How My Summer Went Up in Flames
By Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Simon Pulse, 307 pages
First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!
Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.
To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…
— Goodreads.com description
Oh, who doesn’t adore a good road trip book? And there is plenty to like in this book…it just didn’t, um, blow me away? Set my heart on fire? HA, get it…flames…okay anyway.
Rosie is impulsive. I mean, clearly, the book starts with her blowing up her ex’s car. Girl’s got spunk. And while I do like spunk, she was a bit too loco and all over the place for me. First she likes this guy, then what about that one, or maybe this one…
And I know it’s ridiculous, but I have a really hard time with books when I don’t know what guy to root for! Totally throws me off! That she didn’t know who to like was sort of the point, and that’s not lost on me, but just ’cause I “got” it, doesn’t mean I loved it.
So the main character irritated me, which means I was a bit indifferent to this one. On the plus side, though, ROAD TRIP! Which means it was easy, breezy and entertaining for summer.