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The Summer of No Regrets

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,053 ratings  ·  117 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 w
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-on-blog
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
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Annika Browne
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Chelsey Wolford
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Farah Jay
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Lyra Gill
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2012
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 i ...more
Haley Burke
Jan 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Katy Upperman
This one came recommended by a friend, and I thought it was pretty fantastic. I loved the unconventional family set-up, and the budding romance was sweet and different and rather mysterious. Gotta give major credit to an author who writes a romantic interest who might be lying about everything, but charms you into loving him anyway. Summer is set in the Pacific Northwest where I grew up (automatic bonus points), and there’s this whole subplot involving cougars (yep) that I found particularly uni ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012, ya
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.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
...I am a ginormous sap. I cried, openly and a lot.
Heidi Peters
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
When I read this book, it was not what I was expecting. However it turned out to be exactly what I wanted to read and I just absolutely loved it. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Ann Robinson
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Starla Sunshine
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful love story.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh godd in the beginning I had to look up the words after every 2 minutes but I loved the ending and as always this was a book with "Summer" so how can I not love it??? <33
Bridget Jensen
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best book. Wow. So good. #no regrets #summer #the year when i thought i knew what i did when the summer changed who they are now
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was okay. I might've enjoyed it more if the synopsis on the back cover had been more true to the story. Yes, the fact that Luke may-or-may-not be Trent Yves was an important aspect to the story, I felt misled once I started reading the book. The spirituality and religion aspects of the book were a giant part of the overall story and to the main character herself, but they weren't even mentioned. I also felt as though there was little to no character development between Luke and Brigitt ...more
Christine Grabowski
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I really enjoyed this book. Don’t let the cover fool you. This is much more than a love story. I would consider the love story more of a subplot. It seemed to be more of a coming of age story for 16-year-old Brigitta. As with many YA stories, she was trying to understand herself. But the story itself was very unique and included a possible movie star, blogs posts, finding and attempting to raise two cougar cubs, and many family issues stemming from the recent loss of her grandmother. In fact one ...more
Christy Ngo
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 18% My first of the year.

This was just weird. It doesn't seem anything like the summary, which is what I wanted. Also, it was kinda confusing. I could try and so more but I spent enough time on this book already.
Amy Atkins
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought the book had much more substance than the synopsis provided. I was pleasantly surprised that the love story was a subplot to a more complex coming of age tale.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was not a good book. I spent too much of the book being bored and just dragging along. It picked up at the end, but it didn't win me back. I wouldn't recommend this one.
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Katherine Grace Bond is the author of THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS (Sourcebooks, 2012) and of the bestselling LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE (Zondervan, 2002), a story of the civil rights movement. She often finds herself in the woods escaping from giant cats and shadowy figures in cloaks. The creator of TEENWrite acting/writing workshops, where participants come as their characters, she lives with her husba ...more
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