Author: Michelle Dalton
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
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.