Item description for A Delirious Summer by Ray Blackston & Andrew Peterson...
This summer's serving of relational gumbo could take you by surprise... To Neil Rucker, seven months, one week, and a day is too long to wait in between dates. But life as a Spanish language teacher to missionaries in Ecuador affords little opportunity for romance.
When his worst student, Jay Jarvis, suggests a respite in Greenville, South Carolina, so begins Neil's delirious summer. Neil sees his chance to meet a sweet succession of southern women, but little does he know that the girls of Greenville are now more elusive than a snowflake in the Ecuadorian jungle.
As they church-hop in search of the perfect man, Neil tries to find the perfect girl among the Neapolitan choices: a demanding redhead, a joy-riding blonde, and a very tardy but intriguing girl with raven hair and a pierced eyebrow. Who knew relational gumbo would look like this?
*10 Hours On 9 CDs
Publishers Description When Texas stockbroker Jay moves to South Carolina, he's "flabbergasted" by the wonderful women he meets on a Christian beach retreat. So when Jay's Spanish teacher, Neil, admits he's gone "seven months, one week, and a day" without a date, Jay sends him straight to church A funny, lighthearted look at the Christian singles scene.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 591.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.02" Width: 5.68" Height: 1.92" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2004
Publisher Oasis Audio
ISBN 1589266331 ISBN13 9781589266339
Availability 0 units.
More About Ray Blackston & Andrew Peterson
Ray Blackston is the author of six novels, including the quirky and comic Flabbergasted, which was shortlisted for a Christy Award, and in 2003 was chosen as inspirational novel of the year by the Dallas Morning News and was re-released by Revell in June 2010.
Ray Blackston currently resides in Greenville, in the state of South Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Delirious Summer?
Dangerously Slow ... But Worth it in the end Feb 19, 2008
I've got to say it took me forever to get into this book. I just finished it 30 seconds ago ... and I'm glad the long journey has come to an end. Usually I am so engrossed in a book I can't put it down ... this one I had to force myself to keep reading. But I finished it ... it kept calling me back, I wanted to know the end and I'm glad I did. This book had some laugh out loud parts to it ... and it had a surprising depth, that you wouldn't expect from such a sleeper of a book.
I'm a little wary at starting Lost in Rooville ... but hopefully it will surprise me like A Delirious Summer did.
Change of pace was fine, but it was a long trip! Oct 24, 2006
This was something that I charged into head on. I can easily say that I took the same route with "Flabbergasted", and I found an author that I want to keep up to date. I didn't exactly blast through this like I can do with other reads, but I did finish it, and I can say that I recommend it. I can easily see why this might be a favorite for some, yet I can also see how others might have been in some spots and this and thought, "COME ON! Let's pick up the pace, Blackston." There are times where I'll pick up what I'll label a mediocre read, yet it'll leave me craving for more in the end. That's how this was for me.
So, is this where we depart with Jay Jarvis? Probably not, but we do meet Neil Rucker. By the way, Jay is the slowest Spanish student that Neil has EVER had to endure. You'll join Neil on furlough to South Carolina. I think my major disappointment was that I expected a whole lot of wacky stuff, just like in book #1. But while it wasn't filled with that, there were instances where I was able to laugh out loud a few times. So when Neil meets Jay's friends, (Darcy, Steve, Alexis & Lydia) they all go on a beach trip. Neil is personally looking to find love, while others might be looking to rekindle old flames amidst fire. Take another ride in Lime Sherbet! Through it all we learn a little bit about crabbing, maybe a lesson with a tangelo, but ultimately we learn a huge lesson about change. This is about learning how to hit the curve balls that God throws at you. Yeah, you may hear of some church hopping here and there, but that isn't exactly the main idea here.
So, was I glad I made this journey when it was all over? Yeah, I really was. I just didn't realize it was going to be such a long trip! I personally thought there were a few too many unanswered questions. Oh well. Will this keep me from reading Ray Blackston in the future? No way. I look forward to my next read by him, and I'm really looking for a big surprise! My hopes are indeed up, Mr. Blackston, and I'll be diving deep into the next read with more gusto than ever.
While this wasn't my favorite read, I can still say thank you for the change of pace. Keep on keepin' on!
My favorite example of Christian fiction Jul 19, 2006
After reading Flabbergasted, I quickly became a fan of Ray Blackston and his quirky characters. And he impressed me even more with Delirious Summer. There is such an element of fun in his decriptions of the many wacky characters in this book that I could not help but be amused. Unlike other writers in the Christian fiction genre, Blackston doesn't try to shove oversimplified moral lessons down his readers' throats; he offers us instead insight into the minds of normal, flawed people and how they approach their relationships with God. Who wouldn't want to read about a man who climbs roofs to talk to God, a mentor who uses a tangelo to instruct young men about the nature of love, or a girl with a piercing who has a milkshake ministry? Great book. Great author.
Tangelo dreams bursting at the Lemon-Lime seams Jun 11, 2006
Christian Spanish Teacher Dude (& friend of formerly-Agnostic-Stockbroker-turned-Christian-Missionary Dude) braves newly-charted Christian Singles dating scene waters until Ecuadorian tragedy strikes.
Not my favorite book May 24, 2005
I guess I'm in the minority in saying that this book wasn't one of my favorites.
I'm not particularly interested in the "lad-lit" type of books. I did like the humor, but there didn't seem to be much depth to the characters or the storylines. It seemed that the main point of the guys was to get a woman and the women were church-hopping just to find a man. It was like THE most important thing. And that all seemed to ignore the point of going to church--to worship God among believers.
It seemed whenever a storyline or character looked promising, the author seemed to stop exploring yet. I started to take an interest in Neil and Alexis when they talked about their parents, how Alexis was rejected by her father. But after the one conversation, the storyline didn't develop. The same with Darcy and her parents, who threatened to cut her off because of her Christian beliefs. I thought the fire at the missionary story showed promise, but that seemed to end and didn't seem to indicate that it would go anywhere.
So, I was not to excited about this book. Others might enjoy it though. At least the humor and the relationships were clean, and not trashy as in a lot of books these days.