Huh... It's funny because even though this book is so ridiculous and unrealistic, I liked it a lot. The story telling was perfect to me. I loved readi...moreHuh... It's funny because even though this book is so ridiculous and unrealistic, I liked it a lot. The story telling was perfect to me. I loved reading bits and pieces from Val and Addie's childhood intertwined with their present situations. The details in this story were awesome and really well done. (less)
First off, why is this book called The Summer I Found You, when as far as I can tell it doesn't take place during summer?
That's just a small critique...moreFirst off, why is this book called The Summer I Found You, when as far as I can tell it doesn't take place during summer?
That's just a small critique though, because Jolene Perry has done it again. I've been thoroughly enjoying reading her ya and na books that past couple of months and I think this is one of my favorites. The romance that unfolds between Aidan and Kate moved at a great pace and was very cute. I like romances where the characters help each other through their struggles.
My only real problem with this story is Kate. I liked her just fine except for the fact that she treated her diabetes so lightly. I mean, even Stacy from the babysitter's club took the disease more seriously, and she was 12! I guess it's realistic because people really do like to live in denial, but that part of the story drove me crazy. Like Aidan said at the hospital, GROW UP KATE!
Anyway, if you are a fan of Jolene Perry's other works, I think you will like this story. It's a great ya book that opened up my eyes about certain situations.(less)
I didn't think I could like a sequel any more than I liked Stargirl, but it surprised me, because I liked this one just the same.
Love, Stargirl takes...moreI didn't think I could like a sequel any more than I liked Stargirl, but it surprised me, because I liked this one just the same.
Love, Stargirl takes place shortly after the first book. Stargirl is living in a new town and still dealing with her feelings for Leo. Things aren't looking good for her, as her happy wagon loses almost all of it's pebbles.
I think Spinelli created a really interesting setting, and a lot of great characters in this story. I liked that it had a small town feel. And from Dootsie to Betty Lou, to Perry and Alvina, Stargirl makes a lot of interesting friends.
I really liked that Archie made an appearance near the end and that we get a little bit of closure, even though I wanted to know more! Fans of Stargirl will most likely adore this book too.(less)
The main reason that I bought this book was because it was on sale for kindle.
But then when I read the synopsis I immediately became intrigued. Annab...moreThe main reason that I bought this book was because it was on sale for kindle.
But then when I read the synopsis I immediately became intrigued. Annabel and Pete are really good friends who have a hobby that they share: baseball. But Pete doesn't approve of the fact that Annabel uses astrology to help her make her fantasy team. He doesn't come right out and say it, but he obviously thinks she's crazy.
After Pete shows constant annoyance at Annabel's love for astrology and Annabel grows fed up with Pete's rude behavior, she challenges him to a dare. Together, they will open an astrology shop, where they will use the stars to give people advice on love and relationships. If it doesn't work out, Annabel says that she will completely drop the whole astrology thing.
This reason why I can't rate this book 5 stars is because some of the characters have no motivation for acting like they do. Sara, who is a side character, is depicted as a bad person from the very beginning, but all of her character traits are very cliche. Also, Pete redeems himself in the end, but his complete rudeness to Annabel about a hobby that she is very interested in is just immature. I didn't see any reason for why he had to act like that. It just made him look like an ass.
This story demonstrates the hardships of falling for your best friend. With lots of interesting characters and cool scenery it's a book that I imagine a lot of people will enjoy.
Who would I recommend this book to? Anyone who enjoys young adult fiction, astrology, and fun depictions of beachy things, like the ocean and the boardwalk.(less)
I have to say, I'm getting really tired of this trend where authors write a second book and it's basically the same book, just from a different charac...moreI have to say, I'm getting really tired of this trend where authors write a second book and it's basically the same book, just from a different character's perspective. But I also have to say that Colleen Hoover is really good at it!
While the parts of the story I already knew were kind of boring, I enjoyed getting to know the character Daniel better. And I liked that we also got to know Les better, through Holder's letters and memories. While Holder seemed cold and mysterious in the first book, this story gave us a better glimpse into his life, and why his actions are what they are.
I also found the ending more satisfying. It was nice to get some more details besides what we already about the ending.
Sky's experiences broke my heart in Hopeless and they broke my heart again in Losing Hope. Fans of the first book will definitely be fans of the second. (less)