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Summer by Summer

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  69 reviews
When Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with. In short, he’s everything she dislikes in a guy ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Blink
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Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great summer read! Summer by Summer is exactly what I was looking for when searching for a beach-side companion.

When Summer takes a job as a nanny for a ten year old boy, she never expects to collide with the family's older son. Bray has just returned from his first year in college and has decided to join his family on their summer vacation in Belize. Summer and Bray soon find themselves stranded on a remote island after a dive excursion that went wrong after a heavy storm caused their boat to
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{I’m hoping I don’t scare off any new followers with this review...but it goes to show you that even Christian teen books have naughty stuff in them! This one has a lot! :( }

About this book:

“When Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked the cover, the premise and the alternating POVs, and I wanted to like the story, but this book was trying too hard. The story was rushed, Summer and Bray were flat characters and there were too many subplots to keep track of.

As a Christian who reads a lot, I am all for stories of faith and characters who have conviction, but even I don't enjoy feeling like I'm choking on whatever "message" the author is trying to convey. That's the job of the characters.

Sadly, this was not the book for
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, own
"People say a heart can't be broken. But they forget the rest of the organs. How your mind spins trying to undue what was done. How the lungs ache with each new breath."

To break away from her grief, Summer leaves for Belize, where she'll work as a nanny. The job is like a breath of fresh air, until Bray arrives. He's absolutely pretentious and gorgeous. Of course, he hates Summer (she looks like a librarian). Will getting stranded on an island with her change his mind -- and most importantly, wi
Libby May
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
The smut level in this book is sky high even though Bray and Summer never "cross the line." So if you like you're smut at a minimum DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. Otherwise, suit yourself. ...more
Jeff Raymond
Ugh, this book.

I try hard not to bring a lot of my personal beliefs into the things I read, especially for this age group. That this happens to be a sort of rebranding of what was previously a Christian imprint certainly stretches my abilities a bit, but even removing the problems I had with the content and attitude, this book is just really kind of bad.

Effectively, Summer is hired as a summer nanny for a family who takes a trip. After going on a boat trip, Summer and Bray end up stranded on a d
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
To be honest if you asked me to put this book in a category I would never say Christian Romance or anything Christian related. Not to say that this is a wrong thing to say a book is Christian as I am one and have read many books in this category. I just would never think this about this book. This is because usually when I think Christian I am looking for the story to give me a message or to have some mention of faith, God, etc. None of this was found in this book. Again not a bad outcome as I s ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, review-on-blog
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Summer by Summer is a standalone young adult contemporary. Summer by Summer has so many layers to it, and it will take you by surprise. The cover seems unassuming enough, with a pretty girl on a beach, and the start of the summer is much of the same. Summer takes a summer nanny gig with a rich family vacationing in Belize. But then it shifts. Bray, the families older son, and Summer are stranded on a deserted island.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Summer is beyond thrilled when she is accepted to be a nanny for Josh Garrison and tag along the annual Garrison family trip Belize. It is going to be the perfect summer vacation before she starts college in the fall however she soon discovers that the vacation may just have one pretty major annoyance in the form of Bray Garrison. He's everything she despises in a person and worst, Mrs. Garrison is constantly pushing for them to spend time together. When Summer and Bray go on a diving trip and e ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with. In short, he’s everything she dislikes in a guy.

Bray had a plan for the summer: party, hang out with friends, and forget all the responsibilities waiting for him back home. But
Nadine Keels
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
"But sometimes I think God doesn't rush in so quickly because maybe there's something we need to take away from the experience."

The cover design suggests a light, "beachy," summery read, and the book blurb doesn't exactly quash that suggestion, so I was surprised to find that most of Summer by Summer is an adventure novel with rather dark subject matter, several of its aspects reminding me of the movie Cast Away. There's also some suspense tied into Summer and Bray's story as, no matter how wron
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Review on Amazon:
Review on my blog:

Summer By Summer was a cute, fun, summer read. It did start kind of slow, but the last half was great and I really enjoyed it. It was interesting how the characters had to grow and work through some issues. I also liked the suspense/action part of the story.

The romance was sweet, although some readers might find it a bit much at times. Summer was committed to waiting, so nothing happened in that r
Hallie Szott
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Heather Burch’s young-adult summertime romance, Summer by Summer, is an overall sweet and adventurous read, as Summer and Bray unexpectedly and suddenly find themselves stranded on a deserted Belizean island. These two characters take turns giving their perspective of their tale of survival, and I enjoyed getting to know and understand both of them throughout their desperate wait for rescue, a growing, irresistible mutual attraction and the challenges o
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I admit it took a few chapters before I really got into the story, the beginning is a little rough around the edges. But once Summer and Bray were on the island, I settled in and enjoyed. There were still a few moments where transitions weren't as smooth as I'd like, but the sweetness of the romance overpowered those. The cute of the story is the relationship between these two seemingly opposite people. I loved how kind and loving Bray was towards Summer, especially once she explained h
JoJo Sutis
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic summer read! I loved it so much!
After being a huge fan of Burch’s Halflings Series,  I wasnt sure what to expect with her latest release. I figured I would enjoy it, but wow!

This book had everything I love in a great summer read…romance, danger and a beach!
When I first met Bray….the cockiness oozed off the page. I felt like Summer, a little unsure of this over privileged cool kid, but a small part of me felt she should give him a chance.

I wont spoil this amazing book for you but
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun summer themed adventure novel. I really enjoyed it overall, but the beginning was a bit of an annoyance to me. I loved the cover, which was what first attracted me to it when I saw it in the bookstores. Glad I picked this one up.
Holly Scudero
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The past year has been rather challenging for Summer, and she’s hoping that her new summer job as a nanny for a family vacationing in Belize will be just what she needs to get her mind back on track before college starts. Summer’s charge, Joshie, is wonderful, and she gets along great with her employers. Unfortunately, she can’t say the same for their older son, spoiled party-boy Bray. At the urging of his parents, Bray agrees to take Summer out as part of a tourist dive group, but things go hor ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, romance
Really a 4.5. Summer's old boyfriend died in her arms after crashing his car - drunk. A year later. she's landed a dream job of being nanny to a 10-year-old in Belize for the summer - just what she needs to put her life back on track before starting college. When big brother Bray shows up, he seems to be everything she hates in a guy, but when they're stranded on an island after a storm, the two come to know themselves and each other in a much better light. Together they work to survive, falling ...more
Ann Barndt
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, beachy
This book was a fascinating tale of survival, but the frequent over-the-top cringeworthy teenage romance/melodrama really spoiled it overall. If it had stuck to the plot, kept the romance light, and eliminated the melodrama, I could easily have rated it 4-5 stars. Unfortunately it kept diverting from the main plot to multiple melodramatic subplots with very questionable messages.

Additionally for a Christian novel it had abysmal theology and it wasn't a very clean.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Agh. This book was just not for me. I found myself bored and not really interested in the characters. In the end I was just glad I wasn't on any island or reading about being alone with these dull teens. ...more
mandy alexander
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it

Loved it. Unique story, light reading. Inspired me to read another book by this author. 2nd book I've read by her and I'm hooked
Feb 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, travel
Read to about page 50. Found out it was one of those Christian books and stopped. I usually love island stories.
Aisha Oaktree
One of the best Christian romances I've read in a while.

Originally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile

This has been one of the best Christian romances I have read in a while. This book really did a wonderful job of sharing the faith of the character without knocking you out with a sermon that would make you feel guilty. I loved how the character growth took place, because let's be real this could have gone oh so wrong for her. I loved the lessons shared without them being loud, brash or in your
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer has suffered a horrible loss. So she decides to spend the summer being a nanny for a rich family spending the summer in Belize. But, when their son comes home and takes Summer diving they end up caught in a storm and stranded on an island. Bray is just a spoiled rich kid who has to take a hard look at his life when him and Summer get stranded. They learn a lot about each other and life. A nice quick beach read.
Miamikel SS
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

This book's stunning cover art stirs the soul! I close my eyes and I can smell the salty sea air, feel the sand between my toes and feel the heat of the sun as it kisses the skin. Summer by Summer is as refreshing as of all of that ~ and stays with you as you drift from the concluding last page of the epilogue.

The summer for Summer starts out slowly, with lunches and shopping trips with family the family she's hired to work for. Little Joshie's mom takes a liking to her immediately and treats h
Angie Fehl
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
About 3.5 stars for me...

Summer is newly graduated from high school, trying to heal from the death of her first boyfriend, when she decides to take a summer job as a nanny to a family vacationing in Belize. The reader is only given brief glimpses of that backstory here and there, until about halfway through the novel when Summer shares the full story with Bray. Bray is only slightly older than her and the older son of Summer's employers. Bray is immediately dismissive of Summer's conservative l
WTF Are You Reading?
Summer By Summer is...
The story of a girl, trying to draw herself a new life map. After the one that she thought would lead her to forever to torn into a million irretrievable pieces, by one inconceivable loss.

Summer and Bray
The relationship here is quite obviously meant to be contentious, but not in an overt manner. There is never a pronounced "stay away from me" vibe given off by either camp. There is however, a very real "this is what do I do about it" signal being sent from both p
Jessica Higgins
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A light-hearted romance that is quick and easy to read.

Summer needs to get away, not only from home but everyone around her, both alive and dead. When she takes a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she hopes it is going to be a fresh start before starting college. She loves spending time with Josh, her employer’s youngest son, but when she meets their oldest, Bray she is not impressed. He is everything she can’t stand in a guy. Bray doesn’t think much of Summer either. His goal f
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Summer by Summer is the first book I've read from Heather Burch, and I fell in love with this author's writing style, the characters, and the setting. This novel is a YA adventure/romance. Heather did a magnificent job of pulling off both adventure and romance, keeping my attention throughout the entire book. I read it in two days, folks. Two. Days. It would have been shorter, but you know, work and stuff. Here's why I loved it:
The style. There was never a lull in Summer By Summer, never a dul
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Heather Burch is a #1 Amazon bestselling author whose books have been translated around the world.

She writes upmarket women's fiction novels that explore what it means to be a family. Her books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.

Heather also writes edge of your seat paranormal YA novels about swoon-worthy angels. Her Halflings series is a #1 New Release.

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