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The Summer I Found You

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,109 ratings  ·  422 reviews
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 emb
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by AW Teen
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Ash Wednesday

Something Like Normal was easily one of the most enjoyable New Adult books I've read this year and I was fully under the impression that this will be following a similar vein but with heavier emotional heft as the hero Aidan/Aiden (it varies) Connelly not only suffers from PTSD but also lost an arm from his tour in Afghanistan and the heroine (Kate Walker), a distant family acquaintance, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Such heavy potential right there, which unfortunate
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My belief is that if you want to write an effective story about fatal illnesses, you don't want your story to be too short. I feel that 250 pages is too short for a book that deals with these types of topics as they do call for more detail and emotional build ups. The Summer I Found You held a lot of potential though was failed by the execution. (Read: lack of depth and unlikable narrator.)

I loved the idea of a girl with Type 1 Diabetes and a guy
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
This is my third Jolene Perry book and I have to say I think she is a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed The Summer I Found You and had a hard time putting it down.

Kate is dealing with being broken up with and her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. Aidan is struggling with losing is his arm in Afghanistan and what to do now that he won't a lifer in the Army. When Aidan's cousin introduces the two they see each other as nothing more than a distraction from the things in their lives. Over time tho
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
So, I've spent the last four hours reading this entire book and wondering a few things:
1. Is it Aidan or Aiden? (Seriously? This is so obvious it's not even Writing 101. It's like Common Sense 101: You should know how to spell your own character's name.)
2. Did this book not have betas? Because it has legitimately the worst grammar and punctuation I've seen in any book, ever. Someone teach Jolene Perry how to use a comma... and apostrophes... and question marks... and proper sentence structure (e
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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NOTE: I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's extremely difficult for me to review this book for two reasons: one, I enjoyed this, but there were problems, and two, I'm a critical reader, and that plays a huge role in my overall rating of a particular book. On one hand, I had fun reading this book, and it was an enjoyable read, but on the other hand, there were multiple things that annoyed me about The
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Ai Haibara
Actual rating 2.5 stars


This book is actually quite a hard one to write a review for because on one hand, it's not a bad book but I don't particularly like it either because I couldn't connect with the characters and the entire story is just kinda like bland pasta, not terrible enough for you to hate it but also doesn't leave a good impression.

Now lets talk about the characters:

At the start, I didn't really mind Kate at all. She was your typical YA heroine and I was just like yeah yeah wh
Michelle Wrona

I was so excited to read this book. I mean, who wouldn't be when spotting a summery cover when it's like -4 degrees outside? This is a definite seasonal read, I must tell you. And now when looking back at the outcome, I'm very pleased because I did manage to shed some tears of happiness.

First thoughts: DAMN WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE. Jolene Perry has written such a freaking awesome story that got me fanning myself because of the feels. The feels were honestly outrageous. What this book did to m
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
olene Perry is one of those authors where if she writes a book, I must read it, own it, and sniff it. So I was so excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of The Summer I Found You.

At first, I thought the book was going to be a little weird for me. Reading about a guy who lost his arm and a girl with diabetes and their budding romance had me a little on edge. How could a one armed guy possibly be sexy? How was this book going to keep me interested? Well, I didn't even need to ask those ques
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it

The Summer I Found You follows through the eyes of 17 year old Kate, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend of over a year Shelton. Kate is upset, and doesn’t know what to do. On top of going through the breakup she is still struggling with her Type 1 Diabetes, her family is worried about her since she is not taking it seriously, and she just wants it to go away.

The Summer I Found You also follows the eyes of 19 year old Aiden. Aiden has just come back from Afghanistan, after losing his
Cassie Mae
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The best thing about Jolene's characters is there authenticity. Kate is seventeen. Aidan is nineteen. And they act like 17 and 19 year olds. Exactly.

Kate deals with diabetes, as said in the blurb, but she doesn't really deal with it. She ignores it...pretends it doesn't exist and doesn't take it seriously. It's sad and frustrating to read, but it's something I could 100% relate to. When something happens in our lives that is so devastating, or it changes the course of our futures, and it's somet
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok

So, this book is called, "The Summer I Found You." However, summer doesn't even happen in the book--it's all set in the spring. I kept waiting for it to be summer. I absolutely cannot fathom that no one in the editorial process thought that maybe it was not such a great idea to have such a disconnect between the title and actual book.

My comments are taken from an ARC, which had a lot of spelling inconsistencies (Aiden or Aidan???) and grammatical-type things that I hope were corrected
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book would've gotten at least 4 stars from me if it wasn't for the terrible editing (this was an arc copy so I'm not sure what it's like in the finished copy). I didn't really want to start on a negative note, but it seems that Perry couldn't decide if she liked the spelling Aidan or Aiden better. And then there were quite a few grammatical errors and moments where she referred to Aidan's hands instead of the singular hand. To add to that, I really don't get the relevance of the title or th ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
What to say about the book which doesn't have a correct information the blurb? Aidan was not in Iraq but in Afghanistan. If I did make a mistake, please feel free to correct me.

Based on the cover and title you would say it's about a summer romance between two wounded souls. Well, that's not completely correct. The characters are in fact going to school and there is no summer in this book (except for the title). And the cover is a fail cause it doesn't match the book, at all. Don't get me wrong,
Three and a half stars.

This is a realistic depiction of two teenagers, both with (quite different) disabilities, and the way they connect, and the subsequent effect they have on each others' lives.

The dual narrative style is effective because it is important that we see both points of view, especially when one person is not being as honest with the other as she could be.

Kate's reasons for keeping her diabetes a secret from Aidan (Aiden? That was one part of the novel that annoyed me) may seem i
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! 5 stars, it just flew by! I loved the characters, their honestly, Aidan's openness, Kate's bluntness, and the way they just connected. This was such a cute but hard-hitting story about two people dealing with very different issues and ways of life, but that they still couldn't help their feelings. I can't wait for a relationship like theirs hopefully one day.
I just loved Aidan. His desperation at a certain part of the story, I just needed to read faster to find out what was go
♥ Sarah
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
( actual rating: 2.5 stars )

*I received this ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The cover & title were partially misleading. The story does not actually take place in the summer, but perhaps “summer” was meant to be a metaphor? (I could be reaching here.) Though I’ve never known summer to represent rebirth or growth, that’s kind of how I chose to take it with this book. Whenever I think of summer, I think: endless possibilities, lazy-easy days, breezy night
Alyson {Error Nebula}
Look at the cover. Look at the title. Look at description.
This book sounds like the perfect romantic read?
Not necessary.

Kate and Aidan are both tragedy victims- she has a high-level diabetes, he lost an arm, and a friend.
Each is searching their escape from the situation, until they understand that there's no escape from reality.

At first, I though that Kate breaking up with Sheldon was something to increase the loneliness in her heart. I didn't feel like she really was concerned about the breakup
Courtney LaSalle
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 ★☆
The Summer I Found You
Jolene Perry
Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I think this is a good Ya novel. Could use a few revisions, editing being a major one. This is an ARC copy so I hope the Author is going to fix the editing issues. Grammar, punctuation, run ons, and so forth. The biggest editing issue I saw was with the Heros name Aidan/Aiden. Yes that editing error bugged me more than anything. He is our hero the main guy the author/editor should know how to spell his name of all
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
eARC for Honest Review from Albert Whitman Teen via NetGalley

Well it has been awhile since I read a Jolene Perry book and I am so glad I was able to read this because it reminded me of why I love her books so much. Jolene is able to get to the heart of the matter and picks emotional topics to deal with.

In this book we have Kate who is dealing with her diagnosis of Diabetes and how to live with it while at the same time getting dumped by her perfect boyfriend.

As she is dealing with the break up
Sarah Elizabeth

"Wow. I just had sex with Aidan Connelly. Talk about best distraction ever."

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Kate is not impressed when her boyfriend breaks up with her. Okay she wasn’t expecting them to get married, but he could have waited ‘til after prom!
19-year-old Aidan had his arm blown off whilst in the army, and is now living with his auntie and uncle until he can manage o
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me an eARC copy of this novel!

Before reading this book, I didn't think that I would like it as much as I did. To me, this was just an ordinary romance novel that I would go through, but boy was I wrong! This novel made me feel the feels, and that's what great romance novels are made of.

This novel revolves around Kate and Aiden's story - how they both used each other for escapes at first, and how their relationship slowly blossomed more than that to friendship, t
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read the full review on my blog.

Like all good YA contemporary, this story has a perfectly balanced mix of self-discovery and romance, and combined with its likeable characters and interesting story-line, The Summer I Found You is a great story all around. In a genre that can get too heavy as well as too light, this novel fits into the class of funny but still thought-provoking, which is exactly what I look for in contemporary YA. As a teenager, it was easy to relate to the characters’ struggles
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book. It was a quick, romantic read that will just warm your heart. Also, the cover is beautiful.

The story revolves around Kate, a senior in high school who was dumped by her boyfriend, and Aiden, a recently discharged military soldier. Both are dealing with their own personal issues while trying to navigate through life as anyone else would. They also have to come to terms with the fact that even though they are opposites, they just might be falling for each other.

I enjo
Kelley Lynn
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this puppy in two days. If I didn't need sleep, it would have been one.

Kate and Aiden were perfectly imperfect characters. Everything about them felt real, and the issues they deal with were very well portrayed. I liked how Kate is the one who is afraid to be honest and open (usually, let's face it, it's the guy.) While she's the super talkative young lady, she still holds on to her deepest secrets because she has the ability to hide them. Aiden doesn't. I liked that even though Aiden's
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was really hoping to like this book but in the end I just couldn't get into it. The characters seemed more of complainers more than anything Kate bothered me and I kept rolling my eyes and wanted to slap her. How hard is it to live with diabetes with a healthy diet and good parents who care about you. Yeah she bothered me big time.

The romance was a disappointment for me. Kate seemed to fall for Aiden really quickly and get over her ex even more quickly then I thought. This book was just got f
 Mummy Cat Claire
Book centers around a return soldier who is bitter from loosing an arm and a young lady who struggles with her health.

Content: strong language and sex scene.

I received a copy of the book from Netgalley.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 stars. It was a sweet YA book about a 19 year old veteran who lost his arm and a 17 year old girl who is diabetic. They both fall in love and learn how to deal with their health, limitations, and future.
I reviewed this title with my blog mate, Ana. Our original review can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Initial Thoughts and Rating:

Ana: 3.5 stars.
This was a quick read and I enjoyed the story overall. I think I liked this book m
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I thought the idea was great. Girl with diabetes is struggling after being diagnosed and going through a breakup when she meets a guy who lost a limb while fighting overseas. Guy turns out to be a genuinely nice guy but she doesn't tell him about the diabetes because they just met and she doesn't know when the timing is right. So far so good.

And then....we do a 180 and are all of a sudden finding the girl in the hospital because she t
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