Review: The Summer After You and Me

The Summer After You and Me
The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m going to keep this pretty short since I didn’t really get into this book. I though it was a light read, but turned out to be more of an irritating one for me. Thanks to this, I was pushed further into my reading slump, one which really ruined my mood for reading any book for the next two weeks.
The story is half-present, half-flashback and revolves around an angsty protagonist. Normally, I don’t mind a little angst – a little goes a long way in creating tension in the storyline and progressing the story. But the amount of drama – ugh, I was so ready to give up midway. Lucy is this marine biologist wannabe who lives at Jersey shore (war flashbacks to the trailers of that trashy show) and loves the sun, sea and surf – yawn. She has had a crush on her neighbour but is ashamed of it. Something happened between them before Sandy, and now things are awkward. All that yearning was a snooze, but the real irritation was her friends and her brother, who are like the biggest douches on the shore. They blame her for everything, there is a lot of drama and by the end, I’m like – huh, so that was, um, boring. I literally skimmed through the book – I wasn’t invested enough to read it leisurely and yet it took me a week to get through this. Generic teenage drama and angst is like my kryptonite and after this, I really was about to swear off contemporary books. Only the writing probably is the saving grace – it is sincere enough to evoke something but with the characters’ attitudes, it vanishes quickly. Not a good read for me, at all.

Received an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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