Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Boyfriends, Burritos and an 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


My Review:

Nancy tackles some tough topics in this new series. In "Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble", we get an inside look at abuse by boyfriend...and it's an ugly, horrific sight.

Bryn O'Connor has held her secret for a long time, fearing no one would believe her or worse...that she actually deserved what she got. But a car accident reveals the truth, and now she's free...


Until the phone calls, the taunting, and the drama escalates. Enter the mysterious Real Life book, and Bryn's grandmother! Together the two work to help Bryn find her ground and stand firm on what's right, no matter the cost.

This time it may cost Bryn dearly...but thanks to Nancy telling this story, thousands of teen girls (and women as well) can begin to speak out and regain their ability to recognize abuse when it happens.

Be warned: these books are not easy to read. Especially if you have witnessed abuse or been a victim of it. And I highly recommend moms and daughters read these together. You'll find lots to talk about, and you'll both enjoy the stories.

I'm giving "B, B & an Ocean of Trouble" five out of five bookmarks with a surfboard as a charm. I'm also voting this "Best Teen/YA Series of 2010"'s that good, and it's that important!

My thanks to my friend Pam at Zondervan for my copy. You can purchase yours now, and be watching for more in the "Real Life" series soon!

Happy Reading!



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Nancy Rue said...

Thank you SO much, Deena. I appreciate this review more than you know. I really DO want the issue of abuse to be right out there for girls to know about -- even, and perhaps especially, Christian girls. Thanks again. Nancy Rue

Charlene Amsden said...

Nancy Rue's books are outstanding. Your comment that moms and daughters should read this one together was powerful. I think it would make an excellent teen book study, too.

Your book reviews are thorough and informative. You do an excellent job of getting to the meat of the story without giving away any spoilers.