Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry: Review

The Summer I Found YouTitle: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Publisher:  Albert Whitman Teen
Buy This Book: Amazon / Book Depository

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?

I didn't really know what to expect from The Summer I Found You. I saw it a few months ago on Netgalley and it was for instant download. At the time it had 0 ratings or reviews on Goodreads and so I really, really didn't know what to expect. But I loved the cover and the synopsis sounded interesting, so I took a chance and downloaded it. Although the book had a few issues, overall I found it to be a really enjoyable read.

When Kate's boyfriend breaks up with her she is shocked and upset and didn't see it coming at all. Her best friend Jen sees it as the perfect time to introduce Kate to her cousin Aidan. He lost his right arm in Afghanistan and has been struggling to cope with the change it has had on his life and his future plans. Kate was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago and has found it hard to come to terms with the fact that it is something that will affect her for the rest of her life. When Kate and Aidan meet they seem to instantly connect with and understand one another. And so begins the start of a really adorable romance.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. It did have a lot of editing issues, to the point where Aidan's name was spelt about three different ways throughout the book. But I don't feel like I can mark the book down for that. It is an unedited advanced reader's copy. I can only hope that all the mistakes were spotted and changed before publication. But if I ignore the editing issues, I thought this was a really enjoyable read.

Kate, for me, was a really immature character. She is avoiding the issue of her diabetes altogether and putting her own life in danger because of it. She doesn't want to accept that this is something she has to deal with, but she needs to grow up and realise that it won't magically go away if she ignores it. She hides her illness from Aidan and it really got to me. He opens up to her about his life and all he asks is for her to be honest with him as well. And she just lies. I wanted to reach through my kindle and strangle her at times. You could really see the age gap between her and Aidan, he acted like an adult and she acted like a five year old.

Aidan was actually a really sweet character. He has his issues but he knows that and he at least tries to work through them. He was probably one of the most mature characters I have found in a young adult romance. He was the one who felt like they needed to actually talk to one another if they were going to have an actual grown up relationship. So Aidan, character who's name I can no longer figure out how I am supposed to spell thanks to it being spelled three different ways, I applaud you!

This was by no means a book that blew me away. I know it's a book that I will quickly forget. But it was an enjoyable, quick read. The romance was really sweet and I think the characters were ones you could understand. I thought Kate was immature but I understood why she was that way. And I also understood why Aidan seemed so much more mature; he'd been through so much more in his lifetime than she had.


3/5 Stars

I really debated with myself over whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. 



*I received a copy of this novel from the author/publisher/publicist via Netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review and received no monetary compensation for this review.

14 comments:

  1. I've seen like 2 reviews for this and so far they've been completely opposite! Gah, now what am I supposed to think?! I really like a good contemporary, though, soooo I'm sorely tempted. That's a bit weird that Aidan's name was spelt 3 different ways though. o.O I'm really hoping they fixed that. But it's kind of a weird last-minute-mistake, you know?? Mmh. Whatever, I guess. XD

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    1. I kind of enjoyed it but looking back on it, I think I'd probably give it 3*s. I enjoyed it enough at the time but I wouldn't read it again and I probably wouldn't recommend it.

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  2. It was great hearing your thoughts on this book! I also struggled with what to rate it, but I agree with a lot of things that you said...the thing about Aidan's/Aiden's name was so very annoying! I'm glad you enjoyed it however.

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    1. It was enjoyable at the time, but I know I wouldn't really recommend it and I won't be reading it again. The name thing got very irritating! How can you spell your own characters name wrong?

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  3. I've seen one other review for this book lately and they felt entirely different, so now I'm torn. I'm really irked about immature characters who make life difficult for others because they deal with something they should deal with; it makes me so angry and sometimes affects my enjoyment of a book, and although Aiden sounds like a wonderful, mature and down to earth character, I may just have to leave this book be for the time being. I have too many to consider to keep adding unsurities. Great review though, and it's good to have you back, how was your short break? :)

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    1. If I am honest... I wouldn't recommend it. Looking back it was probably a 3 star book, I was being quite generous. I read it because I had the ARC, but if I had paid for this I would probably be real disappointed. I think leaving it is probably for the best ;)

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  4. I actually hated this one. I guess when it comes down to it, I didn't like Kate. I didn't understand her issue with her illness and it bugs me so much because it's so freaking manageable and I don't think it's a standard that people associate diabetes with weakness. So I found her frustrating and I just found the who story frustrating, but I do think Perry does a great job about writing characters with disabilities.

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    1. I was a little too generous to this one, if I am honest. I'd probably give it 3 stars now. I didn't like Kate either, she was so immature in general but so much more so when you compare her to Aidan. I really liked Aidan as a character, but I felt like Kate was too young for him. Not in age but just in her general attitude. The diabetes part bothered me, she handled that so badly.

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  5. Nice review you got there, I did not know about this before but thanks to your review, I might check this book out. :)

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    1. It was an okay read, if I had paid for it I wouldn't have been as happy with what I got :)

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  6. First time I've seen a review of this! I'm not sure about it yet, think I'll wait until I see more reviews. I just finished an ARC with some editing issues, some of the character's names weren't capitalised which bugged me, however what bugged me more was that sometimes the next sentence would actually be a day later, as there was supposed to be a paragraph space thing. Very confusing!

    ★ Under The Mountain ★

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    1. The issues did get annoying. I enjoyed it at the time but I wouldn't read it again, and, if I am being perfectly honest, I wouldn't recommend it all that much. Unless it was something you were dying to read.

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  7. An enjoyable quick read with a sweet romance sounds good, but with so many books to read I'll probably pass on this one since it was only a 3 star read. But maybe if I can get it from the library sometime….Thanks for the honest review! ~Pam

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    1. It was an okay read and really sweet. I enjoyed it at the time but I know I will never reread it and it's not one I will really think of when people are for recommendations.

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