Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The Summer After You and Me

Written by: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Published by: Sourcebooks fire
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?
For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her coastal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.

Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

My Rating: 4/5

I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing and easy this book was to read, I breezed right through it and finished it over night because it was so perfectly light. I'm not going to lie the first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover, it drew me in completely, then when I sat back and read the blurb my interest was officially piqued. The Summer After You and Me follows Lucy as she tries her hardest to stop her world crumbling around her after the intense Sandstorm Sandy obliterates everything, including her heart. 
I've dissected and relieved each second we were together so many times that it's like there's a permanent PowerPoint slide show in my brain.
Firstly, I need to get off my chest of how much I loved the main character Lucy. She is genuinely so relateable and developed, that I couldn't help but imagine her perfectly in my head. She is so fierce yet so vulnerable I could connect with her straight away. I loved that about her and Lucy is one of main reasons why I got sucked into the story, I just needed to find out if she would find her happily ever after. 
However, if I a being completely honest the characters were not the most significant aspect to the story. The thing that stood out most for me with this book was the writing style. It is just so light and beautiful and I honestly felt that it reflected the story in that way. It was so clear and desctiptive and so emotionally wrought that it created a mini movie in my mind, one that I could not stop watching.
"I just knew. Like knowing a wave is perfect before it's fully formed. You feel it on some other level. You just know."
Overall, there were times when I got really fustrated within this book, mainly with Lucy's twin Liam, but that is a sign as too how much I loved it. No matter how frustrated and impatient I got I could not stop reading, I had to forgo sleep just so I could read that little bit more. It was tiring but extremely worth sticking with it. Unlike most YA contemporaries, the relationship wasn't even the forefront of  the story. Instead it was Lucy and her overcoming her personal worries before everything else which I just loved because it was a little twist on a kinda played out story.

The Summer After You and Me