particularly connected to Bryn, who has an authentic voice and gripping character.
Without any doubt, Boyfriends, Burritos, and an Ocean of Trouble will be embraced by teenagers, especially those who love a good, quirky and entertaining novel.
Many thanks to Julie Johnson from My Own Little Corner of the World for sending me this book, which I previously won on her blog!