Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

February 27, 2014 Review 7

The Summer I Found YouPages: 256
Publication Date: March 4th 2014 by Albert Whitman Teen
Series: N/A – Stand Alone
Source: Albert Whitman via Netgalley

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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?

 My Thoughts & Review
I picked up The Summer I Found You on a whim. It’s definitely not the type of book I would have previously been drawn to but coming off a summer of reading mostly contemporary, it caught my eye. It fell by the wayside for months until last weekend when I was feeling like a romantic contemporary to pick up my mood.

Kate, the main character, was not someone who I was immediately drawn to. I didn’t dislike her, there was just nothing overall appealing about her to me. I can’t say that she was my favorite person of the book, but I found an appreciation for her in the fact that I adored her and Aidan’s relationship. Now… Aidan however was just SWOON. I really liked how he was presented as this broken character, but in fact, he wasn’t at all. Sure he had a few obstacles to overcome but he was AWESOME. He was honest with his feelings, and I really liked how he was the open one in the relationship.

I honestly didn’t have many expectations going into The Summer I Found You. I didn’t think that I would be wrapped up in it nearly as much as I was. I actually read it in one sitting because between the wonderful writing, the lovely romance and the fact there was an actual plot, not just romance, I was swept off my feet.

Hands down, my favorite part about this book was the plot. Aidan had a TON to overcome. He is recently disabled after being in the army and has to come to terms with that plus he needs to figure out where his life is going and what he will do in the future now that his current path has been altered. Kate was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is in complete denial with it. She refuses to accept the fact that this is a lifelong illness and has put herself at risk with her health. There was a lot going more on here besides Kate and Aidan’s relationship. It was wonderful and I enjoyed seeing them both grow as characters.

If you are looking for a lovely contemporary romance, The Summer I Found You is a great choice. It’s one of those books that you cannot put down and will be pulled into the characters stories.

4 Stars


7 Responses to “Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry”

  1. Rebecca @ The Library Canary

    We are review twins today! I also really enjoyed this book. Aiden was so swoony and I loved his relationship with Kate. Kate kind of annoyed me at first, but she grew on me and the diabetes thing was personal with me because my Dad has Type 2 Diabetes so I liked reading about that part. There was just so much emotion and growth in this book and I fell in love with it. Great review!
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    • Lauren

      YESSSS!!! Now I have to go read yours! I am so freaking behind on reviews. Snap. I really enjoyed Kate’s growth! I liked her rebelliousness despite it angering me while reading it, but thinking back it was very realistic and I think I like her more now 🙂 I’m glad you loved this one too rebecca!!

    • Lauren

      Oh! The cover IS so beautiful right?! I often am not drawn to contemporary covers but this one is fantastic!!

  2. Wendy @ Book Scents

    Oh this sounds good! Aidan definitely sounds swoony and I do have a thing for military men… him being disabled reminds me a bit of Stir me up — have you read that one? Interested to see how Kate overcomes the diagnosis, seems like an issue I haven’t read much of in ya!
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    • Lauren

      YESSS!!!! It really reminded me of Stir Me Up as well! Stir Me up was actually one of my all time favorites from 2014, fantastic book! I haven’t seen Diabetes touched on much either so it was a really nice issue to have in the book, it’s a very real thing that happens to teens and the author did a really fantastic job of tackling it!

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