Friday, March 7, 2014

The Summer I Found You

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Pages: 256
Keywords: high school, military, hospital
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (thank you!)
Get It: Book Depository

All they have in common is they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction. Kate's boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other, neither wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

I actually forgot that I downloaded this from NetGalley until AnnaReads mentioned she had read it in one of her posts, and I remembered how pretty I thought the cover was, so I promptly went and started it. And I was kind of blown away.
I'm always on the skeptical side of books from smaller publishing houses I haven't heard of. Not that I don't believe they can put out good books, but because the bigger ones normally snatch the spectacular ones up. But I was very impressed with this one.

In one way, it seemed like your typical unexpected romance — mostly predictable, cute characters, a few rough patches but ultimately things are great. But there was quite a bit more that the book offered. The characters felt so real — they were dealing with real issues, they weren't perfect, and they weren't sure how to go about fixing things they'd messed up.

I loved how real the book felt and how things were not perfect. Their friends I especially liked, and I loved that Aidan was confused about what he wanted to do, and Kate was struggling with herself. Overall I was just very invested in the story and the characters because they felt so real to me, and they didn't try to pretend to be anything they weren't. Sure, I kind of knew how it was going to pan out, but I didn't really care because it seemed realistic the whole time.

Read When: You want a book to go quickly, but also want some realistic characters with human flaws and idiosyncrasies. And a few good steamy scenes. :)

 Seriously, though. What's up with the title? She's in school the whole time, so why is summer in the title? Anyone know?

2 comments:

  1. Have I told you how much I love your blog design? It makes me so happy! I was thinking of starting this one at the gym today. I was supposed to last week but I kept forgetting to transfer it to my Nook. I think a light read is perfect for working out, and yes, that cover is amazing! Thanks for the thoughts!

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    1. Thanks so much! I think I actually read some of this at the gym, and it seemed to be a pretty good one while I was on the elliptical!

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