Title: Someone Else’s Summer
Author: Rachel Bateman
Published date: 9th May 2017
Published by: Running Press Kids
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm’s summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever—which includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town. Setting out to do everything on Storm’s list along with her sisters best friend Cameron—the boy next door—who knew that Storm’s dream summer would eventually lead to Anna’s own self-discovery?
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. I first decided to read it because of the cover—it is really pretty!—and the summary came second. The book was something I would normally read when it comes to contemporary YA books, but it also has a potential to be a disappointment. Especially since it was written in 1st person POV. When I first started reading seriously, I really hated books in 1st POV, and it took me awhile make myself like 1st POV (since most YA contemporary are written in that POV) but there was still some books that were written in 1st person POV that really put me off. Yes, the badly written ones.
I am so glad that wasn’t the case with this book.
What I like about this book:
1. Well-written narration
2. It made me cry
3. ROAD TRIP!!! (yes, I really love those)
4. Bucket list (or any kind of list that they have to complete)
5. Male-female friendship
6. Friends-to-lovers romance
What I didn’t like about this book:
1. Anna can be annoying sometimes
2. Storm almost feels like a Mary-Sue. Keyword: Almost
3. Anna’s attitude at times
4. Some parts are a bit cliche/ boring
5. Anna and Cameron’s romance scenes
It took me awhile to write this review, because I can be a bit biased and often doesn’t think properly if I write immediately after finishing the book. The reason I decided to rate this book 4 stars instead of 3.5 stars was because of the one extra point for the “like” list.
Things I dislike about this book are usually enough to make me not want to read the book or DNF it, but taking into consideration the fact that it managed to make me cry, I decided to continue on with the book. Although some—my sister—says that it’s easy to make me cry; when it comes to books, it has to be well-written, and the characters have to be decent.
It is a bit difficult for to like or empathize with Anna, because sometimes she is too whiny, but sometimes, she’s okay. I don’t like or dislike Anna, because whenever there is something I disliked about her, a few minutes later, I would find something that makes me like her and that kind of cancels things out and made me feel neutral towards her.
Cameron, on the other hand… Cameron I like. He is best friends with Storm, and I really love male-female friendships. He is kind, and loyal…and I just can’t help but like him.
To sum things up, you might find things you don’t like about this book, or you might encounter scenes you will find boring or cliche-ish, but I can assure you that you won’t regret reading on despite everything. I can assure you that in the end, the book is worth it. It’s a cute and sad coming-of-age story with road trip, friendship and romance mixed in. I think people who enjoyed PS. I Love You might find this book interesting.
I rate this book 4 / 5 stars.
So, have you read Someone Else’s Summer before? If yes, what are your thoughts on the book?
There was also news about this book being made into a movie. What are your thoughts on that?