Publisher: Albert & Whitman
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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 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!~
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