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Summer Unplugged

(Summer Unplugged #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,302 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Bayleigh is addicted to her cell phone and her mom has had enough. After catching her sending a less than lady-like photo to a boy who barely knows her, Bayleigh's mom sends her away to her grandparent's house for the summer--sans cell phone, laptop and Ipod. Bayleigh thinks the summer will be torture without social media...that is until she meets the boy next door.
Paperback, 1, 120 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 4th 2013)
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Sarah Elizabeth
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This was a YA contemporary romance novella.

Bayleigh came across as quite immature and selfish in this book, and she constantly moaned about her sort-of boyfriend - Ian, and about her mobile phone being taken away from her, and didn’t seem to really care all that much about anyone else at all.

The storyline in this was about Bayleigh being sent to stay with her grandparents for the summer after behaving badly, and basically finding some other boy to fixate on i
C.P. Cabaniss
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Parts of this story were really cute. The writing isn't bad and could be improved with a little more polishing. I just couldn't really get into this because the main character was not very likable to me.

Bayleigh was constantly complaining about not having her phone and how without it she had no life. I understand that she was used to having it, but her complaints were overboard. And she wasn't doing anything to try and improve her relationship with her mother. She kept pushing, making trust impo
Paula  Phillips
What happens when your parent can't handle you anymore? For Bayleigh it means getting shipped off to her grandparent's farm in the middle of nowhere and worse without any form of communication. Bayleigh has pushed her mom far too many times from hanging out and getting serious with her boyfriend Ian who has been to juvie and is in and out of trouble, sneaking out to go to parties and plain old disobeying her mother. Her mother has had it up to here with her and has decided it's time for Plan B. ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked Summer Unplugged. Yes it was a short story that I felt would've connected me more to the characters had there been more length, but it was still interesting nonetheless. I mean, how many of us can disconnect ourselves from our cell phones or computer? Not many, I think. This story is a good representation of how attached one teenager is to technology and how naive some girls can be with unhealthy relationships, but how nice it is to finally have that wake up call.

Bayleigh was childish an
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual Rating - 2.5

Bayleigh really annoyed me at the start, and even though she got a bit better towards the end, I just couldn't warm to her enough to like her.

This wasn't an awful read, but I felt bored quite a few times, so I didn't love it.

I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the series.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

This book wasn't as cheesy as I thought it would be. It was more just, I don't know, kind of pathetic? Or at least the main character was. I wasn't a big fan of Bayleigh. She did stupid stuff and then didn't understand why her mother was punishing her. She used, like, everyone to get what she wanted. She was pretty much just a no-personality bitch tbh.

The romance was fast but it wasn't rushed, which is what I think I liked about this book. I mean, it wasn't very spectacular - there def
Olivia Anderson
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book was a cliche summer teenage romance book, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I really enjoyed how the main character Bayleigh grew as a person and realized how she should be treated by a boy. The one thing that stuck out to me that I didn’t notice until the end was that there was no suspense or surprises in the book until the very end and you always knew what was coming next. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am planning on reading the sequel to this series.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I won an audio book of The Summer Unplugged Series books 1-5.

Bayleigh, is addicted to her cell phone, and with her mouth and defiant ways, her mother is tired of. When she catches Bayleigh sending half naked pictures to her "sorta boyfriend" Ian, she takes her cell phone away and sends her to stay with her grandparents for the summer...whom have no internet and no cable. Unfortunately, Bayleigh is whiny and very childish, I guess as we would suspect from a young girl, so I'm not giving any lower
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Page-turner and well thought out idea. A great novella.

Bayleigh is in highschool, and she got grounded for kissing a guy. On the cheek, but that's not the full story. Her phone is gone, her computer is gone, her friends are gone. Because she gets to spend the summer at her grandparents house.

On a farm in the middle of nowhere. Nothing to do, until she finds out there's a neighbor her age, and it's a guy. They start talking and hanging out. And maybe they both like each other, but there's a oth
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This is really short story. I loved the writing but what bothered me was how I couldn't connect with the characters at all. Bayleigh seemed too self-centered and obsessive. Jace was all OOC. And because it was so short, things happen quickly without reason. I don't like the ending. I wish it ended with a cliffhanger so that it build more tension between Jace and Bayleigh.
Meagan Hunt
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute little book, I admit the way Bayliegh was acting like it's the end of the world with out a phone or computer irked me but Jace made it all better! can't wait to start the next one tomorrow!
Elizabeth Emily Browne
I found that I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I thought that the characters we're likeable, especially Jace:P.

The relationship between Jace and Bayliegh was adorable!<3

Overall it was a light and easy read and just what I needed:)
Stefi Rashkova

I liked this short story about a teenage girl and her hard times when being grounded. What I really enjoyed was that Bayleigh is the narrator and the author actually convinces you that you are in a teenager's mind. The frustration, the butterflies...everything! Such wonderful years but they fly by so quickly. Well, I would enjoy more in depth characters, but maybe I'll get ro know them better in the next book. An enjoyable read.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook and I love this narrator. She brought a lot of personality to this fun story. A cute beginning to what is just the beginning of Bayleigh's story. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
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⭐Barbara S⭐
That's a good story but to short,would like to read more.
Characters is nice especially Jace .
Thank you Amy Sparling!

Sharon Mariampillai
This was an alright read. The story involves Bayleigh being sent to her grandparents house because of her behaviour and her mother couldn’t take care of her and how she met Jace. Bayleigh was an alright character. She was a bit annoying annoying in the beginning, but I started to like her towards the end. Jace was a good character. I thought he was a sweet guy who loved Motorcross. Also, the ending was good. Overall, an okay read.
Natalie Robertson
Really good book for a you teen or tween to read

This is a good book about a teenager named Baleigh she is a sweet teenager who is obsessed with social media like most teens. She has a "sorta boyfriend" named Ian, she loves him but he seems to only be using her. Her mom doesn't like Ian because he does drugs and is a bad influence, so she tell Baleigh not to be around him. Baleigh doesn't listen and tries to seek off to a party but gets caught red handed by her mom. She gets her phone taken away
Ishi Bhanot
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: pdfs-and-ebooks
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

The story starts with Bayleigh, our female lead, been grounded by her single mother and trying to sneak out of the house to the Seniors party. She gets grounded again and eventually creates such troubles for her mom that she's sent off to her grandparents' house in the middle of nowhere without a cell phone or tablet, completely deprived of technology.

For someone who's life depends on her phone and facebook, the only way she can contact her friends and her sort-of boyfrie
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Bayleigh was a typical teenage girl who could not survive without modern technology. It was understandable that she was upset about going through the whole summer without her phone and laptop. However, as time progressed, she kept complaining about it instead of finding something productive to do.

How could she assume that Ian was her boyfriend when their relationship just tip-toed along that line?

How could she think that Jace was cute when she had not gotten over Ian if she was so attached to t
As soon as I started reading Summer Unplugged, I was like “holy crap, I am in teenager hell!” Bayleigh (horrible spelling) most definitely sounds like an authentic teen who thinks the world is out to get her and believes that her cellphone is her lifeline to….well, life. Even after her mom catches her sending a half-naked photo to her kind of boyfriend, Bayleigh just cannot stand to be without that phone! But her mom sends her off to her Grandparent’s for the summer, where there is nothing aroun ...more
Becca W
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was such an easy read, and it ended at a good spot. I enjoyed reading it very much.
This book is about a rebellious girl, Bayleigh, who gets grounded for 3 months and gets sent to live with her grandparents for the entire summer. While at her grandparents' house, she meets a hot guy from California named Jace. He is in Texas for the summer to experience the things his deceased grandfather left behind for him. Eventually, Jace and Bayleigh fall for each other and forget thei
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a cute, romantic easy read. It's about a teenage girl Bayleigh who struggles with the rules her mum sets her, so much so that she's grounded and her cell phone confiscated but her mum relents and regrets it immediately when she takes things a step too far, her mum has had enough and sends her to her grandparents, who of course live in a isolated country town with no entertainment.

She's like any girl boy obsessed and leaving her kind of boyfriend at home she describes how she's in
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I just found out that this book is part of a series with 10 BOOKS?!I decided to get "Summer Unplugged" because was free on kindle and am definitely not picking up the rest .Kind of wondering who would actually consider reading them all ,not that the first one is THAT bad , in is just that the pot to all of them seems quite the same.
I gave it 2 stars because the plot had potential and if it was developed the right way ,without rushing everything and using too many simple sentences , and to
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Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
After seeing some reviews on this novella, I was very skeptical. But since there was a light at work, I decided to read it. Summer Unplugged really surprised me. When though Bayleigh came off as really bratty and immature, she is a typical teenager who always has her phone on her and checks Facebook every five minutes. But when she gets grounded, she has to her grandparents’ house for the summer without any access to technology.

Seeing a hot guy next door was unexpected and she is instantly draw
Rachel Gunter
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked Summer Unplugged, it was an easy read, but that was it really. Bayleigh could be quite annoying at times which put me off. The storyline was nice but I just can't get used to these short novella books, I definitely prefer a full length book. I think I'm struggling to connect with the story and characters because of it. (view spoiler) I think at som ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
It was quite short but an easy read. I didn't really like the main character at first, because she was a bit self-centered but I could definitely see a change in her after she was shipped to her grandparents house. She was kinder and finally realized what a jackass Ian was (at last I hope).
I really liked Jace. He was charming :)
I had a hard time enjoying this book, since I found Bayleigh very annoying. Towards the very end of the story I started to like her a little bit, but it was a little too late for me. Jace was surprisingly nice and I liked him. I think he's what saved my interest in this book. I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series, but if the next one goes free I might give it a read.
Two teens, met as a punishment. Sent from all she knows, the main character is forced to live with her Grandparents with no electronics. Out of her control, she loses her boyfriend back home and picks up a new one, one who treats her as a Queen, instead of a Begger.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer unplugged is about this girl who was addicted to her phone then her mom take it away for the whole summer. Her mom sent her off to go see her grandparents, When she got to your grandparents house she did not want to be there at all she wanted to go back home. Soon she met this boy that was lovely next to her grandparents and they had it off at first sight. This book is an amazing book I recommend anyone who is reading this to read this book. This is a great book if you love romance and if ...more
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Amy Sparling is the bestselling author of books for teens and the teens at heart. She lives on the coast of Texas with her family, her spoiled rotten pets, and a huge pile of books. She graduated with a degree in English and has worked at a bookstore, coffee shop, and a fashion boutique. Her fashion skills aren't the best, but luckily she turned her love of coffee and books into a writing career t ...more

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