Friday, August 21, 2020

THE SUMMER OF '98 - Book Review


Book Overview:

Before Drayton and Dallas, there was Ellie and Leroy . . .

With the prequel to her smash hit The QB Bad Boy and Me, rising star Tay Marley returns to tell the story of Drayton’s parents and the summer that changed everything . . .

Sometimes home isn’t a place, it’s a person. From the moment their eyes met, Ellie knew he would be her destiny. Handsome and ripped, there’s just something about Leroy Lehay, Baylor University’s soon-to-be star quarterback, that makes him impossible to resist.

Consumed by a passion neither one of them can quite understand, Leroy and Ellie spend the summer together. Left senseless and overwhelmed by his touch, Ellie experiences a world of desire she could never have imagined.

Safe in Leroy’s arms, Ellie begins to see a life beyond high school: going to college, starting her own business, having a family. But when life-altering news shakes them to their cores, Leroy and Ellie must discover if their passion is enough to help them get through what might possibly be the greatest challenge of their lives.

My Review:

For me, I was spending the Summer of '98 giving birth to my second child.  And that was at the age of 21!  But I digress...

A book intended for teens and young adults, The Summer of '98 tells of how two people meet up and fall in love rather quickly.  Ellie and Leroy then spend most of the summer together at his hometown.  Then, something happens that rocks their world and tests their love.

There's so much I liked about this book, and so much I didn't like.  Due to racy content and language, I'd definitely recommend this for the older teen crowd.  I wouldn't let my young teenager read it.  Even though I was doing a lot of things that Ellie and Leroy were doing at their age, I don't necessarily feel it's appropriate to lay it all out like that.  For starters, Ellie gives up her virginity to Leroy the first night they meet because she's so sure "he's the one".  Secondly, the sex scenes are a little too raunchy for the crowd it's intended for.

With that said, I liked the overall story line of the book and could relate to a lot of it.  I found myself more interested in Leroy's brother, Noah.  He seemed like a more complex character with raw feelings.  His on-again, off-again girlfriend was also quite relatable.  I could see a lot of teenagers, especially girls, having the same complicated feelings and emotions that she does in the book.

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.  


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