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    Just 18 Summers
    Rene Gutteridge, Michelle Cox
    Tyndale House / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 26 Reviews
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  1. Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read book
    August 27, 2014
    Mary
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Just 18 Summers" is a wonderful novel by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox. The book contains many main characters, yet is easy to follow. It will touch the heart of everyone that reads it. The life and death of Jenny Browning is what has brought this group of friends together, causing each of them to rethink their lives, careers and parenting styles.

    I loved how "real" each person was in describing their feelings as they dealt with their life choices. I laughed out loud when single dad, Butch Browning was trying to figure out how to make a treat for his daughter to bring to school, and I totally understood Beth's feelings as her daughter was planning her wedding. So much of this book contains situations that I have had in my life, and I think it will be real to others as well. Each of us has 18 summers to spend with our children! I think this story will make everyone that reads it think deeper about what is most important to them!

    I am happy to give this book 5 stars! I would recommend it for any age group. It is a clean, thought provoking story. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Poignant
    August 27, 2014
    i blog 4 books
    Just 18 Summers was different than I was expecting ... and different than any other book I can think of right now. After Jenny Browning is tragically killed in a car accident, her family and friends aren't sure how to pick up the pieces and move on. Additionally, each of them seems to be facing other issues and "growing pains" as their kids are getting married and going to college, dealing with teenage angst, and welcoming their first child.

    The book switches between seven different perspectives, which I thought would be confusing, but somehow worked for this book. It gave a complete story, although I would have liked to hear more from Butch Browning, I think. Parts of the story were a little stressful to read, maybe too realistic. But the way that all the parts worked together made for a really poignant story. [4 stars]
  3. Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Don't Waste a Moment
    August 25, 2014
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Just 18 Summers is definitely on my top 10 list of must read books! At times I laughed so hard I had to read excerpts to my family so theyd understand why I was laughing. At other times I cried tears of sorrow, of joy and of understanding. Four families in the story each tell their side of the parenting world and the struggles of raising kids for 18 summers from birth through adulthood. The book tells the story of how one life touches so many others and the best preaching that ever happens is what a Christian lives out every day in normal circumstances.

    Jenny Browning may have never known the incredible impact she had on the people in her life but through their stories, each person tells how Jenny touched them and pointed them to God.

    Butch never intended on being a single parent but life threw him into parenthood with a beautiful little girl, Ava and the loss of his wonderful wife, Jenny. Butch does the best he can with pizza dinners, but hes missing so much more than cooking lessons. His daughter becomes his teacher and he finds 18 summers goes very fast.

    Beth has prayed over her children every day of their lives. Shes asked God to give them spouses who are of His choosing. Beth has trusted the Lord all of her life, at least she thinks shes trust Him until her faith is tested. When Beths daughter announces shes marrying a pizza delivery boy, Beth falls apart. This was never in her plans for her daughter, Robin. As Beth realizes shes tried to protect her children from anything hurtful or harmful, she also realizes shes tried to control them out of Gods plan for each of them. Beth finds that 18 summers has flown by before she realized it and she never taught her daughter everything she could to make the perfect choices in life.

    Daphne is pregnant with her first baby and shes determined to do it right. She finds every book on pregnancy, parenting, and child care that she read. With all of the planning shes doing, she finds herself in a place where shes not trusting God for her life or the life of her child. Slowly in her psychotic planning and preparing, Daphne has alienated her husband, Tippy.

    Charles and Helen have the perfect life. They dress perfectly, live in the perfect house, have perfect children, or at least it appears like that from the outside. Helen wants to give her children everything and Charles is driven enough to make that happen. But in all of their perfection, they are realizing 18 summers with their children is not something they can buy.

    Each family faces their own trials and tribulations but all come to realize 18 summers is all theyre going to have with their children. Just 18 Summers is a fantastic read! I cannot say enough great things about the book. However, I can say that Ill be adding books by both Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox on to my to be read list.

    I received Just 18 Summers from the Book Club Network and Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Take Away Message
    August 22, 2014
    Reader5
    IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I enjoyed reading this book by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox about several intertwined families all with children. This book made me think of why I am so thankful to be living near my nieces and nephews, and doing fun things with them in the summer.

    I liked the character development in the story, especially Butch who lost his wife and now is a single dad learning the ins and outs.

    I think this a valuable book not only for parents but for singles that want to have a family in the future.I look forward to seeing this when it comes out at the movies.

    I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  5. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great message
    August 19, 2014
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You only have your children with you for about 18 summers. And then they are considered adults. Make every single summer (and the moments in between) count. Don't wait until it's too late. Four families are in various stages of realizing that they have to make each moment count. Because you never know when you won't have another chance.

    The book started out a little slow and slightly depressing. But within a couple of chapters I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. It had humor, true love, and tons of parenting mishaps. But what grabbed me the most was the authenticity of it. It felt real. Some of the reactions might have been a bit over the top. But since every aspect of the parenting journey seemed to be covered, there will be a place for everyone to feel like they've "been there". It was refreshing and inspiring. I finished the book with the thought that every new parent should read this. It really opens your eyes to the fact that we only have 18 summers to make a difference. Make it count. Loved this book!

    I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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