Sunday, October 11, 2015

Punishment Summer by Peggy Rothschild

Punishment Summer
by Peggy Rothschild

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: October 7, 2015
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Genre: YA Mystery | Thriller
Number of Pages: 194
Available from: Amazon
Sixteen-year-old Nicki is sent to stay at her grandfather’s cabin near the town of Punishment in the Mendocino Forest. As always, she hides her burn scars and keeps quiet about the mother who ran out on her. But soon after arriving, she begins to suspect Grandpa is also keeping secrets. Her exile brings an unexpected bright spot—Grandpa’s German shepherd, Queenie. The hunky neighbor boy’s another plus, though she quickly starts to doubt his honesty.

From secret pot farms to human trafficking, Nicki discovers nothing in the ‘Mendo’ is what it seems. When Grandpa takes off and the lives of new friends are endangered, Nicki must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect those she cares about. Before summer ends, Nicki will learn there are some choices she can’t undo.

It’s a good thing Grandpa taught her how to shoot.

Punishment Summer by Peggy Rothschild

PUNISHMENT SUMMERIt was only a little alcohol, a little weed, and so what if Nikki was trying to avoid her dad by sneaking back through her bedroom window, after all, it was only the second time she had done it, it was summer vacation, time for teens to cut loose, right? Instead of getting off scott free, Nikki found herself face to face with her very angry father one minute and on her way to spend the summer with the grandfather she didn’t know. The grandfather who lived in the middle of nowhere, had no electricity, no television and *gasp* no cellphone service. And carry out? Well, that meant shooting your own food and carrying it out of the woods. The summer that began as a battle of the wills between a cranky old man and a sarcastic sixteen-year-old became the summer to remember, the one that brought revelations, pain, joy and a new appreciation for the simpler things, good friends and doing the right thing. Could it also be the summer that Nikki learns to forgive both herself and others? First, she had to survive in a world of drugs, cartels and kidnapping as she is left alone to make decisions and take actions that will become part of her for the rest of her life.

Punishment Summer by Peggy Rothschild, although written for the young adult audience is a read that any age can appreciate and even see themselves as teens in. Nikki has some baggage that she can’t share with her father, but it hasn’t dulled her quick wit, and sarcastically sharp tongue. Her transformation throughout her time in Punishment is like watching a time lapse camera following the stages of a butterfly’s life. Peggy Rothschild also captured Grandpa with his backwoods living, no nonsense attitude toward raising children and that soft center he tries to hide deep within. As we transition from city to country, Peggy Rothschild becomes our tour guide, creating the backgrounds, setting the tone and filling it all in with lush descriptions. The perfect hell on earth for a city girl trapped without friends, phones or cable! With a touch of young romance, some breaking of rules and a fight for survival, Ms. Rothschild has given voice to a summer to remember for lovers of great reading.

I received this copy from Peggy Rothschild in exchange for my honest review.


  1. This sounds like an awful place to live. Poor girl.

  2. This may be written for a younger crowd, but I think an old geezer like me could enjoy it too. :)
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