Review: Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparling

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Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparling

Bayleigh is addicted to her cell phone and her mom has had enough. After catching her sending a less than lady-like photo to a boy who barely knows her, Bayleigh’s mom sends her away to her grandparent’s house for the summer–sans cell phone, laptop and Ipod. Bayleigh thinks the summer will be torture without social media…that is until she meets the boy next door.


Title: Summer Unplugged
Author: Amy Sparling
Publication date: December 18, 2013

Bayleigh is a spoiled brat at the beginning of the book. She’s very difficult to like. After grounding her all summer doesn’t stop Bayleigh, her mom decides to send her away to Salt Gap, Texas, to stay with her grandparents. The grandparents are pretty cold people — and pretty boring people as well. There’s nothing to do in Salt Gap: no internet, no cable TV, no cell phone, no friends. Worst summer ever!

Anyone reading this review would probably just read a lot, but Bayleigh doesn’t really seem the type.

I did sympathize with her during her boredom. Punishment or not, it doesn’t seem fair to send anyone to stay with people she barely knows who don’t do anything except sit around the house and not give her anything to do. They didn’t seem any more interested in spending time with Bayleigh than she was with them.

So it’s really no surprise that when she sees the boy next door, she immediately wants to meet him. Jace is much better all around than Ian, Bayleigh’s “boyfriend” (he won’t call her his girlfriend) back home, but there’s really nothing about him that stands out to me. He also seems to be hiding something from Bayleigh. I did really enjoy their date to a carnival. It made me want to go to one. Unfortunately, it’s February and it’s months until a carnival or fair will come to town.

Bayleigh becomes easier to like after she meets Jace, but it bothers me she doesn’t stop complaining until she starts hanging out with him. I wish she had found something to occupy her time and then met Jace. As it is, I feel like she’s the kind of girl who has to have a boyfriend and that there’s nothing else to her.

Summer Unplugged is a novella. There are nine more books in the series about Bayleigh and Jace’s relationship, a spinoff series about Bayleigh’s best friend, and a second spinoff series to come. I’m not sure this world can hold my interest for that many books but I’m probably going to read at least the next couple of books.

3 stars