Robin Jones Gunn actually just released audiobooks for the first three Christy Miller: High School Years and I excitedly checked the first one out on our e-library app.
|The Audiobook Cover.|
The narrator was perfect for Summer Promise. She had the same voice I would imagine Christy having, so I thoroughly enjoyed it on that note!
Surprisingly enough, I got a lot more out of it then when I read it! I reread it in February and now as I listen to it, I feel like I missed so many parts! When I first read the Christy Miller Collection One, Christy seemed a bit whiny and annoying, but she grew up a lot going into the series.
The book starts off with Christy in California, where she's staying with her Aunt and Uncle. I love the setting! It's a really unique story!
Summer Promise [ and the rest of the High School years ] deals with some hard topic's such as drugs, when Christy is invited to a party without knowing it wasn't her typical kind of party and encounters several people doing drugs and she is horrified and leaves the party.
Later, the same night of the party, Todd's friend Shawn is out of it and ends up crashing into the jetty and killing himself. Christy's friend, Alissa also has a baby out of wedlock which sounds terrible, but Alissa turns her life totally around later in the series and it's actually used for good to direct Alissa to God.
Tracey was also such a sweet awesome character that I LOVED and she easily became a favorite character!
There are many lessons in this book, about making wise choices that are honorable and smart. Throughout the book Christy learns many things about the world and life and I liked how it taught Christy many lesson's I don't usually see in book these days!
This was a Christian Fiction book published by Bethany House, and I felt it was one of their best ones that had a good inspiring message that I often don't see in their books anymore!
One of my favorite parts was when, Christy and Todd go to Disney Land for her birthday, I thought it was just a fun part of the book. I also liked that Christy wasn't perfect and lost her temper and had haughty or rude thoughts but later correct herself.
One thing I didn't like was that Todd basically had a halo hanging over his head, he seemed PERFECT with a Capital P. Buttttt keep reading in the series y'all bc sometime he acts like a total idiot and grates on your nerves! I also wasn't sure what to think of all the negative content, but I liked that Robin Jones Gunn encountered the world and didn't shield the characters from it and make them have perfect lives.
Summer Promise Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Anyways, in a few weeks, I'm going to read the next two books, A Whisper and A Wish and Yours Forever. Sorry for such a long rambly review, I feel like my thoughts were really scattered with this one!