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Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life) Paperback – May 8, 2010
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Romance goes terribly wrong in this second book in the author’s Real Life series. Bryn, 15, is assaulted by her gorgeous boyfriend, Preston, and she tries to hide her bruises and deny her shame until her father discovers the abuse and makes her press charges. The court hearings drag on, and Bryn just wants to make it all go away. Meanwhile, Preston threatens her, and his in-crowd friends call her a drama queen and send her ugly text messages. Bryn finds help from her hip grandmother, who teaches Bryn to surf wild waves, and also from Jesus, who speaks to her from a contemporary version of the Book of Luke. Will she ever trust a boy and fall in love again? Romance does return when Bryn gets close with Sean, a cool surfer who supports her. Rue folds in quite a lot for one YA novel, but the secrets will grab readers, and the dialogue is right on target. ---– Hazel Rochman (Booklist)
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The world-building was excellent in all areas and brought the story alive in my imagination. I liked the characters. They acted realistically and dealt with realistic, hard problems. I really cared about what happened to Bryn and the other main characters, so I had a hard time putting the novel down. The suspense/tension kept building throughout the story as the situation kept getting worse and worse. Despite the tough issues, the book was realistic but encouraging rather than depressing.
This was definitely a novel intended for Christians. Bryn found a strange, "RL" book with stories from the Bible about Jesus but they seemed written just for her and the situation she's going through. The Christian element was a main part of the story, but I didn't feel like the author was lecturing the reader or Bryn. It was just...comforting and challenging.
The minimal bad language was of the "he said a five letter word" type. There was no sex. Overall, I highly recommend this as a touching, well-written, clean novel.
I received this book from the publisher as a review copy.
In Boyfriends, Burritos& an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life), Bryn has been good at keeping secrets, even about her boyfriend's abusive behavior. When a car accident reveals the truth and unleashes trouble, her friends don't believe her, and her world unravels.
Her athlete boyfriend and friends blame her for the accident. When she decides to tell the truth and press charges, she is alienated by them. Her grandmother arrives to help her live through the process of going to court, and teaches her how to surf and make Mexican cuisine. She learns that telling the truth has a price as she faces name calling, threats, and more.
Like Jessie, she also finds a mysterious RL book that could hold the secret to riding out the tidal wave her life has become since the car accident. Through it, she learns about Yeshua, the main character, and the book seems to meet her where she is at, emotionally and spiritually.
This book can be easily read by students 5th grade and up. It's not a heavy book that promises false hope, but one that shows how a real girl faces her personal demons and tries to search for spiritual significance. In the next book Boyfriends, Burritos& an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life)), it is an abusive relationship and what happens when you stand up for the truth.Read more ›
As usual, Nancy Rue has written an amazing book. I loved Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble! The issues dealt with are serious and are real problems that teenage girls face daily. RL-the book that helped her- is basically a modern-day paraphrase of the Bible and can mysteriously open to the pages that Bryn needs to read. Although a book that talks to you isn’t really there, Nancy does show us that the Bible can speak to you too.
This is the second of the Real Life series for teens. The others are "Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book", "Tournaments, Cocoa and One Wrong Move" and "Limos, Lattes, and My Life on the Fringe". They can all be read as stand-alones, since the only thread is the RL book.
This book does not shy away from realistic issues that teens face. I'm sure that there are probably some parents who will think that this book is too mature for their teens and while it is their right, I believe that learning about how to handle this kind of situation will benefit teens. Bryn has found herself in an abusive relationship with almost no one to turn to. Many teen girls are either in this kind of relationship currently or have had abusive boyfriend in the past but never told a single person. The story shows the helplessness, fear and shame that comes with being in this situation. The behavior that she has to put up with is unbearable and even though I don't condone physical abuse from both sides, I really wanted this guy to feel the same pain and agony that he put on Bryn.However, there is some hope for Bryn as she finds this in her new relationship with her grandmother, the new guy she meets, and surfing.
I was particularly excited that parts of the book took place in my hometown area of Virginia Beach. I love seeing places I know show up in books so it was a very nice surprise and Rue portrayed our area very nicely. And kudos for mentioning burritos!
Some might complain that this book is preachy due to the Christian overtones found in the overall story and in the book that Bryn finds. However, I am going to have to disagree with this. Yes, I read a lot of Christian books and am a practicing member of the faith.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
read this book in one night during new years. Teaches you valuable lessons and to not take domestic violence lightly.Published 6 months ago by evony
I was pleasantly surprised as I Read through the book and found so much related to get Bible. It dealt with some great issues that I think Re important for my teenage daughter to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shani Fjelsted
It seemed very true to life. It was fast paced and the characters were cool. Definitely a good teen read.Published 23 months ago by A.C.
I got this for my daughter of age 15 for Christmas and really enjoyed this series. I would recommend it.Published on February 6, 2014 by J. RYAN
I had downloaded this book ages ago, and only dove in today daydreaming of the beach. Great story, timely and genuine. I recommend for any woman, young, old, or in between.Published on July 28, 2013 by Michelle M. VanGurp
Nancy Rue sure knows how to put real faith in her Real Life books. I may not fit in her target readership, but I'm a middle aged Dad with a daughter that I love. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by C. Martin
This book was cute. It was an easy read and certainly opens your eyes to the wonders of what else is out there to help you through the tough times in life. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by JessB
Totally cute book. Wish I t could've had a 2nd part to it. Love how it was a book directed for youth. I think they were t alkin tv about the Bible but im not sure. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Mousie
This book was great, i really enjoyed ready it. I would give it 5 stars if their were less exerts of the book Bryn was reading.Published on August 8, 2012 by Book