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The Summer of Us

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  126 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Poppy
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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
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 ...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.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! v cute and exactly what i needed


apparently this is a sapphic travel romance??? sign me the fuck up
Candace Robinson
After finishing Seven Days of You by the author, I knew I had to check out her other book because I loved SDOY one so much! Also, a book about backpacking across Europe to different cities sounded freaking amazing!

In this book there are two POVs and two different couples which I seriously adored! Rae and Clara were probably my favorites! I also really loved Gabe and Aubrey's connection. My one main issue was that Aubrey had a boyfriend to begin with who is friends with all four of them, so that
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.
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"
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Oct 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Wouldn't even give it 1 star because it's so bad. Only good part was when I finished because it was such a pain to get through. I forced myself to read it because otherwise I would have wasted my money.

Do not fall into the same mistake as me. Do not waste your money on this book. It is not worth it.

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
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
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
Vicky Who Reads
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
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!
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
Look I was here for the gay, and I was annoyed by the amount of straight angst I had to suffer through.

Okay but actually being serious - I was just expecting more. Also I was really only invested in Clara and Rae (and not just because they were the only queer characters), Jonah was bland, I had mixed feelings about Gabe, and Aubrey annoyed the hell out of me.

This was fine. It was fun enough. But it just wasn't anything special.
Kath (Read Forevermore)
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
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
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 withwho the characters are in the beginning, maybe showing a few
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
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2019
This book was so cute! It is about 5 friends graduating high school and taking a two week trip around Europe before they all go off to college. They will all be changed people from when they started the trip and when they boarded their plane home. It made me so nostalgic. The end made me tear up of how you are sad to leave your friends for college but excited about your new life at the same time. Of course there was some romance and drama. :)
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
*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
Raina M.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Enjoyed this travelogue, YA romance friendship story a lot,
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  ·  review of another edition
This book was good, it was more of a higher reading level for young adults but I still enjoyed it.
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