Just 18 Summers is both humorous and thought-provoking. You only have your children for 18 summers. How will you spend it? This story revolves around four families and their interactions. And how they chose to spend the last summer before their children went to college. It is humorous at times but it also makes you think how you would handle similar circumstances. Overall it was an enjoyable book. I would encourage every parent to read it!
I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Just 18 Summers really woke me up as a parent. I went through every day life honestly sometimes irritated when my kids wanted me to play or to tell me something. I felt that I was too busy but after reading Just 18 Summers I took a look at my kids and saw them for the people they really were. My little boy just wants me to look at him a minute and when I did he was happier. I took the time to build with him which made him so happy. Even helping him clean his room made him happier. My oldest wants to share fun stupid trivia and she wants you to appreciate that fact about her. We are all individuals and no one wants to feel that someone doesn't have time for them. God wants us to appreciate everyone, no matter how they are different. He wants us to love our children and watch them grow. I think this is a must read for any parent.
I received a copy of this book for my honest review from TBCN.
This tender book about families will make you laugh and cry.
Parents have their children for just 18 summers. How can parents make the best of those summers, creating memories while influencing their children to become godly adults? The authors have created a novel that gives readers the opportunity to follow four families through a summer.
Butch is trying to figure out single parenthood after his wife was recently killed in an automobile accident. He has Ava, a darling and perceptive child. Butch is floundering, evidenced by dressing Ava in her only clean top, a Christmas sweater, for the sweltering May high school graduation of her cousin.
Beth and Larry are facing their son going to college at the end of summer. Their daughter is home for the summer from her college studies. She drops a bombshell when she announces she's getting married at the end of summer to a pizza delivery guy. Struggling with all the crashing dreams they had for their daughter, with their son leaving soon, Beth and Larry wonder how they can make the best of this last family summer.
Daphne is pregnant. She's read every book, watched every video. She's driving her husband, Tippy, crazy with all her fears. Organic food, bumpers on all the sharp edges in their home. She even wonders if it is too early to send for SAT help books.
Helen and Charles have given their children everything money can buy. But what their children really wanted was time and snuggling love. Helen demanded perfection from their children and disdains the sloppy, fun loving children in other families. Now their oldest, valedictorian, full college scholarship, is leaving the home. Away so often on business trips, Charles struggles with what he has missed with his daughter.
The four couples know each other, through work, church, marriage, or a scrap book group. The authors cleverly interweave the families, showing the different parenting styles and their results. In that respect, this becomes a book showing attempts at family life. Some have sweet results while others are not so positive.
The authors have mixed humorous scenes with sobering ones. Ava needs homemade cupcakes for school and when Butch asks Larry to help, I laughed out loud. This isn't rocket science. Let's bake the cake first, then we'll worry about shaping them. And Ava is such a darling. She steals the show when she goes with her dad to his construction site and wins over his crew of hard working men.
This is a delightful novel for every parent. We see lessons learned in each of the families. Ultimately, each must rely on the Lord for their parenting efforts. Some have the future with their child before them while others must grieve time lost. I highly recommend this novel.
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Rene Gutteridge is one of my favorite authors and I know I can always expect quality writing from her. Michelle Cox is new to me so I was interested to see how they would mesh. I enjoyed the result very much. There is nothing that disappointed me about this book.
We follow four families, two of whom live next door to each other. Most parents worry about how to raise their children to be happy, productive adults. The neighbors have very different styles of parenting. Helen over schedules her children in an effort to give them the good start that she didn't have. Her son and daughter feel pushed to perform and really wish to be loved and nurtured. The son watches his neighbors playing outside flying a kite and wishes that he could do that with his dad. He is devastated when his dad hires their neighbor to build and fly a kite with him.
Each family has very different circumstances and a different reason to doubt their parenting skills. Each realizes they only have 18 summers to get it right before their children may be on their own.
I think this is a book that would be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good story. There were times when I felt sad for both parents and children. In the next chapter I'd be laughing. The story held my interest throughout the book. There were times I couldn't put the book down until I found out what happened. If you don't know either of these writers, I hope you will take a chance on their writing. I believe you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
Just 18 Summers is a very thought provoking novel. It has a very good story that connects 4 families together in their struggle to raise kids, have careers, and keeping their priorities straight. This happens all amidst tragedy and joy. I love the way it is told from the viewpoint of the 7 different parents. I ended up seeing myself in all of these characters. There is a part of them we could all probably identify with in some way. A very good and interesting read that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe about life.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for a review.