Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: Summer Unplugged - Amy Sparling

What happens when your parent can't handle you anymore? For Bayleigh it means getting shipped off to her grandparent's farm in the middle of nowhere and worse without any form of communication. Bayleigh has pushed her mom far too many times from hanging out and getting serious with her boyfriend Ian who has been to juvie and is in and out of trouble, sneaking out to go to parties and plain old disobeying her mother. Her mother has had it up to here with her and has decided it's time for Plan B. This summer vacation, she has shipped Bayleigh off to spend time with her parents at their farm. During this time, Bayleigh meets the new next-door neighbor who is about her age or closer to Ian's. Jace is a professional Motocross rider and has been tearing up his new property which was left to him by his grandad. You see he is on a recovery break as well. As the novel goes along, we do read as Jace, and Bayleigh get close but what will happen when Ian decides to make a surprise visit to the farm and meets Jace? I have to admit; I found this YA novel a bit childish in parts as both Bayleigh and Ian both annoyed me as they were acting like spoilt brats. For Bayleigh, it's like seriously do you think you are that entitled that you can do whatever the heck you want ? and Ian, what sort of guy does it make you if you think you can play with people's feelings - seriously? Jace - do you think it's a good idea to get into the middle of another love triangle as that's what got you blacklisted from a few major Motocross sponsors, etc. 
Maybe it's my age, but this YA novel annoyed me. I think too that it is more suited to the age of 12-15+ years. So if you are looking for a good book for your tween to read, then Summer Unplugged series by Amy Sparling is a good place to start.

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