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Summer of Seventeen by [Harvey-Berrick, Jane]
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Length: 291 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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FIVE STARS
“Every scene of this story had purpose … it all collided into one summer that shaped Nick at his core. Good or bad, each event made him into something stronger, even if he had to fight and crawl to get there. I can’t say enough about this book. There were times it hurt so much to continue reading I thought I would break, but then there were moments where the story was so beautiful you wanted to grab hold and never let it go. If you want to hope and cry and feel and fall on your knees because you’re so happy to be alive, then read this book. It’s beautiful in ways you can’t imagine.”

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TOTALLY BOOKED
Beautiful, sweet, hopeful, vivid, tragic and emotional. ‘Summer of Seventeen’ is not only inspirational and an all-consuming journey of self-discovery and hope. It’s a coming of age story written with such realism it touched my heart and I felt so deeply that it brought me to tears. I highly recommend this story!
✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars
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Not suitable for under 18
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It was supposed to be the endless summer of sand, sea, and surf. Supposed to be. But, Nick Andrews life is crashing out of control. His girlfriend and his best friend have declared war, his sister's constant interference in his life is driving him insane, and there are money problems that won’t go away. Being seventeen isn’t supposed to be this hard.

When cool surfer Marcus arrives in town followed by a string of women, Nick sees that there are easier ways to live. But with his life falling to pieces around him, it’s hard to know who to trust.

As the scorching heat of summer grows, events begin to unravel, reaching a shattering conclusion—and a summer he’ll never forget.

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"This story will make you travel back in time. Will make you remember when you were 17. You will laugh. You will cry. Your heart will be broken..
I loved being inside Nick's mind. I felt his pain and insecurities. The moments of happiness and the loneliness. Every single feeling is strong, I could almost touch them."
Beverley C.

"It is 1:30am. I have just finished, ‘Summer of Seventeen’. I don't really know what to say. I just felt I had to acknowledge the effect this book had on me.
I thought I was going to read a YA story about teenagers out of school for the summer, with all the fun, and partying, and surfing. The last summer before graduating high school. I was looking for a love story. It was so much more! I felt that I was in the head of Nick. I felt his pain, his love, his frustration with his life. Yansi was so special. She was one of my favourite characters."
Shirley W.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing (22 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MWC9H5S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb2fe5a98) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb28ce048) out of 5 stars Beautiful in ways you can’t imagine. 22 September 2014
By M.Burgad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is totally different from anything Jane Harvy-Berrick has ever written. It’s not a romance. There’s a romance in the story, but the story isn’t a romance. It’s a stunning coming-of-age story that will rip you apart.

Nick’s life is one long series of miserable moments. His mother has recently died, his sister can’t stand him, his best friend is changing for the worse, and his girlfriend’s parents hate him.

"Sometimes I really thought God hated me. It was mutual."

At seventeen Nick’s world is changing in unimaginable ways. But even though he should be torn apart, he’s standing, struggling to survive. This isn’t a sob story. Nick is strong in ways I couldn’t fathom. He isn’t overly opportunistic, but he isn’t lamenting over what his life could have been either. He’s just a seventeen-year-old kid who’s been dealt a s***y hand and is dealing with it the best he can.

Nick’s no longer a child, but he’s not an adult either. The amount of emotions he has to deal with in one summer would be overwhelming to anyone, let alone a seventeen-year-old. Guilt, wonder, heartbreak, anger, frustration, despair, first love; each emotion shapes him, changes him until at the end of the summer he’s something different.

Jane Harvey-Berrick overwhelmed me with emotions. She manipulates words in a way that completely captures the characters feelings. The prose and emotion connect in a way that is astounding. It’s like she gave me words to express what I was feeling even before I understood what I was trying to say.

"Give me a lifetime of feeling this. Give me now and then and soon and when, and give me a future, give me life, give me hope."

Every scene of this story had purpose. Death, life, anguish, and redemption, it all collided into one summer that shaped Nick at his core. Good or bad, each event made him into something stronger, even if he had to fight and crawl to get there. I can’t say enough about this book. There were times it hurt so much to continue reading I though I would break, but then there were moments where the story was so beautiful you wanted to grab hold and never let it go. If you want to hope and cry and feel and fall on your knees because you’re so happy to be alive, then read this book. It’s beautiful in ways you can’t imagine.

"So I stare down and the memories rush back. Good, good times. Bad times. Worse times. And I remember."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2b00054) out of 5 stars Another great story By Jane! 22 September 2014
By Beverly C. Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Every Time Jane announces a book, I know I have to buy it. Own it. Again, she surprised me with an ARC.You can imagine now my reaction when I woke up, check my inbox and there was waiting for me Nick!
#Surprised
Jane has done it. She wrote another great story.
Not repetitive. Not predictive. Summer of Seventeen is a Simple, Life-Like, Emotional ride. From the bottom of my heart I will tell you this: Get your tissues ready and breathe. This is a Page Turner and is prepared for a battle. Summer of Seventeen will take hostages from page one to the very end. True story!
There's lot to say about this story, but I will stick to the basics. I don't want to give you any spoiler. The Title, Cover and blurb says it all. This is the story of, 17 year old, Nick and how he spent this particular summer. Summer! Yay! Beaches. Hang out with friends. Girls, Girls and more girls. Doing nothing. Typical summer for a typical boy next door. I was very far from the truth. This book is different. Captivating different. And that's why you will fall in love with the story.
I'm pretty sure you have heard this quote before "What happened was supposed to happen in that way and oder for a reason." Right? I agree 100%. The book is written from Nick's ( Main character ) POV. I enjoyed being inside Nick's mind. How he processed everything around him. Nothing about his emotions. His decisions. The way he talked. Nothing felt fake. All of the characters were likable and as usual some ( Marcus *coughs* Mine! *coughs* ) became my favorite or I love them more than others. Remember the quote? "What happened was supposed to happen . . . " All the situations affecting Nick. Direct or indirect. None of them felt rushed or unreal. It felt like reading a book with a label : Based on a true story.
You will travel back in time. You will remember when you turn 17. Your friends. High school. First loves. Everything.

Summer of Seventeen goes deep. Showing the reader that it's not really the situations, karma throws at us, that change us. It's the decisions we make at that moment. Those really are the factor that change the entire quotation.

#Intense

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2a916c0) out of 5 stars Summer of Seventeen 26 September 2014
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
5 fangs

Reviewed for paranormal romance and authors that rock.

This book should be aimed at the teen market, and is a standalone book.

It is well written and will keep you hooked from the start to the finish.
It will make you laugh and cry. It is hard hitting but overall a brilliant read. The characters are well thought out and you will feel a lot of emotions with the way it's written.

Nicky is looking forward to summer holidays but when his mother dies from cancer, his life is changed forever. He is living with his sister Julie and life is hard at best. Things get so bad they need to rent out his mother's old room, the get Marcus as a lodger.

Nicky's girlfriend, Yansi's parents don't like him. So he can only see her at certain times. He absolutely adores her. His best friend Sean, likes to party hard with drugs and alcohol. Nicky manages to get a part time job with Yansi's dad doing yard work all day.

After going to a party with Sean, Nicky's life is changed yet again as he is caught with another girl and Yansi finds out and dumps him. Sean takes something that lands him in the hospital. Nickey gets fired for taking his friend to the hospital.

Will Julie believe him or will he get kicked out for not contributing to the rent. Will his life ever get better again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb2af9444) out of 5 stars Bravo to the Summer of Seventeen! 24 September 2014
By nancy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I LOVED the book! it was an easy read. I couldn't wait to get at it! the characters were by themselves, strong, each one with their own purpose. Anything Jane writes is GOLD, but I enjoyed the story line immensely and the googly way teens act and of course their own "erotic" love, and experimentation. This kid has to go through some serious stuff for a 17 year old and he is entitled to all the feelings he has and how he comes out of all of it. Bravo Jane!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3302f30) out of 5 stars Another great book from Jane! 22 September 2014
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review. I love the books I have read so far by Jane and this one is no different. It is a different story to what I have read from Jane so far, but different in a very good way!
It is a coming of age story, Nick is only 17, has lost his mum to cancer and now lives with his sister, who in her own way is trying to look out for him, bring him up but their relationship is quite 'rocky' as brother/sister relationships can be.
Nick loves to surf, he dabbles in drink and drugs a bit too and is basically a 'normal' 17 year old that doesn't really know what he wants to do, as well as suffering the loss of his mum and not knowing who his dad is.
Him and his best friend Sean surf and 'hang out' as much as possible. Although you can feel the unhappiness in Sean from alot of what he says and how he acts.
Nick has a girlfriend Yansi too, but because her parents, especially her Dad, are very tough and protective of her their relationship is not always easy either.
This story shows Nick coming of age, all the things he has to face, no matter how difficult, he copes with it all.
Towards the end it is very sad, I kind of saw it coming but it still had me welling up, again Jane has made me cry! Which to me shows how totally into the story I am and how great the writing is!
One quote towards the end after everything that Nick went through, I really felt and just loved it...
'Give me a lifetime of feeling this. Give me now and then and soon and when, and give me a future, give me life, give me hope.'
I love Jane's writing, loved this book and highly recommend it!!

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