Pulled Under by Michelle Dalton

Posted May 6, 2014 | 43 Comments

Pulled Under by Michelle DaltonPulled Under
Author: Michelle Dalton
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

A shy teen befriends an attractive beach town tourist in this refreshing summertime romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer and Seventeenth Summer.

In the small town of Pearl Beach, Florida, Izzy Lucas needs only her surfboard and the water to be completely happy. She wants nothing to do with parties, popularity contests, or showing her face around the clichéd touristy hangouts. Izzy’s tight group of coworkers at the local surf shop have tried relentlessly to break shy Izzy out of her (sea)shell. But Izzy isn’t interested…until the day Ben Barker walks into the store.

Ben’s from the city. He’s cute, charming, and wants her help adjusting to beach town culture. As the weeks of surfing lessons and pizza shack visits fly by, Izzy and Ben realize their attraction goes beyond mere friendship. But Ben is only in town for three months, and Izzy wonders if this amazing guy is worth stepping out of her comfort zone for what might be the perfect summer romance—or her first heartbreak.

Aww, sweet summer romance, how could I pass it up. I have to say, I’m impressed with Pulled Under. This is the type of book that could easily be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. It has a lot to offer if you want a nice summer read.

Izzy – The girl is such a delight! She’s a regular 16-year-old girl who is smart, funny and has a good head on her shoulders. She isn’t one of those characters that have heavy issues or full of angst. Izzy is on the shy side when it comes to having a lot of attention on her, but it was great to see her growth and come out of her shell more.

Romance – It was sweet and innocent. Ben is only staying in Pearl Beach for the summer, and then it’s back to Wisconsin. I really liked him; he’s sweet and a little silly. He was really supportive and encouraging of Izzy, pushing her to put herself out there a little more. There is the tiniest bit of drama, but it is done very well and something I would expect. It’s also a clean read with only a couple of kisses, which was actually really nice. And even though Izzy and Ben’s summer romance is the basis of the book, it doesn’t take over and become the only thing to focus on.

Girl Power – The friendships between Izzy, Sophie, and Nicole was a huge factor in this book and I loved how much they were there for each other. All three work at a surf shop that is operated by two sisters. The whole group, the vibe of the people and the shop was very positive. There’s no backstabbing between them, no lame drama, just girls supporting each other. A wonderful sisterhood I wish was found in more YA.

Family – Izzy’s family also plays a big role. I don’t usually mind the absent parents in YA because the stories aren’t necessarily about them, but Izzy’s parents were highlights of the book. Her dad is a total ham, and is probably my favorite character. Their relationship with Izzy, especially the dad’s, was so much fun and just all around great.

Surfing – Izzy and her friends are surfers. What I liked was it wasn’t just said, there was a lot of action to back it up and a really cool storyline involving the whole surfing aspect.

Overall, Pulled Under was a wonderful book that I enjoyed quite a bit. It’s definitely a recommended read from me.

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43 responses to “Pulled Under by Michelle Dalton

  1. That settles it then, this will be yet another book I need to add to my TBR pile. Would you stop making my hill into a mountain please? I don’t think my poor wallet can take anymore. 😛

    So glad you are finding and reading all these fantastic reads perfect for this time of year Christy!
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  2. Amir
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    Yay for no girly, backstabbing, bitchy drama. Nowadays I just don’t have the patience to read about queen bees and cliques anymore! I’m in a bit of a book slump right now so I think this might actually help me get out of it. Sometimes a clean, sweet romance is exactly what you need. Great review Christy! 🙂
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  3. Love the sound of this one Christy! It seems like the perfect summer vacation read, so I’m adding it to my list to take with me when I have some time off in a couple months. I adore those sweet romances that have just a few kisses and are full of adorableness:) Thanks for the recommendation!
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    • Christy
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      I actually thought of you when I read this and thought it would be something you’d like and could even recommend to the younger crowd.

  4. Strong female friendships in books are very important to me, so I’m glad you pointed that out, Christy. A great summer read sounds absolutely perfect right now. Thanks for the review!

  5. Aww! This sounds a lot like the book I just review when it comes to the innocence and the sweetness of the story. I get lost sometimes is this type of book. It’s a welcome change from all the naughty reads I normally do…lol. I’ll keep this mind.

    Thanks!

    • Christy
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      This was really good and … healthy. lol – that sounds funny, but the characters and relationships were just very well done.

    • Christy
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      lol – well, it is tame. But the storyline that involves the surfing and the relationship was a lot of fun. I would love to buy this for all the teen girls.

    • Christy
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      The whole surfing aspect was great, it’s obvious the author knows her stuff. I think the author got everything right when it comes to healthy characters and relationship, plus making it GOOD.

    • Christy
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      Yes, do it! This is one I’d HIGHLY recommend for that, especially this time of year. It’s a stand-alone, but I’m sure the other books by this author would be great too.

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