My Bittersweet Summer

Narrated by: Lori Prince
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Margaret Walsh worked for six years to overcome the trauma she endured at the hands of bullies as a kid, and graduation promises the chance to start over in college and leave the past behind her for good.

What was supposed to be her last summer of fun before moving to Paris turns into a nightmare as her parents announce they're taking over management of a restaurant in the New England beach town where she spent her childhood. For them, it's an amazing possibility. For her, it means confronting memories - and people - she'd rather forget.

Margie's all grown up now, but some things never change. When Zach Robinson insists he's not the bully she remembers, it's all she can do not to laugh. Still, if she's learned anything over years, it's that everyone deserves an opportunity to be better.

Even lost causes need second chances, but with her heart on the line, asking her to bet on a long shot might take more faith than she's willing to give.

©2015 Starla Angelica Huchton (P)2017 Starla Huchton

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Bittersweet Romance

There was a pretty serious tone to how traumatic Margie’s childhood had been due to some serious bullying. It has taken her so long to get over the panic attacks and totally change the way she copes with her triggers. Coming back to her childhood home is the last place she wants to be, but circumstances take her there to face all her childhood tormentors head on.

Narration was fairly good and brought the story to life.

I enjoyed the ups and downs and how everything came together for a sweet HEA conclusion with a few twists. This is a pretty intense story and kept me hooked from the beginning. This is a pretty clean story that can be enjoyed by either teens or adults.

The story was from Margie’s POV so it was hard to figure out what Zach’s motives and intentions were until towards the end. But everything wrapped up nicely at the end.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Great YA Story

I'm not a young adult anymore, but I love listening to well written YA books. The author does an amazing job giving us a super cute story while incorporating a lesson of the importance of forgiveness. Very much enjoyed this listen as an adult and am pleased with the story. Great narration!

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second chances

Margie was bullied as a child by a bunch of rich kids that lived on the island. She was bullied so badly, that her parents moved away and got her some help. Then her parents tell her that they have sold their house and are moving back to the island to help open a restaurant and they need her to come and help for the summer before she goes to Paris for college. She is not happy and her anxiety starts coming back. One of the boys that was part of the group, Nick, his parents are who her family will be working for. he suffered a death of a friend the previous summer and it changes his outlook on everything, including who his supposed friends are. nick tries to make amends with margie, but she is so traumatized still, that she doesn't want to hear anything that he has to say. over the course of the summer, they start to build a possible friendship. nick eventually tells margie that he has loved her since he was six. will she forgive him and allow them to have their hea after all? such a good book on redemption, forgiveness and second chances.

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That was one uncomfortable read...

Like hearing a violent crime in progress described in gory sickening detail. Only the crime is psychological abuse, rather than physical one. There is physical abuse, too, mostly in flashbacks, but it almost pales in comparison. This is one completely messed up, controlling and manipulative relationship that is presented as something romantic. The male lead is supposedly trying to change, but his behavioral mechanisms never do. The guy is in serious need of years and years of therapy to deal with the damage of his upbringing. Forcing his presence on the girl he once bullied into serious mental health issues is *not* the way to go about it. The way her supposedly supportive family and friends keep condoning what happens because his family is rich - I could not find any other possible reason for it - is absolutely revolting. Granted, the friends are just teenagers and not particularly bright ones either, but the adults should have known better, especially the parents who had to send the daughter to therapy for the past 6 yeas. One expects they were involved in some of those sessions, too, if the therapist was worth his salt. I desperately wanted the author to call out what was happening by the proper names - that is the only reason I finished this book, and would have been the only thing that could justify this book's existence, but it was too much to hope for. The ending is presented as the "happily ever after", but it's nothing short of horrifying: (Spoiler alert) the abuser upgrades the victim's international flight ticket to first class and joins her on her way to isolation from family and friends...

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Poor narrator

Narrator read slow and dragged our her words. Annoying to listen to and tapped out after about 5 minutes.

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Great story, something for teens and adults

I listened to this book, and having listened to Starla Hutchton's Evolution: Angel, I knew I was in for a ride! The narration done by Lori Prince kept me enticed while the story that was woven around me made me laugh, cry, and walk alongside the teen characters as their lives played out. It brought back memories of when I was a teenager, and I was able to reminisce myself. I was very pleased with the ending, as it was similar (and better) than what I had hoped would happen. Will definitely be reading more of the author's work

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Life after bullies

Margie suffers from PTSD after experiencing an extreme amount of bullying when she was young. Now, 6 years later she returns to the town that was the scene of the crime, to help her parents with their new restaurant endeavor. Can she keep it together when facing the boys that tormented her?

My Bittersweet Summer really struck a chord with me. I thought the storyline was well written and the narrator did a fantastic job of conveying the emotions. Well done.

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What did you like about this audiobook?

Let me start off by saying I loved how she portrayed Margot’s character in this audiobook. I felt her inner struggles with her anxiety and trying to keep herself from cracking. Certain parts in the audio book I wanted to reach in and give Margot a hug and tell her it was going to be ok. The narrator really made me feel while I was listening to those scenes.


What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
My main issue was the narrator seem to use the same voice for all the young male characters. At times I couldn’t tell Zach and Carter apart and it did get a little confusing.

Do you have any additional comments?
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."


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Beauty and the Beast

This book struck a cord with me.

The main character Margie is returning to a place where she was traumatized as a child by bullies.

Margie dealt with years of therapy to deal with her PTSD

But due to a once in a life time opportunity and out of love for her parents she returns.

The book follows Margie and Zack through out the summer as they work on growing up and moving on from the past.

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good YA story. 3.5 stars

Poor Marg. this has been though a lot in her early age. And having to face the boys that have bulled her almost her whole again, is no easy task. She has to learn not to be so angry, to not let them ruin her life again. Thankfully she has good friends, a great family, and a killer job to help her get though all of this.
She has changed, But have they?

This is my 2nd book by Lori P. I really like her work. she has a perfect teenage voice, as well as others that she does. Great Job Lori!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.