By: Melanie | February 20, 2014 | (27) Comments

Mini Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene PerryThe Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Publisher: Albert & Whitman
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 256
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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 Review

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!~

2 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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27 Responses to Mini Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

  1. Aimee says:

    I remember giving this one a shot after getting accepted on NG. I never got into it, though, and I see that it doesn’t really get any better. The idea was really lovely, but too bad it was poorly executed.
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  2. Ugh, half-hearted romance? No thank you. And with the topic I am surprised it was so short.
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  3. Woah, thanks for the honest review Mel! It sounds really dangerous that she started recording different numbers for her doctor. But I guess like every other teen, she’s sick of being treated like a special snowflake and wants to be normal.
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  4. Aw, I’m disappointed. I thought this one looked good. I feel like authors are sending a dangerous message if they let their characters do that…but I guess if the consequences are realistic then it’s okay. But you’d think living with diabetes would make you realise things like death are CLOSE. GAH. Stupid narrators are my going crazy point. :/
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  5. Emily says:

    *sigh* I feel exactly the same as you, Mel!! I found this novel to be unsatisfying and Kate constantly annoyed me with her lack of care for her own body!! I really did feel worried for her, and like you said, the romance lacked chemistry that could have been there πŸ™
    Fantastic review all the same, Mel!! :3 <33
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  6. If a novel is labeled romantic, I want some legit romance. It sounds like this one fell quite flat in that department. Thank you for your honest review though!

  7. It is a shame the build up wan’t there and the romance felt half-hearted. Nice review and I like the concept.
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  8. Aww! I’m sorry this didn’t work for you, Melanie. I was looking forward to reading it because I do enjoy Jolene Perry’s novel. I think I’ll go into it not expecting much and hopefully, I’ll enjoy it better.
    Lovely honest review, Mel.
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  9. A very honest review there Mel; I think with topic like that, you need to develop it and make it worth your while, doing all that research and putting it into 250 page just isn’t quite enough I don’t think. Kate seemed like a character who would have annoyed me heavily, and I can’t stand romances that are a little too vanilla. I’m glad I read this review, or else I may have been sucked in by the pretty cover. Such a shame..
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  10. Sorry this didn’t work for you. I’ve read a few books by Jolene Perry (Falling, Out of PLay, My Heart For Yours) and those were really good. Maybe those might be worth checking out πŸ™‚
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  11. Ahh it’s a shame this was lacking the depth that it needed. πŸ™ I’ve read a couple of Jolene Perry’s books in the past, and I enjoyed both of them, but I’m not sure that the premise here is something I would normally go for. Plus I find it hard to connect to a story like this when the romance isn’t convincing. Thanks for the helpful review, Mel, and I hope your next read is much better!
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  12. Siiri says:

    Hmm.. I have an arc of this. For the longest time. Now I’m hesitant to read it. Perhaps after some dark read I’ll enjoy it more, but I’m not really in the mood atm anyway. I’m sorry it fell so flat for you, but I completely understand. With this short page length it’s hard to really pull any emotions out of the reader. I like the concept though. Sorry this wasn’t for you πŸ™
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  13. Zoe N. says:

    Yeah…250 pages sounds a tad short for a story with such deep concepts, doesn’t it? Especially when the whole purpose of the book was to mess with your emotions! Anyways…Kate does sound like an infuriating protagonist. How she purposely neglected her diabetes treatments would definitely get on my nerves! And the half-heated romance doesn’t sound exactly promising either. I haven’t read this one yet, but I think it’s going to be a miss for me. Thanks for another fabulous and honest review Mel! Hopefully your next read is better!
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  14. Aww I’m sorry that you didn’t end up liking this one! A lot of people really like Jolene’s stuff, so it’s a shame that a lot of the romance aspects didn’t work out for you. My grandma has diabetes and it’s definitely really serious. Like she can’t eat anything she wants and she has to check her blood sugar all the time. Diabetes is really, really serious and you can go into a coma and die if you don’t keep your blood sugar in check. Why would she even want to record fake numbers, though? I don’t think it’s worth it just to feel normal if she’s really not. Fantastic review, Mellybean! <33
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  15. Lily B says:

    Seems to be a hit or miss with a lot of people. sorry to hear that this did not work for you at all, especially the romance.
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  16. I’d have to agree that topics like mental illnesses should have more depth, especially when readers have nothing to relate from in real life. Their story will be the source of connection to the characters. I’m sorry this wasn’t something that worked for you. Although I haven’t read any of Jolene’s work, I will check them out. πŸ™‚
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  17. Youch! This sounds terrible! I agree; it was realistic for Kate to try to fight against the fact she has Type 1 Diabetes by not wanting to go to the doctor and stuff, but falsifying information?! That’s insane and unheard of! If you have any ounce of common sense you wouldn’t do that, and honestly, the fact she was written this way is kind of pushing it. It’s your life on the line; any sane person would have done everything they could to make sure they get rid of the illness, and that means not lying to your doctor especially about numbers!

    Also agree with depth and longevity of a novel vital in novels that have more drama. It’s just hard to make it work if you need to cram everything.

    Great review, Melanie!
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  18. Alise says:

    This sounds really similar to the Fault in Our Stars with little changes like a guy missing his arm instead of his leg. Plus the romance sounds like it would frustrate me, along with the length thing you mentioned. I think I will be skipping this one, great review!
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  19. That’s a shame! It seems like a wonderful premise – there aren’t many books with a protagonist who has diabetes. This is the second negative review I’ve seen!
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  20. Megan says:

    Wow. Kate sounds like an idiot! My cousin has been living with type I diabetes since she was 3 years old and I know crap like that is just asking to get sick. Her poor parents! Based on that, I’ll be skipping this one.
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  21. Hmm, tbh this one sounds like it has too many Issues with a capital “I” going on for me. After your review, it seems I’m safe in skipping.
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  22. Being a type 1 diabetic also named Kate, I had a lot in common with the narrator. As fabulous(that’s complete sarcasm) as it is to hear how your relatives deal with their disease, your out of touch remarks about Kate changing her numbers are extremely frustrating. Type 1 diabetes is a twenty four seven job that you can never quit, and while the novel captured the idea of forever with an autoimmune illness, the actual writing and treatment of the disease in the novel was completely off base and incorrect. Criticizing a young teenage girl for lying about her numbers when she’s solely desperate to stabilize her life is so ignorant and judgmental. The only reason I picked up this book was for support for my medical condition. Instead I found only ignorance and judgement.

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