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For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han, Beyond the Break is a funny and gorgeous debut about a girl experiencing her first love. Well, second, if you count her faith… and that’s where things may get complicated. Seventeen-year-old Lovette has two rules in life. One: no surfing. Not after her brother’s accident. Two: absolutely, no dating. And going into her junior year of h For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han, Beyond the Break is a funny and gorgeous debut about a girl experiencing her first love. Well, second, if you count her faith… and that’s where things may get complicated. Seventeen-year-old Lovette has two rules in life. One: no surfing. Not after her brother’s accident. Two: absolutely, no dating. And going into her junior year of high school, she’s pretty happy with that arrangement. She has friends, her church youth group, and God to fall back on when things get dicey. But after Jake Evans walks into her life, following these two simple rules gets a lot more complicated. Jake is the boy from Lovette’s childhood who grew up. Handsome and sweet, he unlocks the part of Lovette that wants nothing more than to surf the waves again. And as their relationship grows, she begins to question what it means to be faithful: to her family, to God, but mostly, to herself. Told with humor and heart, Heather Buchta delivers a sparkling debut that asks the question: Can you fall in love, be a teenager, and also be a good Christian?


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For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han, Beyond the Break is a funny and gorgeous debut about a girl experiencing her first love. Well, second, if you count her faith… and that’s where things may get complicated. Seventeen-year-old Lovette has two rules in life. One: no surfing. Not after her brother’s accident. Two: absolutely, no dating. And going into her junior year of h For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han, Beyond the Break is a funny and gorgeous debut about a girl experiencing her first love. Well, second, if you count her faith… and that’s where things may get complicated. Seventeen-year-old Lovette has two rules in life. One: no surfing. Not after her brother’s accident. Two: absolutely, no dating. And going into her junior year of high school, she’s pretty happy with that arrangement. She has friends, her church youth group, and God to fall back on when things get dicey. But after Jake Evans walks into her life, following these two simple rules gets a lot more complicated. Jake is the boy from Lovette’s childhood who grew up. Handsome and sweet, he unlocks the part of Lovette that wants nothing more than to surf the waves again. And as their relationship grows, she begins to question what it means to be faithful: to her family, to God, but mostly, to herself. Told with humor and heart, Heather Buchta delivers a sparkling debut that asks the question: Can you fall in love, be a teenager, and also be a good Christian?

30 review for Beyond the Break

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you Penguin Teen and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. “The windows are down, the ocean air tangling my hair, music blasting, and I’m sitting next to Jake Evans, who keeps smiling at me with that dimple that makes the world better.” Our main character Lovette is not only relatable, but she brought me back to when I was in high school and the ups and down. Lovette signed a purity pledge when she was 12, she had decided she was not even going to kiss a boy until her weddi Thank you Penguin Teen and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. “The windows are down, the ocean air tangling my hair, music blasting, and I’m sitting next to Jake Evans, who keeps smiling at me with that dimple that makes the world better.” Our main character Lovette is not only relatable, but she brought me back to when I was in high school and the ups and down. Lovette signed a purity pledge when she was 12, she had decided she was not even going to kiss a boy until her wedding day. Now that she is a teenager and a childhood friend is back in her life, she is second guessing a lot in her life. One of those things is dating a boy, becoming friends with Jake Evans is bringing up a lot of feelings. I loved how this was about her faith and was very realistic. She would talk to God like He was right there, she questioned God, she got angry at God, but she knew He was in control and loved her unconditionally. Even when she made mistakes, she knew God was on her side. The author wove Christianity throughout this book, without it overpowering the whole book. Another thing I loved was how cheesy and cringy this book was, I am serious this takes you back to your high school days if you are no longer a teenager. If you are in high school, I think you will be able to relate. Lovette and her friends had me laughing, but also cheering on their friendship. The friendship’s that take place in this book were fabulous and the characters were very developed. I want a group of friends like Lovette has. While this was quite cheesy especially with the romance department it was really cute. I loved the slow burn romance and really just how adorable it was. I really enjoyed the family aspect and seeing the main characters struggle with her parents and brother, but the love she had for them as well. I can totally relate to not wanting to disappoint your family, but you want to do what you love. The only thing that irked me just a little was the fast ending. I wanted a longer ending with not such an open ending. Not saying some things weren’t wrapped up, but it felt fast and could have been slowed down. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book, it was a really fast read. I wanted to stay in this world because it was just really charming and made me happy. Beyond the Break was a wonderful coming of age story that had family, faith, romance, and friendships.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Louise Nice Beyond the Break is a heartfelt coming-of-age story, that centers around faith, school, and surfing. This book is perfect for those who are interested in young adult contemporary that is a little cheesy, but also explores faith, highschool, and surfing in a lighthearted, fluffy manner that just feels good to read! I’d also recommend it to those who want something like Jenny Han’s books, but a little more sportier. Read the FULL REVIEW o Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Louise Nice Beyond the Break is a heartfelt coming-of-age story, that centers around faith, school, and surfing. This book is perfect for those who are interested in young adult contemporary that is a little cheesy, but also explores faith, highschool, and surfing in a lighthearted, fluffy manner that just feels good to read! I’d also recommend it to those who want something like Jenny Han’s books, but a little more sportier. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna Warde

    I was able to get my hands on an advance copy of this book and I’m so glad I did. I am not actually a youth. But this book was able to completely transport me back to those awkward, emotional, fun years, without being too cringy or dramatic. I love the voice of the main character and her quirky friends. The author was so descriptive about surfing I almost feel like I could surf now....almost. As a Christian I appreciated how REAL the author describes Lovett’s faith. She talks to God and question I was able to get my hands on an advance copy of this book and I’m so glad I did. I am not actually a youth. But this book was able to completely transport me back to those awkward, emotional, fun years, without being too cringy or dramatic. I love the voice of the main character and her quirky friends. The author was so descriptive about surfing I almost feel like I could surf now....almost. As a Christian I appreciated how REAL the author describes Lovett’s faith. She talks to God and questions him, thanks Him and gets angry with Him. Like reality. I have a ton of favorite moments in this book. Lots of funny scenes and sincere heartfelt conversations that honestly left me wanting more. If they decide to do a sequel, I’m in!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Josie Milewski

    I was given an advanced copy of the book and absolutely loved it! The main character is so likeable and relatable. I loved how Christianity was woven throughout the book without being awkward or preach-y. Lovette clearly has a strong faith. Being a Christian young adult as well, I really appreciated how realistic her thoughts and experiences were. The first chapter had me laughing right away and I wasn't able to put the book down. I spent the rest of my afternoon reading! All the characters were I was given an advanced copy of the book and absolutely loved it! The main character is so likeable and relatable. I loved how Christianity was woven throughout the book without being awkward or preach-y. Lovette clearly has a strong faith. Being a Christian young adult as well, I really appreciated how realistic her thoughts and experiences were. The first chapter had me laughing right away and I wasn't able to put the book down. I spent the rest of my afternoon reading! All the characters were so well thought-out and I loved the storyline between Jake and Lovette. I highly recommend the book! I loved it as much at 21 as I am sure I would've as a teenager.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Downie

    Heather Buchta's ability as a writer is undeniable, and I'm lucky to have received an advance copy of her debut novel, Beyond the Break. Through the voice and eyes of main character, Lovette, Ms. Buchta captures the angst and moral dilemmas of the high school experience in a meaningful way─especially family and friendship drama and falling in love for the first time. Though these struggles are not unique, the artful prose makes Lovette's story uniquely her own as we learn how her passion for sur Heather Buchta's ability as a writer is undeniable, and I'm lucky to have received an advance copy of her debut novel, Beyond the Break. Through the voice and eyes of main character, Lovette, Ms. Buchta captures the angst and moral dilemmas of the high school experience in a meaningful way─especially family and friendship drama and falling in love for the first time. Though these struggles are not unique, the artful prose makes Lovette's story uniquely her own as we learn how her passion for surfing is also a metaphor for her life. As a reader you're rooting for her as she tries to do what's right for her, within the faith she loves and respects.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samiyah13

    I really want to read this book. I read the summary, and it sounds amazing!!!!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Can't wait to get my hands on this touching story, written by such an upcoming talent.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffanie Cade

    My 14 yr old daughter loved this book. She would read for a while then come to me and tell me all about it. I feel like I read it too! I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book from Heather Buchta.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tim Burke

    I love this book. Why? First, it's the kind of book you want to buy several copies of so you can lend them out to the people you care about; they need to read it and think about the ideas it explores. There's so much going on in this novel on so many levels—it's fun, funny, satiric at times, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching. If you're a parent, you want to read this WITH your teenage daughter or son. Tons to think about and discuss, parents! Yes, the main character is a girl, but this story I love this book. Why? First, it's the kind of book you want to buy several copies of so you can lend them out to the people you care about; they need to read it and think about the ideas it explores. There's so much going on in this novel on so many levels—it's fun, funny, satiric at times, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching. If you're a parent, you want to read this WITH your teenage daughter or son. Tons to think about and discuss, parents! Yes, the main character is a girl, but this story is as much for boys as it is for girls. Since it is a Young Adult novel, the main character wrestles with sex and sexual attraction and losing her virginity and the rightness or wrongness of all she feels. And if you have a teenage son or daughter, good luck skirting that topic. Teens think about it before they remember to suck air into their lungs, before they place right foot in front of left, before they check to see if there's a piece of spinach in their teeth. And Buchta captures that marvelous, special, wondrous feeling of having an undeniable attraction for another. I'm officially in geezer territory, yet she somehow managed to remind me of that time and that feeling. She's an extraordinarily adept writer. I've never surfed in my life, and yet after reading this friggin novel, I want to surf. How does she manage to do that? She captures a nighttime scene when the main character and her crush are out on the water with surfboards that have LED's. It's a magical, poetical scene, and I'm there thanks to her writing. While Buchta manages to raise thought-provoking issues, Buchta handles the whole subject of faith masterfully. The main character is committed in her faith as a Christian, sure, but Buchta lampoons other characters who wear their Christianity as a badge; they talk the talk but don't really walk the walk. She makes her point with a light touch and never comes across as mocking genuine faith. I love this complexity. The main character never takes herself too seriously, and there are a lot of very funny moments when the main character makes fun of herself. The novel plays with common themes. While the teen usually scoffs at religion or faith or going to church and the parents are the earnest characters striving to make the teen see the value in the church life, BEYOND THE BREAK turns this on its head. The teen is the devout one and the parents don't "get it." Buchta also threads irony beautifully into the novel. The parents think they understand what she is really going through, but they don't, and the things they say are at times amusing and heart-breaking. Finally, this novel is just darn fun and funny. It's not heavy or preachy or depressing. I can't recommend this novel enough! And I can't wait for the second novel from this incredibly talented writer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Porter

    Three words to describe this book: Christian, cutesy, and conventional. Lovette (what a name) is banned from swimming and surfing in the ocean after her brother's near-fatal surfing accident. She also loves God a lot and signed a purity pledge when she was twelve, saying she doesn't want to kiss anyone until the preacher says, "You may now kiss the bride." But then hunky Jake Evans walks into her life, and she knows she's toast. First of all, you have to be really Christian to enjoy this book. T Three words to describe this book: Christian, cutesy, and conventional. Lovette (what a name) is banned from swimming and surfing in the ocean after her brother's near-fatal surfing accident. She also loves God a lot and signed a purity pledge when she was twelve, saying she doesn't want to kiss anyone until the preacher says, "You may now kiss the bride." But then hunky Jake Evans walks into her life, and she knows she's toast. First of all, you have to be really Christian to enjoy this book. There's lots of religious theology, lots of quoted scripture, and lots of "if you have sex before you're married, you're damned" talk. For me, it was too much. Too didactic. A little too problematic, especially with views about sex and kissing. (I don't care what people's views are on this, religious or not, but it drove me crazy that Lovette judged others for their actions.) In general, Lovette just felt like a judgy, Christian teenager who thought she was better than everyone else because she's good at surfing and has a great relationship with God. There were also other small things I didn't like. The first chapter is horrible and has really nothing to do with the entire book. There's also a scene in the book that's a carbon copy of a scene in the book/movie A Walk to Remember (which is also Christian, so I'm pretty darn sure the author "borrowed" the scene). Also, Lovette makes a huge deal about how she hates lying in the first couple chapters, but proceeds to do it throughout the whole book without a second thought. And the plot just moves really slowly. This book just wasn't for me. Writing Aesthetic/Style: 3 Plot/Movement: 2 Character Development: 2 Overall: 2 Thank you Penguin Workshop and NetGalley for the review copy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    *Thanks to the publisher providing me with an ARC to review Beyond the Break was an incredible story about first love, faith, and family expectations. I had a great time reading this book and really related to the main character in particular. She was so relatable and had a excellent way of telling the story. I thought the Christianity element was woven in so well. Those with or without the faith can read and relate to this book in some way. Lovette’s faith was a major element in the story but th *Thanks to the publisher providing me with an ARC to review Beyond the Break was an incredible story about first love, faith, and family expectations. I had a great time reading this book and really related to the main character in particular. She was so relatable and had a excellent way of telling the story. I thought the Christianity element was woven in so well. Those with or without the faith can read and relate to this book in some way. Lovette’s faith was a major element in the story but the book or author didn’t push the reader into the religion and wasn’t too forceful with it. This book also took on first love, which was done so well. The relationship built between Jake and Lovette was realistic and honestly so much fun to read. I loved the family dynamic as well. Lovette really struggled with some decisions because of her parents, and the author did a great job with this. I also loved the surfing element! It was lots of fun and such an interesting sport to read about, as it isn’t shown in books much. I would totally recommend this book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lyra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I discovered this book through and ad on my Instagram and was happy that there was a modern book with a Christian protagonist. This book was so real and relatable. I often found myself laughing or gasping at things in the book, and I could relate to Lovette’s youth group activities, because they’re similar to mine, and also feeling like you’re putting other things befor God, because that’s something that every Christian strugglers with. She sometimes questioned what God was doing in her life, bu I discovered this book through and ad on my Instagram and was happy that there was a modern book with a Christian protagonist. This book was so real and relatable. I often found myself laughing or gasping at things in the book, and I could relate to Lovette’s youth group activities, because they’re similar to mine, and also feeling like you’re putting other things befor God, because that’s something that every Christian strugglers with. She sometimes questioned what God was doing in her life, but she ultimately went back to Him and trusted that He had a plan. What prevents this book from being five stars, however, is how easily Lovette breaks her promise of not kissing until marriage. She goes from nothing to full on make-out sessions that almost lead to more. It also frustrates me that it took her so long to tell her parents about surfing again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    I was completely transported back to my own high school days as I read an advanced copy of Heather’s book - the story takes place in modern day SoCal, not the 80’s like when I was in high school (man I’m old!), but because this story so vividly captures themes that make going through those teenage years feel so huge and important and awkward and real, I connected to the characters and had fun reading this book. The theme of Christian Faith is strong in the story which I think is captured quite w I was completely transported back to my own high school days as I read an advanced copy of Heather’s book - the story takes place in modern day SoCal, not the 80’s like when I was in high school (man I’m old!), but because this story so vividly captures themes that make going through those teenage years feel so huge and important and awkward and real, I connected to the characters and had fun reading this book. The theme of Christian Faith is strong in the story which I think is captured quite well in that it is the main character’s personal passion, and that’s lovely to have a topic like faith and belief explained from a teenager’s point of view.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zoe and MB

    I thought that this was a really good book! It was interesting to learn about how people who are more religious than me think, along with a cute summer romance. I would recommend this to people who are religious, because while it is a great book, if you don’t share some of these beliefs or an understanding of religion, you might not enjoy this book. This was such a cute story, with a great summer surfing romance!

  15. 5 out of 5

    McKenzi

    I throughly enjoyed the message portrayed in this story. Lovette was such a thought out character who showed development throughout the whole book. I loved her belief in her faith and it certainly threw me back to my own youth group days. I enjoyed how accepting Jake was and how encouraging he was.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks

    I’ll start by saying that I like the idea of this book: a high school girl who is set in her ways, knows her priorities, and is choosing not to date, but rather enhance her relationship with God until she’s older. But as a kid that grew up in a Christian household and led a fairly sheltered life, I still couldn’t relate to Lovette. She seemed too naive to me, even at her young high school age. Saying “I’m not dating because of Jesus” isn’t a phrase I would have said or heard at her age. That bei I’ll start by saying that I like the idea of this book: a high school girl who is set in her ways, knows her priorities, and is choosing not to date, but rather enhance her relationship with God until she’s older. But as a kid that grew up in a Christian household and led a fairly sheltered life, I still couldn’t relate to Lovette. She seemed too naive to me, even at her young high school age. Saying “I’m not dating because of Jesus” isn’t a phrase I would have said or heard at her age. That being said, the more I read and the more I saw her and Jake’s relationship bloom, the more I understood. I liked learning about the motivation behind her decision, even when she didn’t have much encouragement from her family. I did think the dialogue between Lovette and her friends and family was a little cheesy at times, especially with Kelly and her parents, which again made it difficult to relate. I was also frustrated with Lovette thinking she had the right to be mad at Jake for still talking to his ex when she very clearly told him she did not want to date anyone, including him. She didn’t have the right to do that, and it frustrated me. But Jake was a delight! I loved that he called Lovette out when she was frustrated and wanted to quit surfing and encouraged her to keep going. I really enjoyed the Old Man Mike character as well. Overall, I struggled to relate to the characters in this book, but the message was very encouraging.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Francesca Rusackas

    Can't wait to own my own copy of Beyond the Break., it's a story with heart. Heather Buchta delivers a must read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scott Manson

    I love this book... and I love Lovette.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Lovette looks to God for guidance. She signed a purity pledge when she was 12, has her love life mapped out where she’ll share her sacred first kiss with her husband on her wedding day. But, as a high school junior, Jake re-enters her life. After moving back from Hawaii, he’s in the same church youth group, is a senior at her school, and unexpectedly becomes her first boyfriend... her first kiss... and the person who gets her back in her surfing groove. Lovette wrestles with what God would want, Lovette looks to God for guidance. She signed a purity pledge when she was 12, has her love life mapped out where she’ll share her sacred first kiss with her husband on her wedding day. But, as a high school junior, Jake re-enters her life. After moving back from Hawaii, he’s in the same church youth group, is a senior at her school, and unexpectedly becomes her first boyfriend... her first kiss... and the person who gets her back in her surfing groove. Lovette wrestles with what God would want, and are things changing for the better? This was definitely more of a Disney YA than a Freeform YA, and although there were a lot of God and Jesus references, I didn’t mind them. Lovette’s journey—all the internal spiritual and emotional struggles, how passion played a heavy role, and the friendships she had—made her such a perfectly imperfect character. There were a bunch of hilarious moments, like how she thought “Netflix and chill” meant literally that. And, I loved the final chapters the most. Overall, I enjoyed it; the religious aspect weighed in on the coming of age, and Jake was a great supporting romantic interest to that. Thank you Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth Tanner

    Relationships are hard. Doing the right thing is not always easy. Being in a relationship for the first time is scarey and exciting all at the same time. On top of it all, what if the choices you are making are disappointing God?! Beyond the Break is a wonderful example of a teenage girl in today's world trying to navigate the modern world while still staying true to her beliefs and her Heavenly Father. This beautifully written novel serves to remind girls that they are not alone in their faith j Relationships are hard. Doing the right thing is not always easy. Being in a relationship for the first time is scarey and exciting all at the same time. On top of it all, what if the choices you are making are disappointing God?! Beyond the Break is a wonderful example of a teenage girl in today's world trying to navigate the modern world while still staying true to her beliefs and her Heavenly Father. This beautifully written novel serves to remind girls that they are not alone in their faith journey and that no matter what happens in their life, they will always have Someone to turn to. If you are looking for a novel to increase your belief that God will always be by your side and that it's okay to be confused because He loves you anyway, I think this would be a wonderful novel for you to read. Even if you are not a teenager anymore. Maybe even especially if you're not. You might even find yourself wishing this book was around when you were Lovette's age so you could learn the lessons she did just a little bit sooner.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Modern Miss Granger

    Surfing, beaches, boys, and all of the funny and hard things that come with growing up. This story had it all. I was up till 1 a.m. trying to finish this book. Here’s what I liked: Lovette was trying to figure out her faith. It was messy and not perfect. Sometimes Christians are categorized as having it all figured out. That’s not true. I appreciate that the author showed the struggles as well as the victories. I also loved Jake. He was the gentleman we all want to love. Lovette struggles through Surfing, beaches, boys, and all of the funny and hard things that come with growing up. This story had it all. I was up till 1 a.m. trying to finish this book. Here’s what I liked: Lovette was trying to figure out her faith. It was messy and not perfect. Sometimes Christians are categorized as having it all figured out. That’s not true. I appreciate that the author showed the struggles as well as the victories. I also loved Jake. He was the gentleman we all want to love. Lovette struggles through the whole book with dating and what that should look like being a Christian. I think that was an important struggle for her to go through and I loved how it was done. Here’s what I didn’t like: The ending wasn’t my favorite. I see why it ended the way it did, but I would have liked more closure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fierymermaidbooks

    What an amazing book😍 I really loved this one! This story focuses on Lovette, a strong Christian teenager who secretly loves the oceans even though she is banned from it. Lovette has sworn off romance until marriage, but what happens when Jake appears and suddenly she finds herself wanting to be his girlfriend? I absolutely love the internal struggle that Lovette faces in deciding what is right and wrong for her and her faith. I love how the author makes you feel like you are back in high school What an amazing book😍 I really loved this one! This story focuses on Lovette, a strong Christian teenager who secretly loves the oceans even though she is banned from it. Lovette has sworn off romance until marriage, but what happens when Jake appears and suddenly she finds herself wanting to be his girlfriend? I absolutely love the internal struggle that Lovette faces in deciding what is right and wrong for her and her faith. I love how the author makes you feel like you are back in high school, and dealing with all kinds of situations like bullies and deciding on colleges. I also adore Jake, the author wrote him perfectly. He is definitely a swoon-worthy male lead! I haven’t read many books that incorporate religion in them, but I really enjoyed this! If you are looking for an incredible contemporary read to binge, then this is the book for you💖

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Addictive! I couldn’t put this book down. Heather Buchta weaves together an honest, heartfelt story about a teenager, Lovette, grappling with her love of God, her swoon-worthy first crush, her love of the ocean and surfing, and a terrible accident that has created intolerable boundaries within Lovette’s life. Add to this a cast of characters who are instantly relatable and ocean and surfing descriptions that are downright mesmerizing, and you’ve got Beyond the Break. I hope there’s a second book Addictive! I couldn’t put this book down. Heather Buchta weaves together an honest, heartfelt story about a teenager, Lovette, grappling with her love of God, her swoon-worthy first crush, her love of the ocean and surfing, and a terrible accident that has created intolerable boundaries within Lovette’s life. Add to this a cast of characters who are instantly relatable and ocean and surfing descriptions that are downright mesmerizing, and you’ve got Beyond the Break. I hope there’s a second book in the works…

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received this in a goodreads giveaway for an honest review. Let me start out by saying I’m not the target audience for this book. It’s a YA story about a girl who is a Christian & is starting to like a boy for the first time. And it was just a little too sweet for me. I’m a Christian myself & I could relate to some things the main character thought or said at that age but not all. I think that this could be a great book for some younger audiences but I personally didn’t connect with it like I I received this in a goodreads giveaway for an honest review. Let me start out by saying I’m not the target audience for this book. It’s a YA story about a girl who is a Christian & is starting to like a boy for the first time. And it was just a little too sweet for me. I’m a Christian myself & I could relate to some things the main character thought or said at that age but not all. I think that this could be a great book for some younger audiences but I personally didn’t connect with it like I wanted to.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Not sure why it took me so long to finish this book. But what a great ending. Inspirational and sweet young love. A great religious based book for young adults. Especially those seeking a greater understanding into God and Jesus and how your belief comes into play when seeking out a partner in life. You can still follow the bible and play by the rules. Becoming a better person and learning how to treat others. Jesus's teachings have some powerful meaning and this book brings that out in this swe Not sure why it took me so long to finish this book. But what a great ending. Inspirational and sweet young love. A great religious based book for young adults. Especially those seeking a greater understanding into God and Jesus and how your belief comes into play when seeking out a partner in life. You can still follow the bible and play by the rules. Becoming a better person and learning how to treat others. Jesus's teachings have some powerful meaning and this book brings that out in this sweet determined young lady.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pirouettes.And.Pages

    Such a sweet contemporary read! This coming of age teen story was so fun to read, especially as a teenager myself. The main character struggled with her religion, boys, and dealing with her parents. It was a total case of character versus self throughout the whole book and it was lovely. Contemporary has never been my type of book but this one I really did enjoy. The writing was a bit weak in spots but none the less, I could picture every detail perfectly. The main character goes through characte Such a sweet contemporary read! This coming of age teen story was so fun to read, especially as a teenager myself. The main character struggled with her religion, boys, and dealing with her parents. It was a total case of character versus self throughout the whole book and it was lovely. Contemporary has never been my type of book but this one I really did enjoy. The writing was a bit weak in spots but none the less, I could picture every detail perfectly. The main character goes through character versus self conflict the entire book while battling mean girls, romance, and her religion. It was a wonderful contemporary read, perfect for lovers of coming of age teen romance and contemporary fans.

  27. 5 out of 5

    P.G Guacamole

    I’ve never read any books about Christianity because I’m not Christian so I’ve never thought about reading about it. However, I just finished reading Beyond the Break by Heather Buchta and dang, was it good! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about the struggles a teen might face when it comes to facing her religion, her parents, and how the solution can rattle us but we need to have the courage to do so.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elisa (The Overflowing Bookshelf)

    In Heather Buchta’s debut novel, Beyond the Break, one girl grapples being a modern teenager with her faith. This young adult contemporary deals with the tough questions like what it means to fall in love and how to be a good Christian while doing so. Fans of YA will definitely enjoy reading Lovette’s story; however, I don't think that this book is for everyone. There is a lot of talk of Jesus, Christianity, and what it means to be a person of faith. All of this can be tough to talk about, yet I In Heather Buchta’s debut novel, Beyond the Break, one girl grapples being a modern teenager with her faith. This young adult contemporary deals with the tough questions like what it means to fall in love and how to be a good Christian while doing so. Fans of YA will definitely enjoy reading Lovette’s story; however, I don't think that this book is for everyone. There is a lot of talk of Jesus, Christianity, and what it means to be a person of faith. All of this can be tough to talk about, yet I think Buchta does an excellent job of trying to make the story relatable to a 2020 audience. The beginning can seem a bit too preach-y, but I think it just reflects how naive and strict in her beliefs Lovette is at that point in the novel. Throughout the story, she slowly learns that not everything is black and white and she learns to mesh her faith and her desires to create a new lifestyle and way of thinking. The way Lovette struggles with her faith while trying to navigate her relationship with Jake is relatable to anyone who is taught to believe one thing, yet sees a majority of others do the opposite. However, the way the two try to communicate with one another and express their feelings makes you root for Jake and Lovette. As a reader, you want to see them overcome their past struggles, find comfort in one another, and become better people in the process. Dealing with issues like peer pressure and self reflection, this novel is a great YA book to add to your summer reading list. If you’re not comfortable with discussions about Christianity and faith, then you might want to pass on this book; however, I found that Buchta did a great job of showcasing the struggles that certain teens of faith deal with in modern society.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    3.5 - I was a bit iffy about this book during the first half. I felt like relationships were established very quickly. The second half was incredible. What a book! God is so present in these pages. It's uplifting and encouraging to read a book for young adults that has good in the center.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    A cute and sweet YA book...Christian books are not usually on my shelf but I got this in a giveaway and was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of Christian faith included in the story but it was still a sweet story that, while being slightly predictable, entertained.

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