The Summer I Found Youby Jolene Perry Published 01 Mar 2014
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All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.
Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
"The Summer I Found You" Reviews
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My belief is that if you want to write an effective story about fatal illnesses, you don't want your story to be too short. I feel that 250 pages is too short for a book that deals with these types of topics as they do call for more detail and emotional build ups. The Summer I Found You held a lot of potential though was failed by the execution. (Read: lack of depth and unlikable narrator.)
I loved the idea of a girl with Type 1 Diabetes and a guy with only one arm coming together--though I knew it was going to be extremely hard to nail down seamlessly. Ever since Kate was diagnosed with diabetes, she feels annoyed at everyone for treating her like a fragile glass doll. Afraid to hurt her, always checking on her because of her diabetes. She's sick of it. She doesn't want to go to the doctor for check ups, she's sick of all the empathetic looks. I liked Kate at the beginning, she seemed like a convincing teen who just wanted her life back. But when she started recording different numbers for her blood pressure onto her notebook for her doctor, my opinion of her flipped. She clearly does not now how fatal diabetes can get without the correct treatment. She thinks if she can fool the doctor and her parents, she'll be able to fool her illness as well. Even when her parents get worried sick, her motives do not change. Kate, darling, use your brain while you still can, diabetes is no joking matter.
The romance was pretty half-hearted as well. I did not feel the chemistry at all, I wanted more of a build up or something that could make it more realistic. I found myself skimming most of the romance parts because it was not the slightest bit fascinating.
Overall, a really dissatisfying novel with poor characters, romance and depth. I wouldn't recommend it.
~Thank you Albert & Whitman for sending me this copy!~
This is my third Jolene Perry book and I have to say I think she is a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed The Summer I Found You and had a hard time putting it down.
Kate is dealing with being broken up with and her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. Aidan is struggling with losing is his arm in Afghanistan and what to do now that he won't a lifer in the Army. When Aidan's cousin introduces the two they see each other as nothing more than a distraction from the things in their lives. Over time though they grow to be much more than that.
I really like Kate. She wasn't perfect at all and maybe kind of annoying but I still thought that was relatable. She was dealing with a breakup she didn't see coming and a diagnosis she hasn't accepted. While she was super irresponsible with her Diabetes I think it was her just not coming to terms with it and a lot of that has to do with age/maturity level which I can see happening.
Aidan not only had to deal with losing his arm which is huge in itself but the Army was his life plan. He needs to figure out what to do next. One thing that I loved about Aidan was his relationship with his mom. While he has to love with his aunt and uncle he visited his mom a lot and they had such a cute bond.
Kate and Aidan at first were so unsure of each other. Kate blurts out the first thing on her mind all the time which actually seems to be endearing to Aidan. Everyone one is watching what they say or pretending that he doesn't have one arm and I think Kate just talking and asking questions actually makes him a bit more comfortable overall. I liked how the relationship developed and they realized that they actually had feelings for each other and weren't just distractions.
I had two issues with the book though. One, I wish Kate would have just opened up about her diabetes with Aidan. I mean come on, he has gone through a lot her will understand. Two, the book is not set in summer and I don't remember the beach being a thing. That cover and title don't make sense!!! Still, those are totally minor things. I read this super quick and really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the romance.This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog
So, I've spent the last four hours reading this entire book and wondering a few things:
1. Is it Aidan or Aiden? (Seriously? This is so obvious it's not even Writing 101. It's like Common Sense 101: You should know how to spell your own character's name.)
2. Did this book not have betas? Because it has legitimately the worst grammar and punctuation I've seen in any book, ever. Someone teach Jolene Perry how to use a comma... and apostrophes... and question marks... and proper sentence structure (e.g. "I'm one of the girls who roll her eyes every day they wear their cute little uniforms." This sentence should be either referring to the speaker herself: "I'm one of the girls who rolls her eyes..." or referring to 'the girls' as a group: "I'm one of the girls who roll their eyes..." And I'm not just being picky here; there were so many sentences with such poor wording that I had to read them twice or three times just to figure out what they were trying to say). I realize that what I read was a galley and all of this could be fixed by the time the final version is published, but I sincerely doubt it. Galleys should not have even been sent out with the book in this condition. You know that feeling that you used to get in high school when you had to critique someone else's paper, and all you wanted to do was rewrite every other sentence to make it flow better and actually, you know, follow the rules of the English language? That was how I felt throughout this whole book.
And 3. What is with that cover? It's not relevant to the book at all. Neither, for that matter, is the title. The book does not even take place in the summer. It takes place during the school year, because how else would we have been forced to sit through the *totally* traumatic experience of seeing Kate's ex-boyfriend with his stereotypical new cheerleader girlfriend, or the actually traumatic experience of visualizing Kate lying on the disgusting school bathroom floor, poking herself with a needle? (For a girl who complains about feeling "gross" because she has a disease, she sure didn't seem that horrified to be basically guaranteeing herself an infection of some kind by getting the needle that close to all the bacteria that's definitely partying down there).
These things aside-- though it really is difficult for me to brush off the grammar thing-- the book was okay. The story was not bad, but the execution was. Kate and Aidan/Aiden were both self-absorbed, but what bothers me the most is that Aidan is self-absorbed in a way that makes it seem like he is that way because of how much he ~cares for someone else~ and Kate is self-absorbed in a way that makes you want to slap her. We're supposed to believe that Aidan/Aiden won't go see his sergeant's wife because of how much he thinks he failed him, or her, but in reality he won't go see her because he doesn't want to be reminded of it. Or at least that's what I got out of it. I just-- why attempt to give the male character an excuse for his selfishness, but not the female character? This way it just gives people a reason to blame the girl for the book's failures. People now get to say that she was annoying and whiny and narcissistic [spoilers removed], while he was caring and gentle and suffering from his traumatic past [spoilers removed].
I'm also not entirely sure why this was classified as New Adult, as there wasn't anything any more mature than, say, Twenty Boy Summer or Saving June. Is it because the love interest is-- le gasp-- nineteen? The fragile young readers of YA lit certainly can't handle a nineteen-year-old love interest! He's practically middle-aged!
Sorry, I'm getting into snark territory. I'm just kind of annoyed because this had the potential to be a good novel that brought some diversity to contemporary YA lit (a heroine with diabetes and a hero missing an arm? Two people who aren't physically perfect falling in love? Sure, sign me up), but it was just so poorly executed. I wish the story had been written differently, is all. Disappointing.
I've been teetering between rating stars since I read it. There wasn't anything really wrong with it, I just didn't fall in love with the story. I couldn't really get into the characters. This is dual perspective, so we get a good feel of what's going on inside each of their heads.
Kate was diagnosed with diabetes a year prior to the start of this book, and it's been a big adjustment for her. The one person that has been with her through it all has been her boyfriend, Shelton, who promptly breaks up with her on the very first line of the very first chapter. Six weeks before prom (total winner, right?). Kate feels betrayed, Kate feels upset. Kate gets depressed, Kate tries to make him jealous with her best friend, Jen's cousin. Jen's cousin, Aidan, was honorably discharged from the army at only nineteen after losing his right arm from a bomb. What does Aidan think of all this? That Kate is an obnoxious high school girl. I half agree, and half disagree.
She has every right to be hurt about the break up, they were together for a year for crying out loud. But, where she is extremely childish is on her health. She doesn't keep up with her insulin, lies about her numbers, basically deciding that if she pretends she doesn't have diabetes, that it will go away. Smart thinking Kate. She really irritated me with her health. Diabetes isn't something you can just do whatever your childish heart desires. I mean, I understand in a way, that she doesn't want to tell the whole world about her diabetes because she doesn't want everyone's pity, but she acts like diabetes is like the end all, be all cancer that's going to kill her. Yeah, you have to make tough adjustments. Yeah, you have to give yourself insulin shots for the rest of your life. But come on, diabetes? Kate was overdramatic about the entire thing. Too many times, I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "grow up, Kate."
Aidan was a much, much more interesting character to read about. He didn't join the army because of obligation, or for the benefits, or the money. He joined the army because that was his career. That's what he wanted to do with his life. And now, because of some bomb, he is without his career, and his dominant arm. He's coping with the loss of his arm, with the life he planned out. He's coping with the loss of his dignity and dealing with the guilt of surviving while his superior did not. He has to learn to live again, to drive again, to dress himself, and how to eat, and how to do menial tasks all over again.
The two of them hang out because Kate wants to abandon her responsibilities, and it's not long until they fall for each other. Yeah, they're love story is cute. But, in all honesty, I wasn't swooning at all. It was all so, blah. So boring. They sleep together, and it was so lack luster. Like, that's it??? I didn't feel any depth.
Kate passes out because she didn't give herself enough insulin, and because she refused to let Aidan, whom she slept with, whom she supposedly had feelings for, someone who was supposed to be open with him, that she had diabetes. So she gets hospitalized, and after Aidan finds out what happened, he goes off on her in her hospital room. Rightfully so, in my opinion. Could've avoided it all, Kate.
There were parts of this book that felt so cheesy, so odd. Take when Shelton found her in the hallway and administered her insulin, for example. Like, um, unrealistic much?
This book was short, and lacking. I finished it quick, and forgot about it just as quick. I forgot I read it and forgot to write my review until I looked at my reading challenge. I think the most disappointing thing about this book is that it does not take place in summer. Not even the end of the book is in summer. Prom doesn't even happen in this book. Maybe I'm just picky, but I was kinda hoping that a book with "summer" in the title would actually take place in the summer.
You can read the rest of my review here
I was so excited to read this book. I mean, who wouldn't be when spotting a summery cover when it's like -4 degrees outside? This is a definite seasonal read, I must tell you. And now when looking back at the outcome, I'm very pleased because I did manage to shed some tears of happiness.
First thoughts: DAMN WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE. Jolene Perry has written such a freaking awesome story that got me fanning myself because of the feels. The feels were honestly outrageous. What this book did to me was so different and I wish that there was more buzz. MORE PEOPLE NEED TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS BOOK AND I WILL BE THE PERSON TO DO IT. Jolene Perry is the new Sarah Dessen, except her stories are more from the heart and deal with such tough subjects.
This all begins when Kate's love of her life suddenly breaks up with her on a random day with no explanation why. And then she sees him with a mystery girl, and this obviously breaks her heart. Soon after, Kate meets Aidan, an older guy who lost his arm while fighting in the military. He has lost the job that took his life and made it amazing, but he now guesses that Kate's made it the best ever. But what happens when you have a medical condition such as diabetes and you don't tell the person you love the most?
You better tell them. Kate didn't and well... In the end at the same time, she became a fighter, and stronger than you'd ever expect her to become. Aidan made her stronger. :)
I must admit that I complained of my boredom in the beginning through the middle. The book seemed to have such a huge resemblance to While He Was Away by Karen Schreck and I was all, "Why wasn't this unique?!" but as I continued reading, things happened that made me scream and squeal and fangirl—all of the feels that makes a reading experience even greater.
SO HOT, LIKE UGH. EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM WAS PERFECT.
-His personality. He was so sweet EEE.
EVERYTHING—DO YOU GET IT? I just don't know how else to describe his perfection because he was there throughout for Kate and they were perfect. NOT A DOUCHEBAG WHATSOEVER.
The concept didn't seem to originally sound like a deep gorgeous romance story. But that's what it turned out to become! The scenes were... interesting and I'm the type who loves picture-perfect romance, so I obviously kept on reading forever and ever until the book was ever. I found myself taking it slow and reading it on my own basis because I was so intrigued. WHY DID AIDAN DO THIS TO ME?!
Picture-perfect romance, AIDAN, AIDAN, a deep story, touching moments, and did I say Aidan—this book was fantastic. I wasn't able to let it go and I still imagine what would happen next because Jolene Perry is one of the best writers of chick-lit fiction that I've read this year. I NEED MORE!
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
olene Perry is one of those authors where if she writes a book, I must read it, own it, and sniff it. So I was so excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of The Summer I Found You.
At first, I thought the book was going to be a little weird for me. Reading about a guy who lost his arm and a girl with diabetes and their budding romance had me a little on edge. How could a one armed guy possibly be sexy? How was this book going to keep me interested? Well, I didn't even need to ask those questions because they never crossed my mind once I was actually reading the book.
Kate is a terrible girl. She just found out she has a life threatening disease and she can't be responsible enough to take her insulin or eat right. She is setting herself up to die and I can't find it in me to feel sorry for her. Her top priority is worrying about her ex dumping her. Not that fact that she could slip into a diabetic coma at any second.
Aiden is awesome. Aside from the whole PTSD thing. But would you really expect a guy who lost his arm and a good friend to be okay? To me, he seemed pretty good for a guy who went through hell and back. He lost his career, his future, his motivation but he survived, in the end. He is kind, caring and all the things that I don't think Kate deserved at first. But they worked together so well and I am glad they found each other.
I really loved how the book combined such trivial high school things with some very tough choices and lifestyles. On on hand, I can understand Kate just wanting to live a normal life but on the other hand I can't condone her lack of self preservation.
The ending had me worried for a little bit but I am glad it happened the way it did. Kate needed a wake up call and I think Aiden was the only one who was able to do that for her. Which is quite sad considering they hadn't known each other that long. When your FAMILY and FRIENDS cannot convince you to save yourself then you really need to rethink your priorities in life.
Update 6/29/2015 - I have been thinking about this book a lot lately. I adore the author and I love her work so her books are always popping into my head. Last night I was thinking about how I have a few different illnesses but most of them I can hide because they are inside. I feel like Kate thought she could hide her "disability" and get away with it, which technically she could. But it wasn't right of her to do that. Aiden can't hide his disability. I am torn between right and wrong here. I don't normally tell people about my ailments unless they ask or if my one visual ailment is present. Oh the one hand, I completely understand wanting to hide your flaws. But on the other hand, Kate was getting into a relationship with a guy who she could somewhat relate to in terms of disabilities. But she didn't and I can't fathom why. Internal conflict aside, I truly think everyone should read at least one of Jolene Perry's books. They are always deep and beautiful and they have such horrible trials that each character must over some. Her books are very inspiring; I know they inspired me.
Overall, I gave the book 5/5 kitties.