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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Young Adult Contemporary

Macy Diaz has managed childhood friend Jeb Porter’s crush for years. However, his infatuation turns to obsession, even putting a kid in the hospital just for hitting on her. In the past, Macy brushed it off, explained his bizarre acts away. But now she harbors a secret. She’s in love…with Jeb’s sister, Rachel.

By some miracle, Rachel loves Macy back,
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Untold Press, LLC (first published March 10th 2015)
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Sarah
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: source-author
To be completely honest with you guys, I’m not the kind of reader that can stumble across a book with an unfortunate cover and just know without a shadow of a doubt that the book is a diamond in the rough waiting to be discovered. In fact, when I signed up for the book blitz for Summer Confessions, I didn’t bother to sign up for the review slot because I knew I wouldn’t be interested in reading it. I found out how wrong I was when I was finally given my excerpts and giveaway info for the book bl ...more
Miranda
I received a copy via net galley.

I was super excited to receive a ARC of this because I love when authors take a chance with YA and write about the main characters falling for the same sex. Because when I was that age I struggled a lot and never had books about this kinda stuff growing up. So it always makes me sorta giddy that teens today have a much broader romance reading selection. Anywho, I really enjoyed this story it's a real southern charmer, cute, fun, and summery. It might not be for s
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Molli B.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thanks!

4.5

I would say this is half teen romance, half simmering thriller—I certainly spent a good chunk of the second half tense and on the edge of my seat, knowing something bad had to be just around the corner (which is, honestly, one of my favorite states of mind).

The writing was incredibly good. The story, the narrative—all of it. Macy's a teenager in Tennessee, and I had her voice in my head from page two: smart-
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Marisa
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed this one! Vroman had me hooked from the beginning and it was interesting to see how she balanced things between her family, friends and later the larger community. I would love to see a follow up story on Ana, she’s too cute and deserves someone too! Throughout the book, Macy struggles to completely become comfortable in her own skin. Fortunately, Pawpaw is on awesome grandfather and keeps the whole family grounded.

Another thing I appreciated was that though an LGBT book, it was
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Dahlia
Not a ton to say on this one, because I'm so stuck on how misleading the cover is. The blurb is much clearer, so I wasn't so shocked about the content, but coming back to it after finishing the book (which ends at 93% after a cute epilogue) is really jarring. The book is pretty stalkerish and violent, and although it starts as adorably as the cover suggests, it's a pretty intense and scary read, and it feels more like a thriller than a sweet romance to me. But, it is f/f and does have a Puerto R ...more
Melissa Velardi
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The story never gets boring. There are so many twists and turns through the lives of Macy and Rachel that I couldn't stop reading. Perfect summer book. Fabulous!
Samantha Lyon
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A significant number of grownups out there appreciate and admire Young Adult literature. As a genre, it is generally unpretentious, honest and unafraid to examine creative or lesser explored areas of fiction. For this reason, I was genuinely looking forward to reading and reviewing this book, and I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed in the least.

At the heart of this novel is a simple and sweet romance between two teenage girls. Due to the recent Supreme Court ruling that has finally l
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Teresa
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Summer Confessions
Author: Lynn Vroman
Publisher: Untold Press
ISBN: B00TQE806M
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
Macy Diaz has managed childhood friend Jeb Porter’s crush for years. However, his infatuation turns to obsession, even putting a kid in the hospital just for hitting on her. In the past, Macy brushed it off, explained his bizarre acts away. But now she harbors a secret. She’s in love…with Jeb’s sister, Rachel.

By some miracle, Rac
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Bri
What I liked: This story is rooted in the emotions of the characters as the story moves along, and elicited not only joy but fear as well as the story went on for Macy because of Jeb. It's a rather realistic portrayal of not only how bad obsession over another person can take a horrifying turn, but also how coming out as a lesbian in such a small town as the one in the story can be a big deal and how people will treat you after learning if they're not open-minded. Jeb actually becomes a scary ch ...more
Justin
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good story but there where a couple things I didn't like about it also, I was given a copy of this book for review and will cover the good and bad in the spoilers. They will spoil the book if you have not read it.

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Paula  Phillips
From the cover, this book just looks like one of your average light-hearted and fluffy teen novels, the type where it's summer romances and friendships. Inside this book though, it tells a different story and one that I definitely did not see coming my way. The novel starts with introducing readers to Macy Diaz and her family which consists of her mother and grandad. We read as Macy heads out with her group of friends which include Ana - her best friend , Jeb - the guy who has had a crush on Mac ...more
Janet
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer Confessions is a wonderful story. It has all the makings of a great movie. It takes a look at the stereotypes and prejudices associated with same sex relationships, and it addresses the issue of mental illness. It is filled with drama and suspense, and I think it could be classified as a thriller.

This story has a special appeal to me, because it takes place in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. As a native of the area, it was nice to be able to read a book with its setting there.

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Shi'Asia
I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

I was super excited to read a young adult book about LGBT teens. There are not enough LGBT books in the ya range. I especially loved how the synopsis promised a thrilling read. I wasn't disappointed.

Macy Mae is our heroine. A Spanish-American country girl with a secret. Not only is she a lesbian, extremely frowned upon in her small town, but she's always been in love with Rachel, Jeb's younger sister. The issue? Jeb is madly
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Daniela W
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-read
I have read and loved another book by Lynn Vroman, so I was really excited to read this one.

The relationship between Macy and Rachel is really cute and well done. I rooted so much for them and with every step back I felt so bad for them. It’s a really sweet first love story.

But the first half of the book I was so… angry at it. The way Jeb’s character was handled… that is not Jeb’s character but the way the other characters got along with him. The whole time I was reminded of persons who are abus
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Devi Nair
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Summer Confessions is about a couple of young girls who understand their orientation and come forth with it. The story does not go typically about the issues faced for couples of same-sex. It is more of a stalker kind of story.

The character building in the story is really nice. Macy is shown as a confused teenager who did not know she is a lesbian till she developed feelings for her then-boyfriend’s sister, Rachel. Her boyfrien
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Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review when I signed up to host the book tour.

This is the story of a young woman who lives with her mom and grandfather. She's had a secret crush for many years. However; this is not your typical teenage romance and I couldn't help myself from falling in love with this emotional and fast paced storyline that deals with sexual orientation and mental illness. Every single character was well developed and the story remained consistent from beginning to en
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Chasia Lloyd
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ah, yes. F/F romance with flat characters who are having their safety threatened by the mentally ill character b/c he's mentally ill and nothing else. Macy forces Rachel out of the closet despite knowing the danger it will have. Everyone but Macy's grandpa is homophobic and would rather the girls get hurt than admit Jeb needs help. Every southern stereotype you can think of is thrown in. Book falsely leads reader to believe Sevierville, TN is a hotbed of music and feminism and yet somehow neglec ...more
Inked Reads
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
FourStars
This is a quick read that is well written. There are alot of twist and turns and plenty of action to hold your attention.
I like how this book touches on mental ilness and just how serious it can be. As well as how difficult it can be coming out.
There are alot of ups and downs but in the end with love, determination and some good friends they are able to overcome it all and continue on with their dreams.

I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
Amber
Rachel Eliason
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-romance
Summer Confessions was a great story. It sucked me in quickly and kept me going with some heart pounding moments. The only forewarning I would give is this, the title and cover scream quick, light story, but the main obstacle to their love makes it a much more intense read than that. Lesbian romance with a little bit of a thriller subplot.
Peggy
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that you will not be able to put down once you start! Fast paced and well written! Loveable characters and easy to escape into their lives. Emotional roller coaster ride as you're reading. Loved every minute of this book!


*Received for an honest review*
Sarah Mccracken
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only rated this book with four stars because I found it extremely hard to relate to the characters because I'm not a lesbian. I really liked the character development, this author is really good at giving you a picture of the personalities of her characters. I loved how it was short and sweet.
Carol Merfeld
Nice coming of age coming out story. Very good dialog, well written and some good laughs on a serious topic. Great characters of all types.
Alisha Frias
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
I received an ARC copy of this book...and I have to say I really liked it. it was a little different than I normally read. It had quite a bit of drama too. Lynn Vroman has written another great one.
Katya
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-to-review
The author mailed me the ebook version in exchange for an honest review

Honestly, judging from the book's cover I thought it would be a cute-summer-romantic-fun kind of book. But we all know better than to judge the book by its cover, so I went on to reading the synopsis. This was where it got not so much cute and summery. And after reading the book, it turned out to be not exactly what I expected.

The storyline:
the story takes place in a small town where a group of friends who know each other fro
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Angie
I knew I had to read Summer Confessions, not just because of the F/F Romance, but because the description promises a, "If I can't have you, no one can" type of plot! Macy's family has always lived in their small Tennessee town, and they've always been outsiders as the "Mexican" family even though they're really Puerto Rican. Despite that, Macy has the unwanted attention of Jeb who simply won't give up on her, even when it becomes clear that she's in love with his sister. Once that truth comes ou ...more
Jessica
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I'm honestly not entirely sure how I feel about this book after finally finishing it; well, I shouldn't say finally as it really only took me a few days. I guess what I mean by 'finally' would be that I had to force myself to read this book. I would start it...read a few sentences get bored and put it down. Over and over I had to make myself pick it back up because the book has promising bits and pieces and I received an ARC for an honest review.

The southern twang took some getting used to but w
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Krista
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
* I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Macy's secret is more dangerous than she can imagine. She's in love... with a girl named Rachel. Her family isn't exactly ready to hear her secret and neither is the possessive, slightly psychotic older brother of Rachel. Jeb is not entirely stable when it comes to his temper or his "concern" with Macy. He desperately wants Macy to be his. Instead of admitting that she doesn't like Jeb, she fears his temper, and pretends to feign
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Vicky
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summer Confessions is a great young adult book that goes deep with the emotions that many teens deal with and think about.
This book has intensity, drama and suspense that will keep young and older readers turning pages to find out what happens. You will become part of the lives and community in this book.
Find out what happens when friends grow up together in a small town and harbor secrets and obsessions.
Macy holds a secret in her heart and when it comes out will she be accepted and loved?
Sh
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moxieBK
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to moxieBK by: BookBub
I would have never discovered this gem, if it were not for BookBub. For that, I'm eternally grateful. This is probably in the top three YA lesbian coming-of-age books I have read this year, (2015.) Very well written; tight plot; fast read. Truly much enjoyed the characters; and the setting felt real...like the author really knew her subjects. Although this is fiction, the plot did seem believable. There were some edge of your seat scenes; I'm glad it turned out the way it did. Left the reader to ...more
Angela McPherson
Summer Confessions blew me away.The story is fun to read and the storyline fast-paced, which made this book super easy to love. The characters are strong, well-written, and completely believable. Mental illness and the effects that has on the entire family is brought up, and dealt with in the best way. But every story boils down to the romance for me. Did Summer Confessions reach those expectations? No, Summer Confessions exceeded them. Their love was effortlessly flawed with real human emotion. ...more
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Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.

With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings o
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