Genre: Christian Inspirational Fiction, Y/A
My Thoughts:Sixteen-year-old Summer McClain seemingly has it all—a doting mother and father, two best friends who stick closer than glue, and a grandmother who can cook the pants off any chef who dares to go up against her. Her world is perfect in every way—until tragedy strikes the core of her family.When Summer thinks the worst thing in her life has happened, she’s dealt more blows that make her question her young faith. Her two best friends, who should be there to love her through her devastation, have personal issues of their own, and on top of that, a girl at school starts bullying her for no reason. Will Summer be able to withstand the heartache, pain, and pressure she has to endure?
"I wouldn't want to grow up in today's world," (149) these were the words that were uttered by the main character's mother. Being a teenager today is pretty tough. There are many expectations and dramas that cause a teenager's self-esteem to plummet. This book touched on a few issues that teenagers go through. Summer Rain is a great read for teens.This story centers around a girl named Summer who's life changes drastically. Her life was perfect before the death of a loved one. Afterward, Summer's beliefs and confidence begin to waver. It is interesting to read how Summer tries to keep her composure with the help of her faith in God. She is angry with Him for what has happened but her relationship with Him only grows stronger. It's not everyday that one gets to read a YA book that deals with not only with the daily issues of teenagers, but also the issues of one's relationship with God.
The problems that are mentioned in this book are quite sad but true. Topics about coping with the death of a loved one, battling bulimia, and the dangers of bullying is something that teens need to read. All of this is presented in a clean manner that will help send the message out to its intended audience.
The only complaint I have about this book is that I didn't feel connected with Summer. She is described to be a very good kid but she did not appear to be true to me. Her dialogue feels forced and many times I felt she is talking like a little girl. Maybe I'm not used to reading completely innocent teenagers.
In the end, this is a great book for teenagers. It raises serious issues in today's teenage population and I really hope many adolescents will get to read this book. I rate it:
Cherlisa Starks Richardson is a graduate of Indiana State University and also has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mrs. Richardson is a motivational speaker and a school board member in her township. She and her family lives in Indiana.