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Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble

(Real Life #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  632 ratings  ·  101 reviews
In this YA contemporary novel from bestselling author Nancy Rue, the issues of abuse and its emotional effects are explored as Bryn O’Connor struggles to find her voice while many of her one-time friends doubt she’s telling the truth and her ex-boyfriend won’t let go of their past.

Bryn has learned to keep her mouth shut. But when a trip to the hospital following a car acci
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 8th 2010 by Zondervan (first published April 10th 2010)
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♡Kimi♡ Haack
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book on as a Free book. I thought name was pretty cool and started reading it. I was her in so many ways at some points in my life. I wasn't as smart. I kept finding the The bad boys. My story was aduse during sexual moments. Some boyfriends hated the word ''NO'' I put up a wall gained weight and boys stayed away till my husband. He truely was my Knight in and shining armer. Or in my case Kevlar... ( He's a Marine ) I'm not very Christian atleast not like I was befo ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, ya
The Real Life series by Nancy Rue is four books written for teens. The books are about four completely different teen girls who each find Christ during a difficult time in their lives. The girls never meet in the books and the only thing they have in common is a book that each found when they needed guidance the most. Or the book found them. The books are Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book,
Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble, Tournaments, Cocoa and One Wrong Move, and Limos, Lattes
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free
I didn't read the description of the book before I bought it. I was just downloading a bunch of free ones. I knew it would be geared towards teens, but not much more than that. I wasn't expecting the religious overtones the story had.

That said, the book wasn't bad. It dealt with a subject that there are teenagers dealing with today. Maybe not many, but there are some. And it dealt with it pretty honestly.

Bryn, the main character, gets upset with her dad for not just letting things be. She gets f
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bryn Christopher is scared. Her father has just found out that her boyfriend has been abusing her for months, and is determined to press charges. Bryn just doesn’t know where to turn, especially when the threatening text messages and blog entries start appearing. How can she possibly testify when no one but her family believes her? Luckily, a surf-loving grandma, a really nice guy, and a very special book remind her that she’s a lot stronger than she thinks.

I must admit, I had my doubts about th
Diane Ferbrache
When Bryn and her boyfriend, Preston, have a car accident and end up in the hospital, all the lies and secrets come out. Preston has been hitting Bryn. When the doctor assumes it's her father who is abusing her, Bryn admits the truth and things start spiraling out of her control. But when she finds a book that seems to "speak" to her, and when her grandmother comes to stay, things really get interesting.

I don't often like "Christian" fiction for teens. The stories all too often descend into pred
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really LOVED the story! I loved how the main character's personality and point of view changes as her view and perception of her grandmother changes. The characters were very well developed and I felt like I actually knew these people as I was reading it. However, there were a lot of spacing/paragraph errors that were kind of distracting. I also wasn't a big fan of the book (RL) that "helps" Bryn get through the trial. I liked the idea of it, but it seemed like it was forgotten about until hal ...more
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a good read. Especially since it was a freebie on Kindle. The plot is okay, a bit predictable, but overall a nice light read.I would read more from this author, she knows how to setup her stories and make them relatable. Which is a hard thing to find now days it seems. The only thing I found odd was the RL book and how it 'spoke' to her, and knew her thoughts. I didn't think that fit too well with the rest of the book. I get the purpose, I just think it could have been po ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the second book in a series, but it's can be read as a stand alone. But it was terrible so no one should read it. It was cliche, unrealistic, and annoying.
Madeline Rose
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely AMAZING book!
Definitely lived up to my expectations!
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 if I could rate it that! Some bits were reeeeally predictable, but it was still good. I think I liked the first book better, but the lesson was a real one to take away from. Even if it was a bit after school-special-y. Haha.

Still want to finish the series! I actually do read these (e)books hungrily, so that’s a plus.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t know this was a christian book before reading it. I know some people get really put off by that, and whilst there was a little part of me that cringed a little I actually found that it was a decent read.

The characters felt fairly real, the teenage voice decent if maybe the heroine had a little less depth than I prefer it still felt realistic.
Heidi Rogers
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been re-reading this whole series and still love it.
Ashlee  ashleereadsbooks692
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Too much religion and bible talk
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Makes me want to got to the beach - and make burritos :)
Emily Josabeth
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Before I read this book I was a big fan of Nancy Rue. I have read The Lilly Series, The Sophie Series, and The Lucy Series. But when I started reading this series I found them very disturbing. Nancy Rue is a great writer. She writes clearly and simply but yet in a very moving way. Her stories are always well thought and planned. There is no doubt that she is a good writer.
But the Bible when it talks about false prophets it says, "Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:20 NK
"I stopped arguing. I stopped crying. I realized for the first time ever that I didn't really know how to get my way with anybody. I did know how to pretend it didn't happen or that I could make it disappear, or that I was somebody else."
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I originally got this book as a part of the #VASRP Challenge that I set for myself with trying to read more summery books for the next few months. While this book does have a summery theme with the beach and surfing i
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, christian
“I was nothing before I met him.”
Girl wears long sleeves in summer, girl makes up excuses for her boyfriend’s obsessive behavior, girl can’t break up with boyfriend as his threatens scare her, is this really a relationship? It sound more like a fear but this is the relationship among fifteen-year old Bryn and her boyfriend, Preston in Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble. Had it not been for the car accident, the bruises and Bryn’s secret would have still remained hidden. But now, doctors,
The UHQ Nasanta
3.5 stars

I was really surprised by this book. Based on some of the reviews, I was afraid that it would be overly preachy, and I had, in fact, started reading this book to see how bad the religious tones were and whether it was a book I might want to delete without reading. It wasn't very subtle, but I didn't feel as if I was being beaten over the head with it. It helped that the author didn't have everyone praying aloud to God every other page or before a decision.

I found this book to be a thou
Beverly McClure
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We read about it almost every day or hear it on the radio or TV. Girl/woman abused by boyfriend/husband. Or it might be boy abused, as well. Many times the abuse has been going on for weeks, months, even years. So why does the victim allow it to continue? Why don’t they tell the authorities, their parents, or a good friend?

Author Nancy Rue’s novel, BOYFRIENDS, BURRITOS AND AN OCEAN OF TROUBLE, deals with the subject of abuse. Through her fictional characters, Bryn and her abusive boyfriend, Pres
Lori Twichell
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once again, Nancy Rue has scored a direct hit on the mind of a teenage girl in the midst of horrifying situations. Last venture out, Motorcycles, Sushi & One Really Strange Book, she tackled the difficult topic of ADHD and emotionally unstable parents. This time, a teenager abused by her boyfriend and bullying pushed to the extreme are her hot button topics and she once again approaches them with tender style and respect. Inside the mind of a teenage girl is not always the easiest subject matter ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this from Good Reads.

Bryn gets in a car accident and when inspected and interrogated by the doctor reveals that the accident was caused by her abusive boyfriend, Preston. Bryn doesn’t want to press any charges, but her father presses forward with the charges. Her sister, Tara, and her mother tell her that she should know better and not have let him treated her that way. Lucky for Bryn, they are out of town and only has to deal with her Dad…until she finds out that her grandmother on her mo
Sofia Marie
Typical Bryn: "I wasn’t so worried about tonight’s injuries. Those bruises wouldn’t rise to the surface until at least tomorrow. It was Wednesday’s evidence I was worried about. I couldn’t let [the doctor] see that."

The last thing Bryn wants is for someone to know. But when taken to the hospital after a car accident, her secret is revealed. Her boyfriend has abused her. A number of times. What is Bryn supposed to do with her father pressing charges, her boyfriend’s friends threatening her and a
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, christian, romance
"Boyfriends, Burritos & An Ocean of Trouble" is a young adult novel with some romance that also deals with serious, real life teen issues. I loved it. I very highly recommend it to teen girls and adult women. This is the second book in the "Real Life" series, but you can read them in any order without missing information or spoiling the other books in the series.

The world-building was excellent in all areas and brought the story alive in my imagination. I liked the characters. They acted realist
Yin Chien 인첸
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 d
Stephanie Redwine
I won this book through a give away from goodreads.. I started it not really knowing what to expect but I found out that I could not put it down! This is a great book for people of all ages, especially teenage girls that are just starting to date and aren't really sure how to "work" Jesus into their relationship. This story is about a 15 year old girl who is being abused and she would pray to Jesus to make it stop. She feels like Jesus isn't real bc the guy she was dating supposedly went to chur ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I nearly threw this book across the room (except I read it on my e-reader) when the author completely misspelled the Hawaiian word haole as "Howlie." AAAAAAAAHHH!!!!

Beyond that, this was a bit simplistic. Bryn is a teenage girl involved in an abusive relationship. Her father presses charges and Bryn is harassed by her ex-boyfriend and his friends before the trial. Bryn's grandmother also flies out from California to help (Bryn's mother and sister are on a mission in South America).

Bryn's grandm
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens through adult
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
Do you remember the "ABC After School Special"? It was a program that dealt with real life situations that no one talked about. This book reminds me of that series. "Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble" deals with teen relationship abuse - something that most of us don't even think about, let alone consider.

The main character, 15 year old Bryn O'Connor, dates her "dream guy" who ends up being the boyfriend from a nightmare. He's controlling and abusive but even worse, popular. When it com
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Kind of in the same vein as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But instead of magical pants it's a magical book.

I really liked the storyline of this book. The main character is a teen who had been abused by her boyfriend and how she recovers from the abuse and becomes a stronger person. I felt this was an important message for today's teens, especially with more and more teens girls being battered by their boyfriends. While this book is of a Christian nature, I felt the message was really a
Maribel reyes
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
Boyfriends burritos and an ocean of trouble was a very well written book in my opinion. It is written in a way in which teenagers learn more about God and how to connect no matter what the situation is. I have never come across a book of this kind in which is young adult friendly and yet manages to pull in the reader to reflect on their own belief. I can honestly say that the book make some clarifications from a story in the bible in which I never would have come to known if it were not for Boyf ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This is another book I've been waiting on for a long time and naturally, I finished it in days.

Brynn is a normal 15 year old girl. As normal as you can be when your boyfriend abuses you. When the abuse comes into the light, only after a serious accident, everything seems to spiral out of control. What Brynn had hoped to keep under wraps is suddenly exposed and it leaves her questioning her friends, her family, and most of all, herself. Finding a mysterious book, she begins to leaf through it an
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Nancy Rue is the author of over 100 books for adults and teens, including the Christy Award-winning The Reluctant Prophet, Unexpected Dismounts and Healing Waters (with Steve Arterburn), which was the 2009 Women of Faith Novel of the Year. She travels extensively—at times on the back of a Harley—speaking to and teaching groups of women of all ages. Nancy lives on a lake in Tennessee with her Harle ...more

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