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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 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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Not Bad

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!


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  • LA VERGNE, TN, United States
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Highly Recommend

This was an excellent book all around. Not only were the characters shockingly realistic, their actions served themselves, not the plot, not anything else. They remained consistent in who they were throughout (with the exception of the gradual growth necessary to their arcs, of course. ) They grew realistically. Nothing felt forced, and I loved that

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Fantastic!!!!

Wow! This story was really fantastic! Great narration but also an incredible story with a strong female heroine who endured awful bullying as a child. This story was intense and actually had a few little twists I didn't see coming. I really enjoyed this audio!

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Great story

I loved the story. Being tortured and bullied by kids and then having to go back to that tells a lot about someones character. Margie has amazing strength and courage. I really enjoyed the whole story. Definitely recommend.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 10-02-17

Bittersweet love is the best!

I'm a sucker for a good love story and this one had it all - a misunderstood and beautiful heroine, a handsome bad boy on the mend, the beach, good food, great friends (and not-so-great friends,) and, well, rats.

The erstwhile lovers met when they were kids but life happened and they separated. I loved how the author brought about the reconciliation. It involved overcoming obstacles on both the young lovers parts but the inevitable HEA made it all worth it. (I would have loved a better epilogue though.)

The narration was good although there were a few times when the speaker was female but the narrator used her male persona. It didn't happen enough to be too distracting but it does bear mentioning.

All in all, a great listen.