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Publication Date: 2010
Series: Real Life
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.
Sofia Marie5 Stars Out Of 5A great book by a great authorDecember 20, 2016Sofia MarieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Typical Bryn: "I wasnt so worried about tonights injuries. Those bruises wouldnt rise to the surface until at least tomorrow. It was Wednesdays evidence I was worried about. I couldnt 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 boyfriends friends threatening her and a grandmother coming over to help that insists Bryn learns -of all things- how to surf? Is there any way out of this mess, with or without this strange book that seems to talk directly to her?
As usual, Nancy Rue has written an amazing book. I loved "Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble!" It was fun to read about a girl who, though in high school, is still younger than me (Bryns fifteen). The issues dealt with are serious and are real problems that teenage girls face daily. RL-the book that helped her- is basically a modern-day paraphrase of the Bible and can mysteriously open to the pages that Bryn needs to read. Although a book that talks to you isnt really there, Nancy does show us that the Bible can speak to you too.
This is the second of the Real Life series for teens. The others are "Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book," "Tournaments, Cocoa and One Wrong Move" and "Limos, Lattes, and My Life on the Fringe." They can all be read as stand-alones, since the only thread is that one girl places the RL book for someone to find, and the next girl picks it up.
ButtercupAge: Under 18Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good read, but heavy and emotionalDecember 21, 2010ButtercupAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book, although another winner for Nancy Rue, was very heavy for me. Bryn is a bruised person, physically and emotionally, but her journey to recovery, salvation, and courage is a good one. Bryn makes a lot of mistakes, but in the end she finds her way with a little help from one mysterious RL book, which she finds in the midst of her turmoil. If you are not one to want some heavy conflicting action when you read, this might not be the book for you. However it was a good read, and I enjoyed Bryn's story. Plus you have to add the conflict with a little romance (like always ;D), some surfing, and a lovely and eccentric grandmother who happens to like burritos, and you've got a classic Nancy Rue teen book.
Debbie from Different Time Different Place5 Stars Out Of 5July 6, 2010Debbie from Different Time Different Place"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 realistically and dealt with realistic, hard problems. I really cared about what happened to Bryn and the other main characters, so I had a hard time putting the novel down. The suspense/tension kept building throughout the story as the situation kept getting worse and worse. Despite the tough issues, the book was realistic but encouraging rather than depressing.This was definitely a novel intended for Christians. Bryn found a strange, "RL" book with stories from the Bible about Jesus but they seemed written just for her and the situation she's going through. The Christian element was a main part of the story, but I didn't feel like the author was lecturing the reader or Bryn. It was just...comforting and challenging.The minimal bad language was of the "he said a five letter word" type. There was no sex. Overall, I highly recommend this as a touching, well-written, clean novel.I received this book from the publisher as a review copy.
Carol GehringerRaleigh, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5June 14, 2010Carol GehringerRaleigh, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleThe strange book mentioned in the title is the RL (Real Life) book that each girl reads while dealing with her real-life issues (as opposed to a fantasy adventure or historical fiction). This series provides a wholesome alternative to other series in popular literature, contemporary teen fiction. In Boyfriends, Burritos& an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life), Bryn has been good at keeping secrets, even about her boyfriend's abusive behavior. When a car accident reveals the truth and unleashes trouble, her friends don't believe her, and her world unravels. Her athlete boyfriend and friends blame her for the accident. When she decides to tell the truth and press charges, she is alienated by them. Her grandmother arrives to help her live through the process of going to court, and teaches her how to surf and make Mexican cuisine. She learns that telling the truth has a price as she faces name calling, threats, and more. Like Jessie, she also finds a mysterious RL book that could hold the secret to riding out the tidal wave her life has become since the car accident. Through it, she learns about Yeshua, the main character, and the book seems to meet her where she is at, emotionally and spiritually. This book can be easily read by students 5th grade and up. It's not a heavy book that promises false hope, but one that shows how a real girl faces her personal demons and tries to search for spiritual significance. In the next book Boyfriends, Burritos& an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life)), it is an abusive relationship and what happens when you stand up for the truth. In the first book, Motorcycles, Sushi& One Strange Book (Real Life), it is dealing with ADHD and a dysfunctional family. 5 stars for an excellent read -- can't wait to read the 3rd book, coming out in the fall! I'm passing my copy on to a middle school friend. Taken from the review published in the Christian Library Journal, August2010