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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  839 ratings  ·  107 reviews
This was the summer that would change my life.
No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.
So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead-ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Ivana
This book was horrible.
The girl was boring.
Her dude friend was boring.
I can't even say that I fully read this book. I pretty sure my mind wandered a couple of times to think about things that are far more interesting.
Like the precise shade of Emma Stone's hair in Zombieland.
Or the reason why there are various types of water underwater on Spongebob.
Hmmmm.... What was I saying?
Oh, yeah. So this author tried to paint Luke and Brigitta as these two people who had sooooo many hardships. And they di...more
Janet
I give The Summer of No Regrets five stars. I loved the main character, Brigitta, from her wonderfully witty dialogue with friends and family, to her secret blog (Seeing Starzz: Celebrities Find Their Deep Space, Hollywood’s Hidden Spiritual Quest), a blog that had me laughing out loud. I also loved Brigitta’s quieter side, the part of her that’s seeking her own spiritual answers and closer, more authentic relationships. Brigitta has been in hiding. Enter Luke, the mysterious new boy next door w...more
Hannah
Mar 25, 2012 Hannah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Argh. I hate writing negative reviews, but I don't really have a choice here. I really liked the set-up of this book, but I found the execution lacking in almost every aspect.

I'll start with the positive. I really liked the whole set-up of The Summer of No Regrets. Brigitta is home-schooled, and her parents have an alternative-living resort. I really liked reading about this unique lifestyle of Brigitta's family - why don't we get to see more unusual set-ups like that in YA?

But... yeah. That's r...more
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
Since summer started, I was looking for a fun, summery book with beach, sun, and awesome girly friends and all. The Summer of No Regrets was nothing like I expected it to be. Unfortunately, there was no beach or sun or friends. At some points, I even forgot it was a summer book. The main protagonist, Brigitta, is just a normal girl with no religion. Her dad, who suddenly chooses to be a Shaman, does some awkward stuff that embarrass her at some points. She has a sister, and a mother as well. The...more
Annika Browne
I loved this book: it’s funny, thoughtful, has a really fun romance running through it, and there were definitely a couple of times that I teared up reading it. I’m not sure I would have picked it up based on the cover and title, though—a friend gave me a copy, and I was so glad that she did. I don’t particularly care for the “fluffy summer romance” genre, so from the sunset-y cover and the title I thought it sounded like another “girl decides to make some poor life choices and as a result meets...more
Michelle
I have seen some mixed review for this book. Some people loved how light and fun it was and thought it was a great summer romance, while others thought it was played out or overdone. Nonetheless, I thought it looked adorable and I was really excited to read it. I am a sucker for fun beachy reads and an even bigger sucker for the boy/girl next door romances. I enjoyed the Summer of No Regrets. I can see what people are saying about a few things being kind of run of the mill in young adult, but it...more
Chelsey
After reading so many reviews of this book online I had to tear into the pages myself and see what all the fuss was about over the baby cougars! I found it. The story line immediately captured my heart and all day today, I literally DID NOT put the book down. I was so wrapped up in this story that is unlike any other young adult romance novel that I have read thus far. The lines, characters, and plot were not predictable and with the turn of each page I was sitting on the edge of my seat dying t...more
Susan
Katherine Grace Bond pens a wonderfully poingant story of a young woman on the cusp of finding herself. The Summer of No Regrets is an inspiring story of self discovery that is powerfully moving and full of wonderful emotion. It's an adorable journey of putting aside ones selfisness and learning to see life through the eyes of someone or rather, something else. The cougar cubs that both Brigita and Luke find together, represent this for her. She starts to face up to what is actually going on in...more
Lyra Gill
This review can also be found here.

I tried liking this book, mainly because it was set during summer (you guys ought to know by now how much I love YA books set during summer) and the blurb intrigued me, but when you have to try to like a book, you just know for a fact that you won't like it no matter what you do. It's not that the book is badly written, or the plot is nonsensical and boring - rather, I just didn't feel anything while reading it. It just didn't have that zing I've come to expect...more
Elizabeth
I bought this about a month ago at Barnes & Noble. I was simply looking for a summer book that was prone to be filled with romance. I only just got around to reading it a few days ago and finished this 285-page book in about a day and a half. I really enjoyed this novel, even though it was not quite what I had been expecting.

Upon picking it up and reading the back cover, I didn't expect this to feature a plot deeper than dating a Hollywood bad boy. I also hadn't expected that the plot would...more
Heather
The title and cover may scream "YA romance", and it is that, but it is in no way typical of the genre. Parts of Brigitta's life reminded me of mine, and not just because the story is set in the Pacific Northwest. Her parents own a center for gatherings and frequently host groups of people practicing Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Native American Spirituality, even things a bit more out there. She feels frequently embarrassed by her parents. She has a blog, and a best friend who loves celebrity...more
Trini
Brigitta is trying to find out where she fits in in this world among her family and friends. She constantly feels like an outsider because her family is not like others. Her family follows a “free spirited“ kind of philosophy and is very nature oriented. Living at The Center (a completely independent globally-oriented dwelling unit made from materials indigenous to the planet) in which her parents build on their land in order to share with other free thinkers/soul searchers she finds it very dif...more
~Tina~
2.5 stars

If I was younger I think I would have enjoyed The Summer of No Regrets more, but there was just to much that didn't work for me.
I liked Brigitta. I liked Luke. I liked all the scenes that were just them, specially with the cougar kittens. They had good dialog that was sweet and cute. They had just the right amount of chemistry plus a natural friendship that is easy to be cheered on for something more.

But sadly that's all I liked about this book. I didn't understand what was up with Bri...more
Haley Burke
This book was the WORST book I have ever read. I could barely get through the first 3 chapters without my mind wondering. I couldn't focus on any part of the book and eventually had to give up reading this book. I easily read the first 100 pages of a book within an hour, but with this book it took me the entire day just to get to the 80th page. If anyone is thinking about reading this, do not even waste your time. I will definitely not be purchasing another book by this author. Horrible story li...more
Megan
I wanted to like this book, I really did. However, I really didn't enjoy it.
I feel like I got lost in all the spiritual talk and the cougars and celeb gossip... There were just so many topics and none of them were all that strong. I think there was potential for this to be much better unfortunately I won't be telling anyone to check it out.

Also the title... maybe I'm just a moron but I didn't really understand what it had to do with the story.
Mimi
Admittedly my copy is signed by the fabulous author, but I did enjoy this book a lot. Interesting characters, a great storyline that kept me interested (and surprised me in a few places) and it had a lot of sweet things to say about the bonds of love in our families and of loss.
Allison
The Summer of No Regrets
Katherine Grace Bond; Sourcebooks Fire, 290 Pages

Brigitta, the 17 year old main character in Katherine Grace Bond's "The Summer of No Regrets", is the youngest of two girls from a family with parents who are in touch with nature and homeschool her.

Although she lives in an eco-friendly house, literally, and her parents don't like her using technology, she does anyway. The one thing she loves to do is talk on her celebrity blog that know one, not even her best friend Natal...more
Ann Robinson
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was plausible and interesting, the characters rich and believable, and the details of the Pacific Northwest setting were accurate and priceless.
Lauren
A similar review can be found here: http://www.loveisnotatriangle.com/201...

Brigitta lives with her hippie parents in the woods of the North West in a spiritual retreat center that caters to everyone from nuns to children with psychic abilities. The Center, or Earthship, is made out of materials such as tires and soda cans. Brigitta is surrounded by people of varying faiths and belief systems. Her grandparents were Christians, her mom believes in fairies, her father is a former atheist turned sh...more
Jessica
Wow, this book was definitely not what I was expecting. After looking at the cover and reading the description, I expected a book about your typical girl falling for a guy, then figuring out he was famous, getting mad, then they made up and lived happily ever after. Haha, now that sounds like a joke compared to what actually happened. And I'm so happy this didn't follow the same cliche path many books are following these days.

What makes this book so unique would definitely be the main character...more
Shannon (aka Readergirl)
This was such a cute, relaxing read. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble and read half of it while sitting in the store before I finally took it home. It was a bit different from what I was expecting. With the "is he a celebrity in hiding" aspect, I thought I was going to get a cute little story about a girl dating a Hollywood hunk, but I got more than that. There was some surprising depth to the story, and some lessons to be learned.

Brigitta's family and their belief system is pretty wide-open w...more
Marcie
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond is a story about a girl named Brigitta or as her family calls her, Gitta , that lives in a small town in the state of Washington. Her world gets turned upside down when the hottie, Luke, moves next store, who also happens to loos like a famous actor Trent Yves. Gitta's family is also very unique. Gitta is home schooled and lives in a spiritual retreat with her mom and dad. Gitta's sister has just come home from university where she is a psychology...more
Dorian
I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction,(as you can probably gather from all of my reviews) so I am far from being an expert. I have read some though, and out of all of them, this novel I'd have to say is the most memorable. With a really unique protagonist, and situation, I think that this book is definitely worth checking out.



Reasons to Read:
1.Brigitta as a character:
I think that we've all read about that girl who thinks that she's so socially awkward and weird, but she's actually really p...more
Audrey
I must admit, this was almost a DNF. At first I found it really slow and repetitive. But then, something happened, and I picked it up where I'd left off and really found it good.

At first, Brigitta seemed a bit whiny and it really annoyed me how she was constantly lying to everyone, even her supposed best friend. (Her treatment of her best friend did bother me throughout the whole book, though - more on that later.) Her entire life was like a lie, but I think the whole "life being a lie" thing wa...more
Avon Bernabe
3.8 stars!

I really really really liked this book. Honestly. I love Brigitta's character. I love her personalities. She's indeed very unique. She's sensitive, passionate, loving, a little bit weird, and many more, and I understand why a guy as hot as Luke will fall for her. She's not perfect. She's flawed. The same as Luke, no matter how hot he is.
This book showed different aspects of life. I love how it presented religion, even though I'm a Catholic. I like how it showed the different sides of a...more
Tiffany (About to Read)
The Summer of No Regrets is about a girl, Brigitta, who is kind of strange and comes from an even stranger family. One summer Brigitta gets a new next store neighbor, Luke, who looks exactly like movie-star Trent Yves, and the two start to develop feelings for each other.

I had a really hard time relating to Briggita. She is nothing like me—she just seems so lost and unsure of herself, and she also comes across as having a low self-esteem. I also don’t understand why Briggita’s movie-star hot nei...more
Dizneeee
I remember seeing a lot about this book last summer when it was released, but I never got a chance to get it and read it. I was happy to see a tour for it this summer to give it a new life! I jumped at the opportunity.

Brigitta is our main character. She lives in the middle of nowhere on the west coast. She doesn't attend school, as she is "homeschooled" by her mother. She tried her local high school for one year, but did not like it. At all!

She is a very different girl. With her parents and the...more
Cathy
This book was not exactly what I expected to be, but was pleasantly surprised when halfway through my heart strings were being pulled and clarity started seeping through. This book turned out to be a little sweet and very much a way for a girl to get over some things she has been holding back.

We meet Brigitta, whose family is anything but normal. They live at a Center which houses random people from nuns, Buddhists to gifted people. It’s a retreat for people to get away where her father is a Sha...more
Britta
Baby cougars! That is really all I have to say about this book... Okay, not really, but those cubs melted my heart and were way more prominent than I expected. Which was a good thing.


Brigitta lives in an... unconventional family. Her parents drink weird tea and talk to fairies and while she accepted it at first, she's really starting to resent it. Then the boy comes into the picture. But where does he keep running off too? Does she even want to know?


More than anything, I would say The Summer of...more
Farah Jay
Since summer started, I was looking for a fun, summery book with beach, sun, and awesome girly friends and all. The Summer of No Regrets was nothing like I expected it to be. Unfortunately, there was no beach or sun or friends. At some points, I even forgot it was a summer book. The main protagonist, Brigitta, is just a normal girl with no religion. Her dad, who suddenly chooses to be a Shaman, does some awkward stuff that embarrass her at some points. She has a sister, and a mother as well. The...more
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