Someone Else’s Summer – Rachel Bateman

This book was a strawberry popsicle on a hot summer’s day. Don’t get fooled by the ominous blurb or prospect of death — this is a saccharine summer road trip romance at its best.

Synopsis

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?

Review

This book was a strawberry popsicle on a hot summer’s day. Don’t get fooled by the ominous blurb or prospect of death — this is a saccharine summer road trip romance at its best.

You can smell the romance brewing between Anna and Cameron from a mile away, and Rachel Bateman definitely delivers. The two were put in an unusual circumstance with an interesting quest to complete, and naturally, they came together because of it. I loved the parasailing, decision to eat with the locals, and wedding crashing especially.

I definitely predicted the truth about Storm midway through (definitely not from the beginning though!). The only frustrating part was that I feel liker her life and death were glorified. Grieving is important, but sometimes it’s okay to feel angry or frustrated by a revelation. I think Anna is a bit too quick to forgive. Then again, what else was she supposed to do?

Also, Anna is a pretty awful friend to Piper and Jovani. I’m not sure why they put up with her! I hope Anna finds a bigger circle of people to care about as much as she did for Storm and Cameron. Man, the part in the dorms really tore me up, but it was important to read about. But Anna, cut your man a break, okay? And when you’re in the wrong, please make it up to the people you hurt or worry. Still, these kids are young and have so much ahead for them (I hope). They have time to learn and grow.

Related Reading

  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • The Way Back to You – Michelle Andreani and & Mindi Scott
  • Between Us and the Moon – Rebecca Maizel

Rating: 4/5

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