Romantic Thursday Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Romantic ThursdayIt’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

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The Summer I Found You - Jolene PerryPublisher: Albert Whitman Teen (March 1st 2014)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Source: Netgalley
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 2 of 5 stars

All they have in common is that they’re less than perfect. And all they’re looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate’s dream 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 one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

Review:

So the idea is cute, but the execution was not quite as nice. There isn’t really any one big thing that really makes or breaks this book for me, but instead it was sort of a collection of little things that ended up just  … not working out for.

Problem is, the romance was pretty much insta-love. There was no building of the relationship. As soon as they meet each other, it escalated pretty quickly from “oh hey, here’s two kinda lonely people, let’s try to set them up, sure we can hang out” to a full “you are the only person who truly understands me, you are my one true love, nothing will separate us.”.

Kate also frustrated me quite a bit. I know she’s struggling with some big changes in her life, but hey, it’s diabetes, not a terminal disease. She has the chance to live a pretty normal life with a few changes, but instead, spends most of it hoping it’ll just go away. Her inaction just annoys me when she has the ability to help herself but refuses too, when there’s other people dealing changes that are much harder to adapt (ie. Aidan, who’s lost an arm, that’s definitely not something you can just hide or use a “quick fix”.) I’m totally on her parents and friends side for being mad at her. It’s extremely selfish to only think of yourself when others are worried for you, especially when you can help yourself.

Oh other little things that just didn’t really work for me was the fact that this book is called The Summer I Found You but it doesn’t happen in summertime. And I know the copy I read was an eARC, but seriously, is Aidan’s name Aidan or Aiden!? Because it switches back and forth a lot.

That being said, there were some sweet moments. Like I said, the idea is cute. Both Kate and Aidan are both struggling with some big changes in their lives. I’m glad that there were able to find some happiness with each other, and help each other through their hard times. Overall, it was an okay read, with a potential for a heartwarming story that unfortunately didn’t pan out in the greatest fashion.

{*Thank to Albert Whitman Teen & Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Romantic Thursday Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry”

  1. I’ve been thinking about reading this book, but there are so many low ratings. I’m still curious about it and I may give it a try someday, but not soon. Thank you for honest review.

    1. Yeah, unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to the potential ): There’s still some cute moments and it’s not a terrible book, just not a “you have to read it immediately!!” kind of book. I hope you enjoy it though, when you do get to it!
      Thanks for stopping by (:

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