Book Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

February 17, 2014

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not change or affect my views in any way.

Publisher: Albert Whitman Teenthe summer i found you by jolene perry
Release Date: 1st March 2014
Series: N/A
Pages: 256
Source: For review via Netgalley and the publisher – thank you!

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Goodreads Summary: “Jolene Perry’s THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU, about a teenage girl trying to cope with her new diagnosis of type one diabetes and a teenage male veteran who is learning how to embrace his new life after losing an arm, who come together by using each other as an escape, only to discover through love and struggle that your life is what you make of it.”

When I stumbled across The Summer I Found You on Netgalley, the pretty cover was the first thing that drew me towards it. Then I read the synopsis and suddenly found myself hitting the ‘read now’ button and downloading a copy straight to my Kindle.

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. The first thing that I have to point out is that this book doesn’t actually take place in the summer. I don’t really know what to say about that, other than, don’t judge a book by its title. Or its cover. The cover doesn’t have a great deal to do with the story. It’s just pretty to look at. And I’m not sure if this is an issue because the copy I read was in galley form, but the grammar in this book wasn’t great. It really stilted the flow of the story, and definitely impeded my enjoyment of the book overall.

Kate’s view on her Diabetes drove me absolutely up the blinking wall. Seriously, Kate? You don’t want people knowing that you’re diabetic? I honestly cannot understand why she was so against people finding out about it, and her complete disregard to how important her control and treatment was was enough to send me round the twist. I just wanted to climb into my kindle and tell her that she was no different to anyone who didn’t have Diabetes, so long as she controlled it and didn’t do anything stupid. (Which she did. OF COURSE SHE DID. Gah.) Aiden/Aidan (it varied throughout the book) was a pretty nice character though. I liked him a lot more than I liked Kate, I thought he was a really great guy who didn’t deserve to be kept in the dark for as long as he was.

I know it seems like I’ve ranted a lot about The Summer I Found You, but if it was polished up a little, it would be a total gem of a book. Yes, Kate wound me up like crazy, but just because I dislike a character doesn’t mean I’ll dislike the entire book. The plot was pretty simple, but it was a quick, easy read that I managed to fly through in an evening when I was desperate for a distraction.

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