The Summer of Brian

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
When Charlene Bowman’s parents take on a teenage houseguest for a month, she doesn’t expect much to change for her that summer. But Brian arrives early on a Saturday morning, handsome and confident, throwing Charlene’s world into turmoil. Could Charlene be about to learn a lesson in life and love? More

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About Kenechi Udogu

Kenechi lives in London and enjoys writing fantasy fiction and short stories (some of which she posts on her blog). She also hates the cold and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter.

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Cherese A. Vines reviewed on Dec. 27, 2012

The Summer of Brian by Kenechi Udogu is a good YA read. After the first chapter my first impression was "cute." Of course, I'm old and anything to do with teenagers and their first loves and crushes will be cute to me. I could easily see a couple of teenagers finding Charlene's predicament with Brian important enough to consume their summer.

It is a quick, light read with normal characters in situations that seemed only slightly over done especially with Nathan's past and how it comes out. Of course, the best friend Orla is more entertaining than Charlene. But that's what secondary characters are for, relief from the more "serious" matter facing the heroine. Brian's character is kind of flat, which is surprising because he's in the title. Nathan is "cute." My favorite part is the scene where Nathan takes Charlene, Orla and Brian to the fair to see his friend play guitar. Too cute!

OK, enough of the cutes. You'll enjoy it.

I was provided with a copy for an honest review.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Ruth Benitez reviewed on Dec. 17, 2012

The Summer of Brian is sweet, fun and really fast teen-romance, which will make you laugh a lot and will leave you with a smile.

Charlene is just enjoying the summer until she finds out that Brian a seventeen-year-old boy is going to stay at her house for a month. He is not only an older hot guy but also her parents adore him. Just to seem more interesting, she lies about having a boyfriend. Charlene and her crazy friend, Orla, will set on the quest to find a boy to be the fake boyfriend. All this leads to Nathan, a boy nobody knows much about.

Charlene sees herself tangled between the lies and starts to deal with unknown feelings. Keeping suspicions about everyone real intentions and learning a lot of life. Everything comes to an epic end in her fifteenth birthday. She will learn about love, friendship, honesty and be herself above all.

The Summer of Brian is an adorable book, with cute characters, funny, simple and above all good to read. It is not recommendable only for teens but for all ages.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
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