I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Published by Albert Whitman Teen on March 1st 2014
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.
Let me start of by saying that this story had so much potential. I expected a heavy emotional heft from this book, which is to be expected if you read the synopsis. Unfortunately, while this was not a bad book, it just didn’t live up to expectations. While it has a lot of potential, it really needs some work in my opinion…
The hero Aiden (or Aidan, because yes it actually varies in the book) Conelly suffers from PTSD and lost an arm during his tour in Afghanistan. While the heroine, Kate Walker, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. While the plotline was pretty good, the missing arm/diabetes storyline added a very different aspect to the typical romance genre, the rest of the story was unfortunately a bit typical… The boy and girl fall in love, have a falling out, make up and get back together. I just think some variety would have been nice.
While the characters where okay, there was a lack in character development. Both characters didn’t really grow throughout the story, and somehow I found that I just didn’t connect with them. Sure I felt for them because they obviously were going through a lot, but the connection just never properly happened. I would have liked for them to have some more depth.
While the title seems okay enough, it is a bit odd that it says ‘The Summer I Found You.’ Especially since it doesn’t actually take place during the summer.
I really hope the version I read isn’t the final edited version. As stated above, the hero actually seemed to have two names throughout the story. I’m confused, is it Aiden or Aidan? The grammar and punctuation where also a bit hard to get through, and I normally go really easy on those since I am no expert on those (not by a far shot). The mistakes were a bit juvenile and overall added to my disappointment.
Overall, this book wasn’t bad. I’m pretty disappointed because it had so much potential, however, things just seemed off for me and I couldn’t get into the book. It was an okay read, but unfortunately not what I hoped it would be.