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The Summer of Us

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  109 reviews
A swoon-worthy story about five best friends on a whirlwind trip through Europe, perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

American expat Aubrey has only two weeks left in Europe before she leaves for college, and she’s nowhere near ready. Good thing she and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last group trip across the continent. From Pari
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Paperback, 311 pages
Published June 14th 2018 by Poppy (first published June 5th 2018)
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☆High Lady of The Night Court☆
Outside the window, the gray and brown buildings of London started disappearing behind them. Like a sped-up movie reel. Like the world on fast-forward.

I need someone to explain to me why I feel so happy about this ending even though I knew exactly what was going to happen.

I flew through this book and loved the fact that the story revolves around a group of friends. Each of them had very different personalities, different problems, and each character added more clarity to the story. The book s
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ellie
This book is like a train ride. As in, you start at the beginning, and you’re introduced to these characters and their histories and you’re sort of overwhelmed with everything (just how you feel when you’re on a platform, getting on the train). Then you’re on the journey itself, and you see their paths unravel in front of you like you’re watching roads/trees/ towns pass by in the window. And you can’t do anything about the way the train just passes them by, so all you can really do is sit back a ...more
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Any book that has a plot even remotely similar to ANY element of the 2011 Selena Gomez movie 'Monte Carlo', I'm going to read, no question.
emma
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! v cute and exactly what i needed 💕

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apparently this is a sapphic travel romance??? sign me the fuck up
Kate (GirlReading)
3.75* A lovely story of growing up, growing apart and the discovery that those things don’t necessarily mean leaving everything behind.

Although this didn’t entirely meet my expectations, the brilliant European/train setting, adorable f/f romance and exploration of friendship, made this an overall enjoyable read.
Dahlia
This is not for people who are like "OMG the characters were so dramaaaaatic," but as I have no problem with that, I thought this book was lots of fun. Chemistry, travel, and gayness - I'm here for it.
prag ♻
An alternate blurb: "Miscommunication! Shallow and self centered characters! Jealousy! Plot that makes no sense at all!"

The Good Stuff: Sapphic best friends to lovers, Prague, "Rae came to prom alone because her date was the patriarchy and she killed it"
Brianna
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I’m somewhere between 3.5 and 3.75 stars on this one but for review purposes I marked it as 3. I’m not sure how memorable I would say this book is and it was frustrating at times, but I can honestly say all the characters eventually grew on me and I think Vinesse captured the fragility of that leaving-before-college mindset with Europe as the backdrop. I just want to read all the travel books. All of them.
Hallie
Thank you to The NOVL for a free review copy for promotional purposes.

The Summer of Us is a whirlwind, travelogue adventure about 5 best friends and the trip that changes everything. Aubrey has always been a careful planner and a prepared student, but this European trip is testing her organizational and personal skills. Rae is spontaneous and determined to move on from high school but she’s hoping for a little summer romance with one of her friends before she starts college. Aubrey and Rae have
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dezzy
4 stars.

The Summer of Us was such a quick read for me; I read it in basically one day, haha. It's such a sweet, fluffy, heartwarming, yet emotional book, and I honestly enjoyed it a lot! Although it wasn't the most thought-provoking or "deep" book, I still loved it because I need to read fluffy and lighthearted contemporaries every once in a while.

In The Summer of Us, five friends (Aubrey, Rae, Clara, Gabe, and Jonah) are traveling together across Europe, enjoying each other's company before th
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Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Aubrey has only two weeks left before she leaves for college so she decides to go on a trip around Europe with her friends – Gabe, Clara, Rae, and Jonah. Visting places such as Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Prague they plan to spend two weeks having the times of their lives before they all go their separate ways going to college and university across the world. When secrets are revealed, their carefree adven
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Vicky Who Reads
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3 stars

In some ways, this totally lived up to my expectations, while in others, it was a little lackluster.

The star of the show for me was the character dynamics. During the first third, I was a little hesitant because it felt like everything was going to be botched up--the men would mansplain things and everything would just go terribly, horribly wrong--but it ended up actually being okay in the end.

The way the characters worked with each other felt very realistic by the time the conclusion cam
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Hollie (Hollieblog)
When this came in the post, I felt a little giddy. Wrapped in a crisp world map with some string, and a fake boarding pass to Prague, was The Summer of Us, a serious yet exciting debut about the changing of friendships as you get older, told during one last summer trip through Europe.

I went into this feeling excited about a contemporary on travel, not that they're hard to come by, but after just coming back from Prague and desperate go back out there again, I really felt like this book had come
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Stacey (prettybooks)
The Summer of Us was the first book from my summer TBR. Aubrey has two weeks before she leaves for college. She and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last trip across Europe to explore famous museums, sip champagne in fancy restaurants, and eat as many croissants as possible.

Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.

Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review!
Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
Thank you so much to The Novl for sending me an ARC of The Summer of Us to review!
Larosenoire299
I always dream of having a group of friends gallivant around the globe for a summer break like those in The summer of us. It would be so much fun that you won't forget. Well, it is summer and I’ve been in a contemporary mood as of late so I was excited to dive in this book. IT's a light-hearted and fluffy read.

The characters felt real and relatable, the story was nolstagic, the cinematic portions of the book were vivid and fun. This story follows a group of five friends on the trip around Europ
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Kath (Read Forevermore)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-arcs, reviews
An arc of this book was sent to me by Little Brown Young Readers in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this book, even more than I expected! I practically flew through this book, which is quite a feat because I have found myself in an actual reading slump as of late. This book was a perfect mixture of cute, sweet, and heartbreaking.

In this book I've learned some important messages, whether intentionally put there by the author or not, that no matter how
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Fran
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, summer-2018
I wasn't a huge fan of the majority of the characters in this book which is why it took me so long to read it. They weren't bad people but they were all just complete stereotypes and I didn't care what happened to them, which is never good as a reader. Also I really didn't like Jonah. (view spoiler) ...more
Pauline
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Summer of Us is exactly what the title suggests. It is a story of “us” – a group of high school friends who have just finished school, and before they head off on their separate ways to different universities they have a summer holiday in Europe. Best friends, two of them have been planning this holiday since they were 10. Of course, the plans and expectations that you have when you are 10 are vastly different with the reality as young adults. Fractures appear within the group and relationsh ...more
Natalia
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars! I can say I actually enjoyed reading this book (more than I expected).

I really love books with summer travelling themes so I decided to give it a try. It’s about 3 girls and 2 guys who decided to travel around Europe before college is gonna start. They visit Paris, Amsterdam, Prague or Florence, Rome, Barcelona… The story is actually about their friendship and love. I wish that Vinesse had gone a little more in depth with who the characters are in the beginning, maybe showing a few qui
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Claire  (Jst1MoreChapter)
This was a quick and easy read for me, although it's not the cute effortless book I thought it would be...

I warmed to a lot of the characters, but it just felt a bit clumsy

So we've got the love triangle, the cheating boyfriend, the gay couple, and relationship pairings within a very small group of friends... and the characters were pretty stereotypical

I liked Gabe the most, the brooding hipster

And I surprisingly liked Rae and Clara's relationship the most, there were no real complications or dra
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Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
*Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read a review*

Okay, first of all can I just point out how freaking gorgeous this cover is? It's so pretty and some of my favorite colors and I just love it. Okay, now on to the actual contents of this book, haha! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even more than I expected! I practically flew through it, despite working most of yesterday. It was cute, and sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time. Any good contemporary I feel
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Raina M.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book, was a really god book about love, discovering, and friendship. It had some plot twists and words that would be suitable for people in at least seventh grade. If you enjoy a good book about love, finding out about yourself, and summer goodbyes, then this book is the right one for you.
Trisha
Enjoyed this travelogue, YA romance friendship story a lot,
Pauline
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really related to this book. Full review upon release
Maddy C
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was good, it was more of a higher reading level for young adults but I still enjoyed it.
Arrow Nox
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
3/10 OR 2/5 STARS

Okay, so here’s the thing: this book had huge potential. There were so many things that could’ve gone right in this book, but the problem? None of them did. By a mile and a half, this was the most disappointing read of this year for me.

For a little bit of background, I picked up this book solely based on it’s amazing cover and added it to my TBR. Soon enough, I saw that the entire world of bookstagram was reading it, and it was one of the hottest (Pun? Pun.) books of summer. To
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Charlotte Burns
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Summer of Us is a YA contemporary about a group of friends who go travelling around Europe together for ten days before heading their separate ways to university. Rae and Aubrey have been planning this trip since they first met as kids, but back then they didn’t know they’d be joined by Aubrey’s boyfriend Jonah, the guy she kissed (Gabe), and the girl Rae has a huge secret crush on (Clara), which all adds up to a lot of tension. A lot can happen in ten days.
Aubrey is the organised one of th
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Joya
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First full review of the year, how exciting! I received an early copy of this book and let me tell you it was amazing. It comes out in June of 2018 and I highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of contemporary ya and looking for a lighthearted read that does talk about the hard parts of growing up.

Now let us get into the review.

The Characters

Aubrey: I don't mean to be that person, but Aubrey reminded me a lot of myself. I'm not exactly sure why, but she did and I'm unsure whether or not
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Jena
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you Little Brown Young Readers and The Novl #lbyrpartner for sending me a copy to read and review!!!

“She realized that these were the things she was worried about forgetting — these small familiar pieces of her old life. These fragments of things she would never get back again.”

Aubrey and Rae have been planning this trip around Europe since sixth grade. Along with their friends, Clara, Jonah, and Gabe, they are going to drink champagne, eat croissants, and tour every museum they can. Nothi
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