Friday 6 May 2016

Book Review: The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine.


Product details:
Publisher: Balzer & Bray.
Hardcover, 352 pages.
Release date: May 10th 2016.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Ages: 14+
Source: Received from publisher for review.

Cassidy Emmerich is reeling from a sudden, humiliating breakup. The last thing she wants to do is stick around and be reminded of her ex everywhere she goes. On impulse, she decides to spend the summer with her father and his family at their Jersey Shore bed-and-breakfast. A different scene and a new job working as a camp counselor seem like the perfect recipe for forgetting Gavin as quickly as possible—not to mention for avoiding him until he leaves for college.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with a girl and have her put her head on your shoulder. Last year he made one false move—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. But this summer, he’s back at his camp job and is determined to reclaim his independence—and his confidence.

Cass is expecting two months of healing her broken heart.

Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.

Neither is expecting to fall in love.

When Cassidy Emmerich has her heart broken courtesy of her cheating boyfriend, Gavin, all she wants to do is escape. One ill-advised hook-up later, and she really wants to get out of town. The last thing Cassidy wants to do is to spend a whole summer pining over Gavin and/or seeing him with his latest hook up.  It doesn’t help that her best friend Emma is dating Gavin’s best friend, which means that sooner or later Cassidy will run into her no good, but very charming, ex. She needs a new crowd. Thankfully, she has an escape plan.  She’s moving to the Jersey Shore, where her Dad and Step-mom run a B&B. Cassidy also an adorable six-year-old Stepbrother called Hunter, who loves having his big sister around. It’s time for Cassidy to leave her heartbreak behind and have some fun.

Bryan Lakewood used to have it all; fun times and a hot girlfriend. Now, he’s confined to a wheelchair. Oh, and he’s single too, which sucks.  Although paralyzed, Bryan is determined to maintain his independence, which is why he returns to his job as a supervisor at a summer camp for kids.  Though he’s tried to keep his sense of humour through all that’s happened to him, he’s not expecting a fun summer. He’s definitely not expecting to fall in love, but that’s exactly what happens. On his first day at camp, a new camp counsellor called Cassidy walks into his life, and sparks fly.

A super cute and heartfelt summer read, The Season of You & Me will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen’s wholesome summer tales. I loved Robin Constantine’s debut, The Promise of Amazing, when I read it a few years back, and here she has another feel-good hit on her hands. Cassidy and Bryan are characters readers will root for. Cassidy is a sweet girl-next-door type who has had her heart broken by her first love, while Bryan made one false move which saw his whole world fall apart. These characters are highly relatable, and teens will find much in common with the duo as they navigate first friendship, and then something more.

Cassidy’s new life is not without drama. That’s because instead of facing her problems back home, she runs away from them, all the while posting a series of fun pictures on social media just to show her ex what he is missing out on.  And her ex isn’t letting go so easily. He wants her back, going so far as to weave his way into her new life when he unexpectedly shows up in town one night. As with all first loves, Gavin has a hold on Cassidy’s heart. So, will she go back to the guy who shattered her world, or will she choose her new love, Bryan? These two have a real connection, but their union is also not without its stumbling blocks.

The Season of You & Me is a perfect summer beach read, with a feel-good factor that will leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart for a summer romance of your own. The book also contains a fun summer scavenger hunt, lots of mouth-watering baked goods, and some secondary characters, will they/won’t they couple Tori and Wade, who maybe deserve a book of their very own!

 Read The Summer of You & Me by Robin Constantine if you love books by Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson.

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