#MyYASummer Book Review | “Summer by Summer” by Heather Burch | #ReadingIsBeautiful No.2 (part of #YASRC 2015)

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#ReadingISBeautiful Summer YA Reading Challenge by BookSparks

I had fully intended to read my #ReadingIsBeautiful selections hugged closer to the months when the books were meant to be reviewed (Summer of 2015), however, those of whom have caught my posts relating to circumstances which wicked out hours and derailed my attempts to read along with the rest of the book bloggers who took up the same challenge are already in the loop realising my readings of these stories will come quite a bit later than planned (by a few years).

To recap the events for those who are visiting me for the first time,
please direct your attention to the following posts:

You can read a fuller disclosure of my readings of these novels on my review for “Vote for Remy” in the top anchour section of the post.This marks my six review overall spilt between #SRC2015,#ReadingIsBeautiful (the YA selections) and #FRC2015, however, it is the fifth Summer Reading Challenge selection I am reading.

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Acquired Book By: I originally found BookSparks PR Spring 2014, when I came upon the Summer Reading Challenge a bit too late in the game. I hadn’t forgotten about it, and was going to re-contact them (in Spring 2015) to see if I could join the challenge in 2015 instead. Coincidentally, before I sorted this out, I was contacted by one of their publicists about Linda Lafferty’s Renaissance historical novel, “The Shepherdess of Siena”. 

I started to participate in #SRC2015 during Summer 2015 until lightning storms quickly overtook my life and the hours I could give to the reading challenge. Summer ended hard and with a newfound resolve to pick up where I had left off, I posted as many reviews on behalf of BookSparks blog tours and/or the three reading challenges I had committed myself to participate inside (i.e. #SRC2015, #ReadingIsBeautiful (YA version), and #FRC2015).

I am unsure if I can resume hosting with BookSparks once my backlogue is erased, however, my main motivation in resuming where I left off was to ‘meet the stories’ even if my days of being a blogger with BookSparks ended the day I couldn’t keep up with the reviews when life interrupted my postings. I continue to hope as my reviews arrive on my blog the authors and the publisher(s) will forgive my delays. Life kept interfering with my plans to read these novels – in late 2016 my Dad had his stroke, 2017 marked his year of recovery and in 2018 I had ten months of health afflictions. I simply didn’t have a lot of time to re-attach into the stories despite re-attempting to read them off/on for the past few years.

I received a complimentary copy of “Summer by Summer” by BookSparks. By participating in the #SRC2015 – this is the YA version of that 2015 challenge called #ReadingIsBeautiful – I am reading the novels in exchange for my honest reviews; whether I am receiving a complimentary copy or borrowing them through my local library. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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My selection process for #sRC2015 + #Yasrc directly:

I made four selections for the #YASRC challenge – they were spilt rather evenly between Fantasy and Contemporary YA, as I made two selections for each genre. The interesting bit is that I hadn’t realised Summer by Summer was a Clean Reads selection for young adult (or adult) readers who are seeking a gentler side of YA. One of my personal contentions for reading YA as an adult reader and as a Prospective Adoptive Mum in the future, is how adult YA is becoming. Meaning, it is hard to find YA written for a true young adult reader – wherein, there isn’t strong language or overtly graphic violence. Whenever I find stories of YA which have vulgarity inclusive to their narratives, I either mention it directly on my reviews, find those stories to be DNF’d and/or they fall into what I place as a category for Upper YA due to the rather adult situations, strong language and/or other inclusive depictions of life I’d categorise as being nearly ‘outside the YA genre’ altogether.

What is beautiful about accidentally finding Blink YA Books is that this is a publisher who is striving towards keeping YA “YA” by the definitions that I appreciate myself for the genre! You can read more about how they’re doing this on their Info Page about their publishing practices. I personally can’t wait to read more stories by them as a result!

Especially as I’m an active reader of YA (and Middle Grade stories) inasmuch as the fact I’m a hybrid reader who moves between mainstream and INSPY markets. It is an uplift of joy to realise there are publishers out there who get why a lot of us like YA for what it can give not just young adult readers but for adults like myself who have re-discovered the beauty of YA Reads (hence why #iReadYA is a lovely tag, too) for the joyfulness of reconnecting with a part of our readerly lives we still love to discover today as older adults. Secondly, as a future parent I am also mindful of the stories I’d like to encourage my children to read themselves and as a book blogger I’ve been able to garnish a list of stories I would feel comfortable allowing them to read.

The reason I did select Summer by Summer was due to the premise involving a nanny on vacation to South America. I love stories involving nannies and au pairs – not just in fiction but in films, such as the Gregory Harrison Au Pair series of films on the previously known Fox Family Channel starring opposite Heidi Noelle Lenhart. Each Summer since 2015 I’ve been striving to focus on this novel and I can’t even count how many times its been prominently featured on my bookshelf or compiled into my #SummerReads selections for each of those Summers. For whichever reason, it remained a firmative fixture of my backlogue of Reviews until this Summer, 2019.

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Summer by Summer
by Heather Burch
Source: Publicist via BookSparks

Genres: Contemporary (Modern) Fiction (post 1945), New Adult Fiction, Upper YA Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 9780310729631

Published by Blink YA Books

on 7th April, 2015

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 288

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Listen to the synopsis as shared by the author:

Published By: Blink (@BlinkYABooks)
an imprint of HarperCollins Focus

Note on classification of genre: Although this was marketed for YA audiences, I felt upon reading the synopsis again for the first time in a few years combined with the context of the opening bridge of the novel – this felt like it fits better within the branch of Upper YA and/or New Adult. Especially considering Summer isn’t a young teenager – she’s employed as a nanny, a young woman who started the job as an eighteen year old and soon celebrated her nineteenth birthday.

Available Formats: Paperback, Ebook

Converse via: #SummerbySummer & #ReadingIsBeautiful + #YASRC

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My Review of summer by summer:

Heather needs this reset in her life – even her father felt it for her as he encouraged her to take heart in the fact she was accepted as the new nanny for young Joshie. His family spent their Summers in Belize and this was the day she was hired by his Mum to replace their regular nanny. I oft wondered what it would be like to an au pair; a few of my friends were hired on as au pairs aboard including in Germany. Although we’re not given a lot of information at the very start of Summer by Summer – we can intern from how Summer is apprehensive about her present life and the auspicious nature of her future looming ahead of her – something has become a stumbling block for her to think positively. Hence why this summer she can spend in South America is truly as life altering as it sounds to us, the readers.

She has lost some of her self-confidence – you can observe this by how she puts herself down for having shoes bought at a super center and how she doesn’t feel she comes close to the other applicants in regards to style, beauty or overall looks. She is very self-recriminating and part of that had to have a history to it – of what caused her to doubt herself to such a degree as to succumb to the fact she can’t perceive of a future where she can be happy and confident in her own skin. Those are things which are relatable to girls her age – your own the brink of exiting girlhood and teetering closer to adulthood. You’re just starting to figure things out and as you do there are periods of self-growth to go with the newfound maturity.

We settle into her life in Belize, how spending time with Joshie – a rather precociously intuitive child has drawn her outside of herself back to a place where she can comfortably feel more alive, more alert and less drawn to spiralling back into the past. She’s clearly undergone quite a lot in her young years – there is a hint of a loss, of a first love even and you are curious to learn about the boy named Michael. For now, her life is here in Belize, filled with the hours entertaining Joshie and worried about how their dynamic might shift if his older brother Bray enters the scene.

It is here where Summer by Summer begins to shift into a dual-narrative perspective – as we alternative between Summer and Bray’s points-of-view within the time-line of the story itself. If first impressions served anyone anything, Bray’s impression of Summer was way off base. He was judging her by her clothes and by her appearance with his brother rather than her personality or even what she was saying. Mind you, he was shouldering quite a bit himself on that first meeting – he had a secret he was keeping from Joshie, the secret that was the truer truth behind why his family was meeting in Belize this summer and that endeared you to him if nothing else. Such as his un-charmingly snarky way of viewing girls and judging a ‘good day’ by how hard he could party.

Summer realises the kind of boy Bray is as soon as she overhears his impression of her but what I liked about what Burch wrote-in to the story is how Summer takes this as a moment of empowerment. Of taking back her power to realise that Bray doesn’t have to be the person who devalues her own self-worth and that she can stand her own ground for representing the fact that girls like her not only deserve to be accepted on equal terms with everyone else but they don’t have to feel alienated and bullied either. Her first foray into executing her newfound sense of girl power was to attend the party Bray hoped she’d feign illness from attending (or at least, that’s how I read between the lines).

The party experience for Summer went as you felt it might and ended just as badly. Mostly because both Summer and Bray were too caught up in their own prejudices of each other to see one another outside that particular perspective. In other words, they were partially a modern day Lizzie and Darcy; they each had their pride but it was their shaded and clouded views of society, class and divisions of origins which were proving to be even greater stumbling blocks for them than it had been for Jane Austen’s heroine and hero. Bray even hinted towards this fault of theirs at the end of the party wherein he acknowledges that Summer never allowed him the opportunity to view her differently than she perceived she was being judged by him. Counter to that fiasco, Summer realised that the longings of a Mum with two boys is to have a daughter or at least, a girl of whom she can devout time and attention. I felt for Summer then; as its one thing to be employed as a nanny but its a harder shoe to fill to become a surrogate daughter to a woman whose family is fractured and falling apart at the seams. At least I thought they were – as divorce was lingering round the edges of the narrative.

Becky is the friend who helps anchour us back to Sarasota – as the family Summer is an au pair for resides in Naples, Florida but her own hometown is further up the coast closer to Tampa Bay. She’s the friend Summer enlisted to place flowers on the grave and even that gesture of sisterhood solidarity spoke volumes about how Summer hadn’t had it easy during her last years of high school. Becky was also surprised Summer allowed herself to be made over by Sandra (Joshie and Bray’s Mum) but I felt it was time for her to feel the freedom to seek out a fresher version of herself. To see what she wanted to wear and how she wanted to present herself to the world – when your away from home its the best opportunity to be open to new possibilities and that felt like why we saw Summer change her appearance.

I felt as rain-soaked as Bray and Summer when the storm hit – they never had the chance to outwit the fierceness of the storm. When it comes to the ocean, storms were uniquely able to overtake us rather quickly due to how the fuel for their power came from the very body of water your floating on in a boat. Burch wrote those sequences and scenes well – from the fear in Summer, to the resolute resolve in Bray. She created this imagery of fighting survival even before the impact cast them out out of the boat. Burch continued to give us this heightened sense of urgency to survive as soon as we realised the island they had been cast onto was uninhabited by anyone other than the natural world.

I must admit, I was quite enthralled with the story – as it was paced well, giving us glimpses into how two people might approach sorting out their whereabouts and the provisions they could have after shipwreck. I’ve seen enough films (both adult and children) which dealt with this situation to feel like I could envision their time on the island not to mention I previously read Lost on the Water during Wyrd And Wonder this year. Certain portions of their early moments on the island – where they were attempting to sort out what to do and how best to get through the approaching nightfall reminded me of Six Days, Seven Nights with Anne Heche and Harrison Ford (one of my favourite films of being shipwrecked aside from Swiss Family Robinson). The only moment where I felt an intake of breath was giving me the most anxiety is when Burch decided to have fins popping through the water whilst Bray was salvaging whatever he could from the wrecked boat!

Burch grew your empathy for Summer’s grief by how Bray encouraged her to think about Michael in a moment neither one of them needed another reason to lose hope in their present situation. There was tenderness in Bray’s attention to Summer, how he instinctively started to understand her needs – how she needed to feel comforted and comfortable around him because trust was one of the issues she didn’t want to admit to him. Yet, it was how Summer had lost Michael where your heart breaks for Summer; she tried to do right by Michael but he had already chosen to live in a way she had chosen to live against. His choices had a reverberation effect on Summer – the loss of his life was etched on her soul and that was what she had carried with her to Belize. Meeting Bray had re-awakened her grief due to how much Bray was the epitome of the boy Michael had once been himself. In that, Burch drew a hard line towards empathy, sympathy and the cautionary ways each of us has to choose which path is right for us to walk.

There is a discovery on the island which I immediately recollected memories of watching the Jurassic Park films because a) deserted islands and b) unexpected discoveries therein (ie. food, buildings, etc) – to where I really did smirk! The sequence also broke-up the desolation of the island, of how there was a renewal of being found and/or at least surviving longer than if they hadn’t sorted out what this island could provide for them to use whilst they awaited rescue. It was here where Burch allowed her characters to continue to grow – as most of their hours weren’t just spent like Robinson Crusoe in finding ways to maintain their health and abate the effects of the harsh environment they were facing constantly but rather to turn inward in a way where they could em-better themselves by continued self-growth. They each were on the fringes of understanding each other – not just as peers and as potential partners but on a bare bone sense of open honesty – of two people who needed to find mutual resilience and become self-sufficient in how they needed to survive.

A few events on the island did surprise me – there was a secondary thread of focus after Bray and Summer were settled into their hourly routines – of being mindful of the sun, the need for sustenance and water and the quirks of being on a deserted island with only the bugs and animals for company. They had hidden dangers just to seek out (clean) water – involving a lot of expeditions into the interior of the island, straying away from the coastal areas they had been hugging closer to in case of rescue. They moved from two different areas along the coast, as one had a hidden asset for them to take shelter and the other one left them exposed to the deadly rays of the sun inasmuch as the reflective glare off the ocean itself. Their source of foods altered by what they uncovered on the island – there was a cache of food which you either a) believe is plausible or b) felt was overly convenient but helped with the forward momentum of the story. And, yet, in the background of everything they are enduring just to survive another 12 hours of exposure to the elements as overnight hours despite the dangers of the inserts were easier on them to handle – Burch decided to throw in a plot twist which I nearly felt came out of left field. Mostly as there wasn’t any foreshadowing about how this part of Belize has this specific issue in the islands off their mainland. It was actually better explained as the suspense progressed but ahead of it actually arriving in the context of their days/hours, Burch left us for a lurch.

Once this secondary plot was exposed and in full play, I started to question how this story would end as I originally felt it was a beautifully lovely coming-of age novel about how two young adults find maturity and self-growth inasmuch as personal healing on an island which forced them to face themselves and each other in a place which did not allow for half-truths, lies or self-consciousness. They were forced to address whatever arises as it happened – including their internal thoughts, fears, anxieties and the emotional baggage Summer herself had never let go since she lost Michael. That in of itself was quite the incredible growth of a singular character’s arc within the framework of an Upper YA novel as Burch didn’t just make haste and prove how Summer found closure. She took you through those gutting motions of self-doubt, survivor’s guilt and the psychological process of self-healing through self-acceptance, forgiveness and spiritual guidance.

Yet, what I felt was sacrificed a bit was the realism of what was happening elsewhere on the island – for instance, I could have cut out the secondary plot points and inserted the ending at the point of exit where the rescue happens. Meaning, it was convicting enough about why there was a delay in rescue based on the facts introduced after Bray and Summer leave the island without having to feel like without this secondary component of the story, their journey on the island would be devalued. I also didn’t like how once they ‘went back’ their reunion with their families was brilliant but it was the judgements and persecution they faced by the outside world that rankled me.

This was partially due to [secondary plot points] but also due to how they had to handle a deadly situation with a predator on the island. I did agree with Burch showing how you can’t predict how others will accept or dismiss your own living history nor how they may or may not accept your reasons for the actions you took to survive a dangerous situation such as the ordeal they endured but even *then!* I questioned why the ending had to have some snark in it? Why not have these two rescued and returnt to their families the way you would hope they could go home? Why muddle it?

Overall, it was the sequencing of the two coming to terms with growing up and their spiritual lives which truly motivated me to keep turning the pages. They were each at different cross-roads in their lives – Bray was still in the ‘sowing his oats’ stage and Summer was on the brink of spiralling through a depressive state of survivor’s guilt combined with a bit of PTSD. The island proved to be the place where they could each find the time to address what they needed to progress forward into a future they hadn’t envisioned possible and it gave them a firm blessing of grace in which to walk forward towards it.

On the INSPY undertones of the novel:

Summer is wrestling with her faith and spirituality – that much we can ascertain for ourselves as soon as the novel begins but it isn’t until she is about to embark on an excursion to the cays with Bray and Cory (as they want to go diving) where she starts to reveal more of what has been preventing her to feel comfortable in her walk of faith. She had previously hinted at having a disconnection – of removing herself from youth group, of not believing in what she once had and a lot of other issues stemming from someone who is questioning their beliefs and questioning how she wants to proceed; with or without the faith she once had known. This is a marked moment for anyone and I felt Summer had more drama to share with us as the novel continued because of the premature death of the boy she keeps referencing in Sarasota but also because of how she won’t allow herself to forgive herself for something we were not yet clued in about.

Continuing throughout the journey Bray and Summer took on the island, spirituality and the questioning doubts someone has who is fully convinced they’ve lost their faith are explored. This is a novel about owning the repercussions of tragedy and finding a way to heal your heart through forgiveness of yourself before you can entertain the notion of accepting love back into your life. There is a lot of personal growth happening in Summer by Summer as much as the title itself eludes to an allegory of insight into how best to live one’s life – taking one season at a time and not rushing yourself to proceed when your unable to let go of the past.

On the realistic overtures of the story:

There are some key issues that are being discussed that I think can be relatable to any reader who is seeking out an Upper YA and/or a New Adult novel such as the following:

→ drinking and the party life

→ premarital relations and/or flings

→ purity rings and the choice to wait for marriage

Not all of this is discussed or depicted in great detail – but these are subjects in the background – of things that the characters are contemplating. Burch presents these choices as marks of transitions in the character’s lives inasmuch as the topics that young adults might actively be discussing within their own relationships. The differences in expectations in a relationship and the differences in each individual person’s walk of faith – where their morals lie and where they might make compromises (if any).

Mostly though – Summer and Bray have a very chaste experience on the island but it is the topics that they discuss which made the novel feel as adult as they were transforming into themselves. These are also the kind of topics any person entering into a relationship would want to ask of their partner to see if they align in regards to beliefs and lifestyle choices. Everyone has a past but the past they’ve lived isn’t entirely meant to be a justification about how they will live their future.

on the writing style of heather burch:

Burch sets her characters up well to be inclusive of the prejudices and miscontruements that most people never have the chance to work through much less apologise for afterwards. In the beginning of the story, Bray has this self-assurance about him – of his elite superiority over girls like Summer, of whom he feels are ‘less than’ himself because of how they act, talk, dress or style themselves. In his world, girls look and behave a certain way or they at least know how to get his attention – all superficially of course, but that was the kind of girl he was into at the start of the novel. His whole life felt like it was being lived in the fast lane and Burch did well to paint him that way due to his privileged lifestyle and the fact his parents allowed him to have an Upper Middle Class upbringing. By comparison, he could take notes from his younger brother Joshie on how best to live and interact with his peers.

She is also openly honest about the thoughts and feelings teenagers are going through on the brink of adulthood – fittingly, as this is published by a publisher who wants to showcase that transitional period of their lives. They’re not quite ready to tackle the full responsibilities of the world at large but their not trapped in secondary school either – as these characters have recently graduated high school. Their sorting out who they want to be and in doing that, Burch offers an honest look into two oppositional personalities – Bray and Summer, the choices they make individually and how opposite they were on first meeting.

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As I was seeking out reviews to link to my own on behalf of Summer by Summer, I was a bit surprised at first to see the feedback from other readers and book bloggers. Until of course, I remembered how judgemental the INSPY readerly world can become of INSPY novels. The inclusions that affected a lot of the readers did not affect me in the same way – in fact, this is a very realistically written novel inasmuch as the collective works of Brenda S. Anderson or Julie Lesson or any number of INSPY novelists I personally love to read who are writing convicting stories full of realistically honest characters living real lives in their fictional worlds.

I think sometimes INSPY readers forget that part of the beauty of today’s INSPY market is having realistic fiction knitted into the backbone of an INSPY novel because life is muddy and murky and can become a quagmire of choices, obstacles and emotions. Everyone has a different walk to live and a different life to lead but that doesn’t make the stories less of an INSPY narrative – it just proves how diversely lived our lives honestly and authentically are in the real world.

If fictional worlds and character lives can become a composite of our own living realities, we need to champion those authors because they are writing narratives which are realistically relatable to people living in the here and now.

And, I applaud the choices Burch made in Summer by Summer because she wrote an authentic novel about real choices any two persons would need to make if their life took a turn for surviving the ordeal Summer and Bray were facing themselves.

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This book review is courtesy of: BookSparks

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Reading is Beautiful part of YA SRC 2015 by BookSparks.This is my fifth review for #SRC2015!

Read the full listings of my #SRC2015 selections!

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Previously, I reviewed three #SRC2015 challenge books:

The Grown-Ups (Review) + Wishful Thinking (Review)

+ Vote for Remi (Review)

As well as my 1st #ReadingIsBeautiful Challenge book:

Blonde Eskimo (Review)!

NOTE: I am including the YA selections

with my tally of the #SRC2015 Readings!

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Readers | Books Bloggers :

Impressions of Summer by Summer via #SRC2015:

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{ a quick search + the twitterverse provided me the road map! }

This is not an ordered list as I simply found links in succession of each other. There are a heap of book bloggers per title during #SRC2015; therefore this is an abridged list of reviewers. This doesn’t count the fact the reading challenge is open to the public for those who are either borrowing the books via their local libraries and/or purchasing copies outright to read and review for their own edification and joy. Be sure to follow the #SRC2015 tag on Twitter to find more opinions.

Summer by Summer by Heather Burch | Prismatic Prospects

Review: Summer by Summer | Quite the Novel Idea

Summer by Summer by Heather Burch | Novel Novice

Book Review: Summer by Summer | Bewitching Bibliophile

*I tried to find more reviews or guest features but couldn’t find them.

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Reading this novel counted towards some of my 2019 reading goals:

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Last year, despite my earnest attempts to read the stories as they alighted in my life for review consideration and contemplation, the fact I had 10 out of 12 difficult months of health afflictions (including my continuing battle with chronic migraines) – I lost the ability to focus on a lot of the books I was receiving. I am thankful I am in a better place right now in late January to where I can begin ‘anew’ and re-settle into the stories and works of Non-Fiction I wasn’t able to read until now – including those which released a year or two prior whilst I was helping my Dad recover from his stroke in late 2016. This New Year is a year where I can reclaim my readerly life and get back into the books I yearn to read, ruminate over and savour.

Read about how I’m spending my Summer reading YA novels!

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