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Someone Else's Summer

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,279 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Anna's always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm's summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever—which includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy I ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Running Press Kids
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Tina Haigler
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway.

To be honest, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book. It's a YA contemporary and, considering the premise, I figured it would be a tearjerker. I was wrong. There are some sad moments but nothing like what I was expecting.

The main character, Anna, was kind of being an angry, bratty, drama queen at first. Anger and sadness are to be expected with a death but I feel like her anger was misdirected, for the wrong reasons, and a
Beatrice Masaluñga
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, young-adult
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Someone Else's Summer is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Anna whose older sister died in a car accident on her graduation night. Storm is a cancer survivor and she looks up to her for being brave. When she found Storm's bucket list and goes on a road trip with Storm's best friend, Cameron. In honor of her sister's memory, she'll fulfill the things listed on Storm's bucket list.

To be honest, it's quite an up and down for me. The story i
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

On the night of Storm's graduation from high school she insists on driving herself home and is killed in a one car accident. Storm's younger sister Anna and her parent's get that dreaded phone call and their life changes forever. After the funeral and some time passes Anna's parents tell Anna that it is time to sell Storm's car. This upsets Anna and she tells her parent's that she would like to keep it. Then her mother announces that she doesn't want Anna d
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
The cover is what drew me in. It's very nostalgic:) This was a sweet contemporary coming of age story. After Anna's sister dies, she finds a notebook of what Storm's perfect summer would have been. So Anna decides to live this out for her with the help of Storm's best friend, Cameron. I loved the premise but I never felt a connection with the story. I liked Anna well enough but even though Cameron was also in the main story, I felt I didn't get to know him. He seemed like a good guy, too. As far ...more
Hedi [ The Dutch Reader ]

*A copy was given to me by Netgally for a honest review*

"#15 Be brave with my life"

This was everything and more. A heartbreaking and warming story about a girl who loses her best friend, her other half.. her sister. Anna lost her sister right after gratuation and her life just stood still. She doesnt know were to begin, everything was going well.. her sister was healthy again and now this a simple car accident took her from everything. In the s
Book that seems predictable but has a twist ending. Made me think about what would be on my list of things I would want to do before I die. Overall an easy read.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.
Review of Someone Else's Summer by Rachel Bateman, @rachelbatemanbooks on IG.
Rating: 5/5 stars.
I was sent this copy via Netgalley to review.
I have no words to describe how I'm feeling right now. As I am writing this, it is half past one in the morning and I am crying so much. I mean, I've cried every single page of this book, and that's crazy. I've never cried this much! Maybe it's because I kinda feel close to the situation described here (that I will tell you in a minute), or maybe just becau
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Got a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This book gave me a summer-feeling, and I even forgot the hars subject of a sister dying at some points. It was a nice read. Not the greatest ever, but I enjoyed reading it.

This review was first posted on BiteIntoBooks Blog

Summerfeeling: The book gave me a real summerfeeling. The title of the book totally fits it and I love the scenery where the story takes part. At some points I could even smell the sea and it made me l
Irena BookDustMagic
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, how cool the author's surname is?! It's almost like Batman, but with E in between.
And now... let's get into the book...

This book is perfect for summer (ok, I know I'm late, but you can always read it on a sunny day, even if it's not summer, or maybe save it for next year?), and it's perfect combination of serious and emotional with lovely and swoon worthy.

The story follows Anna who lost her sister Storm. One day she finds her sister's bucket list, and along with Storm's best friend
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"I can live my life, I think. Even without her, I can live my life. She'll be with me forever, the one I want to tell my life to first, the one who will shape my future without a word."


(This book was given to me to read through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review!)

I reaaaally loved this book. It's become obvious now that I love books with adventure in them.
This contained an adventure in the process of bereavement.
It's about Anna who has lost her sister
This was a decent read. It was really captivating from the start, I loved how Mrs. Bateman put the accent on the characters rather than the plot. Anna's character development was an awesome experience, but I have to say that the best part of it all is Mrs. Bateman's ability to put emotion into her work. The text in it's entirety emits emotion and lingers, simply asking for a reread.
It's a great coming of age, character development story that deserves a place on the shelves of YA fans.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, arc-2016
The idea behind this book is great. What's not to love about a redemptive find-yourself-in-your-dead-sister's-diary-romantic-summer-road-trip story?

For the first time since she's been gone, I think maybe I can do this. I can figure out how to live my life.

I liked a lot about this book. I liked the theme of finding yourself and who you are, of how to go on with your life while you're grieving. The road-trip was sweet, as was the romance that (unsurprisingly) develops between Anna and Cameron on
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
*I was provided with a copy of this novel by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

A coming-of-age summer read about grief, love, and adventure.

"Someone Else's Summer" by Rachel Bateman is a quick read about a young girl named Anna whose older sister Storm has died in a tragic car crash. To honor her sister, she sets out to complete Storm's bucket list with Storm's best friend Cameron, who also happens to be the boy next door.

The thing I liked most about this book is the writing. It's not e
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was great! The examination of Anna's and Cameron's grief over Storm's death was well done and the ending was quite a shocker. I loved going on Anna's journey to self-discovery, loved the idea of gong on a road trip to finish a bucket list (something I really want to do) and I really enjoyed reading about the adventures Anna and Cameron got into on their road trip. I like the fact that the author added a plot twist a
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can you fall in love with a book because of its dedication? Because that's when I first knew I was going to enjoy Someone Else's Summer. I cautioned myself to actually start reading the book before judging it, but, it turns out, I was right. I enjoyed this book of road trips and love finally realised, summer lists, larger-than-life big sisters, shared memories, shared grief, and unanswered questions. Someone Else's Summer was refreshing and fun.

Anna's sister was tragically killed in a car accide
Alyssa Collins
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very slow in the beginning but picked up towards the middle. It definitely held my attention, as it is a lengthy book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult books or romance novels. The story is about a young girl, Anna, who loses her sister in a car accident. One day going through her sister's things she finds a list, almost like a bucket list, of things her sister wanted to accomplish this upcoming summer. Anna takes it upon herself to try and complete the ...more
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Anna's world collapsed when her big sister dies in a tragic car accident. Although the years on High School, Anna and her sister were not so close as were when they were little Anna found her self to remember all the memories of their childhood in order to feel her close again.
After some weeks of Storm's funeral Anna found a list that her sister made for the summer before college. A list that she never completed.
So Anna decide to complete this list for her sister's sake and asked for Cameron (
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This book was pretty much everything you can expect from a summer read. It was light, totally unrealistic and a really fast read. Even though that from the synopsis you may think that the book has some actual death, it was as light as possible. Anna's sister dies and the song is about her trying to cope with her death. But after the first 50 pages she totally forgets about her sister, because she is too busy sleeping with her sister's best friend. Seriously her sister died a couple of weeks ago ...more
Beatrice Rivers
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

What can I say? I was hooked. This book was one of the few that touched my heart and, through all the drama between Storms death and Anna’s family coping with it, I wanted for Anna and Cameron to find a way to say goodbye properly – they did just that.
I love the bucket list idea.
15: Be brave with my life.
This was an inspirational book in some ways, not that I’m saying that running off with the boy next door and g
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yikes I totally forgot that I read two years ago... but also three stars is wayyy generous 🤣
Shae Petersen
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a lovely concept and reminded me of Jodi piccoults my sister so keeper. I really enjoyed Cameron and Anna’s romance. The road trip and the list that they were setting out to achieve was really cute. I found it heartbreaking what happened to storm and how Anna found out. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I really liked reading this book. It was a quick and easy read. Unfortunately, I did have some problems with it but overall it was a good read.

It was a little bit sad learning about Anna. All her life, she had looked up to her strong older sister and followed in her footsteps. Now, without Storm, Anna was lost. When she found the list, she was adamant she had to finish it for her sister. She was hoping she'd be able to continue follow
I really, really enjoyed and liked this book. What I mainly liked about it was the realism. To me, in most books that usually deal with losing a loved one (like a sibling), all it takes is falling in love for them to magically forget their grief. Their grief only comes out here and there, like a "oh, yeah, that should also happen," but this story doesn't do that. The death of Anna's sister Storm compels her to go on this journey in figuring out her sister, herself, and trying to sort through the ...more
2.75 (fairly generous) stars. I had high hopes for this one, since the beginning started out promisingly summery & cute (despite the obvious heavy moments) and every once in a while, there was a shining moment of great writing, but the overall story just fell sadly flat. The whole book was in desperate need of better, tighter editing, which I honestly think could have saved it. Characters were all over the place, mood swings came out of nowhere & left just as randomly, the intense zero-to-infini ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Rosemary
Cover Story: Splish Splash
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 9
Talky Talk: Straight Up: Summer Edition
Bonus Factors: Road Trips, The Boy Next Door, Bucket Lists
Relationship Status: Let's Hit the Road

Read the full book report here.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a delightful read. 1. After Anna's sister died Anna finds her summer bucket list and decides to do it. 2. Cameron, her next door neighbor, goes with her. 3. Both characters are a lot of fun.
4. The book makes you want to make your own list. 5. It is an epic road trip. 6. There are some unexpected twists at the end of the book. 7. It is a journey of love and healing. 8. Worth the read.
Emily Chernisky
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The relationship between Anna and Cameron was too cute to ignore. How sweet he was to her and how much he cared about her sister, never once allowing Anna to feel alone about Storms passing. This books depicts an unfortunately popular picture of the ways a person might grieve. Anna's mindset after her sister's death was so different than before her sister's death, according to the characters within the book. This teen fiction book will bring you to tears, in more ways than I could count (grief, ...more
Daphnee (daphneereads)
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for an advanced free ebook copy. Someone else's summer by Rachel Bateman was wonderful! It made me fall in love and cry and scream. Anna lost her sister in a car accident and she's learning to cope with life after her death. It includes a road trip and I love road trips books! Great contemporary book!
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
NetGalley review – Released date 9th May 2017

Definitely a perfect summer read to pick up! The plot follows Anna who when she was young felt like the third wheel for her sister Storm and best friend Cameron until she drifted away from the life she lived with the pair and made her own life. Then unexpectedly Storm passes away and Anna feels even more lonely then she did before. Feeling like she didn’t know her sister anymore she finds a list in a journal off Storms way to have a perfect summer and
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy via the publishers on netgalley.

The death of Anna's sister rocks everyone. She's battled cancer and been this unique being in all there lives but Anna felt as though she didn't really know much about her within the past few years of them growing apart in highschool. It happens a lot with families, a drift within them wanting to find yourself and not being the shadow that slowly follows behind. Anna finds a bucket list summer list that her sister had made before she passed and s
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Rachel Bateman is a writer and editor who spends too much time thinking she can out bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: She can’t.) She lives in the middle of Montana, but dreams of the South. Rachel is the owner of Metamorphosis Books, an author services company offering formatting and interior layout for independent authors. When not writing, editing, or reading books, she can be found playing with he ...more

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