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My Bittersweet Summer

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Margaret Walsh worked for six years to overcome the trauma she endured at the hands of bullies as a kid, and graduation promises the chance to start over in college and leave the past behind her for good.

What was supposed to be her last summer of fun before moving to Paris turns into a nightmare as her parents announce they're taking over management of a restaurant in the
Paperback, 298 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Gail Carriger
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's a lot more serious than the description sounds and deals with some troubling themes of bullying but in a very sophisticated way. Strangely, the idea of calling it a romance almost trivializes that (and I LIKE romance). It reminded me a lot of On the Fence by Kasie West but I think I liked this one better.
I couldn't finish this one.

The first quarter of this book was a lot of filler.

Conversations and events were repeated with the heroine's BFF. I read the story the first time around, I do not need to revisit it with the BFF.

I understand that Margie went through with the bullies in her childhood, but now she just seemed moody with everyone. I did not really like her. I have NO IDEA why Zachery looked up to her and wanted to be by her. This did not flow for me. It felt like reverse bullying. Zachery
Richelle Robinson
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I had a hard time connecting with the characters of this story. At times I found her to be a little off putting and wanted to tell her to let go. Then I would end up feeling badly for her at times but I wasn't able to fully connect with her character. Plus the hero Zach didn’t do much for me either his whole reasoning for his actions in the past and ‘feelings’ for the heroine didn't sit well for me. I didn’t feel any kind of chemistry between the characters either. I’m picky about YA books and I ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

Ooh la la! this one really worth all the time I’ve absolutely devoured it. This Book came as a total surprise for me I didn’t expected to enjoy it this much.Although I’ve my doubts with this one but still I was curious so I gave it a try, and after reading the first chapter I was totally hooked. It was really a nice plot with dynamic characters and I’ve liked it till the end with a complete smile on my face. :)

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I wouldn't go so far as to say I hated all the characters, but I definitely didn't like every single one of them.

I couldn't understand what Zach saw in Margie. Margie was constantly angry and kept attacking his personality, which for me was an act of bullying. Zach acted like she was this really nice and caring person for teaching him at work when she was insulting him half the time. I also didn't get their talk about 'percentage' of Margie liking him; it just seemed to go up even when Zach did
Jill Heather
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Margaret was horribly bullied by kids (mostly involving dead mice) and eventually got so badly hurt she was hospitalised for a while and her family moved away. She got 6 years of therapy and is ready to go to university in France.

But surprise! Her parents take a job in the first town, giving her 2 days notice so she has no choice but to move with them. She works in their restaurant, owned by the parents of one of the bullies, and they hire the kid, and make her work with him.

You know exactly wh
Michelle Amos
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I spent the beginning of the book thinking what giant assholes the main character's parents were for taking her back to a place where she was horribly traumatized. The middle was...meh. And the end? I literally rolled my eyes at the epilogue. Like, laying in bed and reading my kindle, I rolled them like a teenage girl whose mother just asked her to clean her room. The last two chapters killed me with their terribleness.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-read
Margie was terribly bullied as a child by a group of rich boys. After they caused a head injury that left her hospitalized, her family moved away and she spent the next 6 years in therapy to treat the emotional damage they caused. Even after years of therapy, she's still plagued by stress migraines and panic attacks. Despite this, Margie is an incredibly driven person and her dream is to become a chef. She's received a scholarship to study in Paris and plans to spend her last summer preparing fo ...more
Lexi Divan
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Marge has been bullied when she was younger and spent 6 years in therapy before she became almost human again. Her parents are going home to the town where it all happened doing a favor for the family of one of the boys that bullied her, Zach. It turns out that Zach's parents paid them to keep the situation quiet and bypass lawsuits. Being rich they feel like their son shouldn't face punishment like normal people and pay her medical fees at the same time. That's what they should have done. Inste ...more
A.F. Grappin
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book all around. Not only were the characters shockingly realistic, their actions served themselves, not the plot, not anything else. They remained consistent in who they were throughout (with the exception of the gradual growth necessary to their arcs, of course. ) They grew realistically. Nothing felt forced, and I loved that
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story. Being tortured and bullied by kids and then having to go back to that tells a lot about someones character. Margie has amazing strength and courage. I really enjoyed the whole story. Definitely recommend.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a free young adult romance a girl who is traumatized by the morning of others returns to the town where it happened she runs into one of the tormentors and by the time of the end of the summer do you have found forgiveness in a new laugh very nice book
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't remember what originally made me purchase this book, but it's been sitting on my Kindle a while, and when I recently noticed that Gail Carriger had given this a 5-star review, I knew I had to give it a shot.

I like that this book really emphasizes the awfulness of bullying. It wasn't just some schoolyard shoving around or name-calling - among other things, they used to throw dead mice at her. She suffered a near-fatal head injury trying to escape her tormentors. Since it's narrated from
Rachel Barnard
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Margie was bullied relentlessly as a child. It was only when her family moved that she was able to slowly recover and become a stronger and more put together person. It took her six years to gain back her confidence and decrease her panic attacks, but it takes all of one look at the boys who were her biggest tormentors to tear down all the defenses she’d built up. She needs a letter of recommendation from the new chef at the restaurant her parents work at, so she can’t just leave. One boy in par ...more
K.J. White
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Melissa Simmons
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow I really loved this story. And as a victim of childhood bullying myself, I wasn't sure how I'd react to it. I'm so glad I took the chance, though, because despite the tears I shed while reading, I enjoyed it immensely. The story is poignant and captivating, the characters are engaging and real-flawed but lovable despite their negative aspects. This is a book about second chances and finding who you were always meant to be despite the ways we can stand in our own way at times. It was beautifu ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Some already know I'm a big Starla fan. I was not disappointed with this one. The books flows well. Plot was clear. Even though it expanded over just a few months it never felt dull. Happy ending that wasn't completely obvious from the beginning. I couldn't help but fall in love with the main characters to Zach and Margaret. Margaret was somewhat of an underdog who matured and stood up to her bullies. And Zach for his personal growth and desire to right his wrong as best as he could. This is a g ...more
Janet Hammons
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 emotionally amazing stars

This book is amazing. I went through every emotion possible on the rollercoaster journey I shared with these brilliant characters. Zach was the definition of spoiled rich boy but people change. Margie's story, sadly happens daily to children everywhere. The emotional tale of her childhood and her trying to over come it kept me at the edge of my seat with anticipation. A must read. Love it.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! What an intense book. I felt it long after I finished reading it. I was so happy Margie got a happy ever after and with the person she least expected it to be. My heart broke for Margie and what she endured as a child and hated that she had to face those horrible memories, but she did it so well. She taught me a thing or two about my own anxiety. This is a really good book that touches on friendship, pain/bullying, forgiveness, learning to let go, strength, and love.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again Huchton delivers! This is one of the best young adult books I've read in a couple years. It has all the necessary pieces required to finish the puzzle. It has the excitement, it has a great story line, well developed characters, it's well written and flows smoothly. I highly recommend this book to any reader, fantastic read for the summer.
Selena Lang
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, new-adult
This was a pretty good book. I Liked the characters and the story line and that the relationship took time to develop. The hero was doubt about that, but he was likable and improved over the course of the book.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a cute book. Very YA though. The two main characters just graduated from high school going into college. You can definitely tell this by their maturity level. Still a very cute book and I would recommend that you read it.
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to come.
Sharon Luo
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was really nice and sweet.The only problem I felt the author tried to cut the was still really nice though
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

What a great book. Well written, great story and the characters are sweet. Its a lesson to all if us.....seconds are worthy.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2016
Afterthought rating: 3.5 stars
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
3 1/4 stars.
Kathryn James
It was good

I liked it it was very good I loved the plot line and the characters I liked the way it was written very much
Jul 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
a sappy love story mixed with panic attacks
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A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. She is a three-time finalist for Parsec Awards for her podcast fiction work, and was the first place winner for Science Fiction & Fantasy in the Sandy competition in 2012. Her work spans science fiction, fantasy, New Adult Romance, Young Adult titles, Steampunk, Contemporary, and various other varietie ...more
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