Tuesday, 25 March 2014

eARC Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Title: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Pages: 256
Series: -
Release Date: March 1st 2014
Where I Got It: NetGalley

Synopsis: 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?

Jolene Perry
I wear juvenile T-shirts, worn-out chucks, and eat too much chocolate. I write. A lot. I make up words, drink Shirley Temples, and suffocate a little without my iPod.


I read this book on March 25th 2014.

I recieved this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

An emotional and riveting story about teens going through very different things, finding comfort in one another.

Once I started reading this book, I couldn't really put it down. I loved the story, how Kate had a life with real problems. A lot of the young adult books I read, seem like the same story, and the teens in the book really have no problems. Just trying to figure out if the boy next door likes them or not. Well, if you're hoping for a sweet, simple read, this isn't one. This book keeps readers enthralled throughout both Kate's journey and Aidan's journey.

Kate was a strong female lead in the story and I can't say I blame her for not telling Aidan in the beginning of the story. I've known people in my life with type one diabetes, however, I've never seen them go through the process with the needle. Beside that, I know how difficult it can be from conversations with people who suffer from this disease. All I can say, is everyone going through this disease are very strong and I don't think I'd be able to go through this. I don't like needles, and couldn't imagine going through what some of the people go through.

Aidan was in the army and during battle, his arm was blown off. He didn't act like someone who hated the world because of it, and I think this is because he watched one of his friends die during the time his arm was blown off. Again, i could never imagine going through this. Eventually, you start to get used to it, but I don't think a person every really gets over something like this. Aidan was another strong lead and I wanted to cry for some of the stuff he must have been going through.

I was slightly disappointed with the grammar in the book. There where missing periods, quotations, and sometimes the paragraph was not in the way it should be. Also, in some places, there was no spaces between paragraphs when the author started a new subject. The author became inconsistent in some places of the book, and there was many spelling errors.

Overall, this book was very touching and it was enjoyable to read it. This one's not soon to leave you.

Grades: 9 and up
Ages: 14+

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