Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: The Changing Season by Steven Manchester

The Changing Season
by Steven Manchester

Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left.

But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.

It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.

And it was before Vicki.

This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

Kritters Thoughts:  A recent high school graduate spends his summer finding out what is next for himself with his sweet dog by his side through it all.  A little romance, a little drama and a lot of questioning the future is the core of this story.

First let me say that I don't read a lot of YA, so having a main character right out of high school isn't my norm.  I did enjoy that Billy was dealing with all sorts of things, the romance, the friends and the future, but I wanted him to buck up a little earlier in the book!  I felt as though he spent a little too much time debating, contemplating and whining, instead I wanted him to make a decision and then read the consequences of that decision.

I have read all of Steven Manchester's books and for some reason this may be my least favorite.  I think I have to attribute most of my dislike as to the age of the character, so if you read more YA books and like to read the coming of age tale, then don't count this book out.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2016 Challenge: 8 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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