Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?
Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
First of all you should know that I love Sarah Dessen. She’s great at creating characters that you can relate to and I was really excited when she announced she was coming out with this book. While this book was not my favorite of hers it was still a good read. The plot was generally the same as her other books which is about a summer on the beach.
I liked the majority of the characters except I couldn’t stand Theo. Why? Because he annoys me like crazy. He’s one of those crazy, hyper, excitable city guys who doesn’t understand anything about living in the small town he came to visit. I liked all the other characters except him. Emaline was great. You could tell she grew throughout the book as did Morris. Emaline’s sisters were funny and reminded me of my own sisters sometimes which made it easy to relate to. I loved loved loved Benji, Emaline’s little brother. He was cute, funny and whatever he was feeling you were feeling too.
The plot was pretty basic. Emaline is heading off to college in the fall and wants a fun summer romance like all the tourists that show up in her little town. It doesn’t turn out to be the summer she expects but she gets through it anyways. The book was a little slow at times but I really enjoyed the ending. It wasn’t expected and tied up all the loose ends.
I’d give it:
4 out of 5 stars.
“Life is long. Just because you don’t get your chance right when you want or expect it doesn’t mean it won’t come. Fate doesn’t punch a time clock or consult a schedule.”