The Low Down: The four-year-long relationship between Ava and Jason is over. Breaking up with her right before their high school graduation ceremonies, Ava is shocked to discover that Cally, the girl that caused the on again/off again portion of their relationship, is back in town. This was supposed to be the best summer of their lives, and it has turned into something else completely.
Then Ava meets Adrian at a frat party. There is an undeniable connection between them, but he’s leaving for a dream job in the fall. Should she take a chance on love? Could she change her plans to include Adrian? Or is clinging to the familiar, including a repentant Jason, the way to go?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: I liked the idea of this book more than the execution. It has an interesting story line, but it did not live up to its potential or synopsis.
I’m Cranky Because: There is a distinct immaturity in the writing. Everything is laid out neatly in a surfacy way; the action is transparent and the ending is clear from page 1. One of my big peeves is present, too: this story is told, not shown. It is easy to say that there is an undeniable attraction between two people, but I don’t believe it if I don’t see it.
There are many inconsistencies as well. For example, Ava doesn’t seem to be that broken up about the break up. We are told she is, but her actions/behavior don’t follow. Other things fall in line with this, from the fact that Ava is an amazing cook (“no one has complained”), yet in four years of dating she has never cooked for Jason. And this is what she wants to major in at college!
She says her mother is overprotective, yet she stays over at Adrian’s house without letting her mom know where she is (and her mother doesn’t ask). There is a lot of list-making and rehashing, too. And, apparently, it is super easy for a high schooler to be served a bottle of wine at an expensive restaurant. This ain’t no Boones Farm girl, either.
As for her family, it seems they are only there to make her look normal. We are told that they are a close family, but there’s nothing there to show this. Adrian is (supposedly) not close to his family, yet, again, I can’t tell.
Then there’s the jealousy monster. Adrian has given Ava no reason to suspect him of being potentially unfaithful, yet she is crazy jealous of a girl that he isn’t even attracted to. Was that the climax?
The Bottom Line: Overall, a lackluster book that calls out for more depth, it also needed to be punched up through another round or so of editing.
A Summer to Remember by Jessica Gunhammer was published today by the Author. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Author.
Genre: New Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Series
You Might Want to Know: As this is classified as New Adult, there could be profanity, sexual situations, drinking and drug use
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