Thu, February 27, 2014

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry Review

The Summer I Found You book cover

The Summer I Found You book cover

The Summer I Found You
By Jolene Perry
Publication date: March 1, 2014
Albert Whitman Teen, 254 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

— Goodreads.com description

I liked this one. Two messed up teens happen to find each other, fall in love, drama ensues…it’s all right up my alley.

Adam’s backstory was extremely compelling — his struggles to overcome his injury, fit into his new life as a civilian and move on without a ton of family support were very moving. And Kate’s was great as well. I’ve never read a book about a teen diagnosed with a lifelong, but not terminal, medical issue, and I think a lot of teens will relate to her internal battles.

I’ve read mixed reviews on The Summer I Found You, but for me it succeeded because I was in just the right mood for a story like this and Perry was a new-to-me author so I didn’t have preconceived expectations. So I’d definitely tell you to give it a go — not an all-time fave, but I enjoyed the different points of view and the romance as a whole.

My big complaint, though…what is with the title?!?!?!?!?!

I don’t think any of it took place over the summer? I feel like Kate was in school the whole time. So I was extremely confused. Maybe I missed something?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: angst, illness, jolene perry, romance
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  1. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    Review twins! I really liked this one too. I loved Kate and Aiden’s relationship and just how much both of them grew. The diabetes aspect hit close to home for me (my Dad has Type 2) so it was interesting to read about someone dealing with that.

    Hahaha I never even thought about the title, but you’re totally right.

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    Anna Reply:

    TWINSIES. Love it! I think the diabetes aspect was so fascinating. I don’t know anyone who has it, but I’ve never read a book before that dealt with the emotions involved with having a lifelong disease. I mean, that’s heavy stuff!

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  2. Tara said:

    The book doesn’t take place in the summer?? Weird…

    I’m so loving that cover, though.

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    Anna Reply:

    Love the cover — it doesn’t match the book AT ALL, though. Baffling!

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  3. Annie said:

    The title really bugged me too. Like, none of the book took place during the summer at all so I’m not sure why that was chosen as the name… I liked the romance though and agree, the diabetes aspect of the book was really interesting. It’s not as touched upon in YA so it was nice to see it for a change!

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  4. My Full Bookshelf Reviews said:

    Haha, that title would really bug me if I was reading this! I would just spend the whole time trying to figure out what it had to do with the story. Thanks for the review!

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  5. Kelsey @ The Lost Book Reports said:

    I posted my review for this yesterday.. and I was thinking the same thing the about the title. I cannot believe i forgot to mention it in my review. I actually enjoyed reading The Summer I Found You.. but felt it could have had stronger writing.

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  6. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Reading this one next! And I’m even more excited for it since you told me I’d like it 🙂

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  7. Alexa S. said:

    I’ve been seeing a lot about this book today, most of it positive! I definitely think I’d like to read it — contemporary romances where both parties have interesting baggage always makes a story appealing to me.

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  8. Cassie G said:

    I just finished this one! My review will be up later this week.

    I was very confused by the title and the cover in general, I just didn’t feel like it fit the rest of the book. And I did like it quite a bit, I just thought both characters were relatable and realistic, which was a refreshing change than the typical characters we normally see.

    Glad to see I wasn’t the only confused reader!

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