*This book was sent to me as a free Kindle by Netgallery in exchange for an honest review. The fact that it was sent to me will not sway my opinion in any way.*
Title: Someone Else’s Summer
Author: Rachel Bateman
Genre: Young Adult, contemporary, romance
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Date Read: January 3rd, 2016
Ratings: 3/5 stars
Summary from Goodreads
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?
“We all start as strangers”
The story is mostly about Anna and Cameron – the boy next door. After Anna her older sister Storm dies in a tragic car accident Anna’s family is going through a tough time. When Anna finds Storm her Summer bucket list she decides to cross off every single thing on the list to honor her sister. She takes Cameron, who is not only the boy next door but also her sisters best friend, with her.
The characters are okay. They aren’t very annoying and I can somewhat understand what they are feeling when Storm dies. I would like to say that Anna isn’t my favorite person (neither is Cameron). They are cute together, sure. But can she just not get mad about every single thing that he says. They are both in a bad place because of Storms death but that doesn’t mean you can get mad about everything. (But there is always a possibility that I misread something)
There are also a couple of side characters but their names aren’t overwhelming.
The story was kind of a cliché, but that is something that you can expect when it’s about any kind of bucket list that includes teenagers and skinny dipping. I don’t want to give too much away but obviously there are going to be a lot of bumps in their ‘epic road trip’.
The cover is fine. Not a lot that I can say about it really. It doesn’t really catch my eye right away but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to read it when I see it. With this book it is more the Summary that catches my attention and not the cover. Mostly because it isn’t really unique.
In the book there seemed to be some photos that they took with a polaroid camera along the way but I was reading on a kindle (I don’t know if that matters) but I wasn’t able to see the photos except the outlines of a polaroid and black photo (If you can call a black screen a photo). Or maybe that is what the writer wanted.
I didn’t really expect the plot twist. It was truly something that I didn’t see until almost the last moment, mostly because there weren’t a lot of hints along the way. However, this doesn’t make it a bad plot twist. You just don’t get to think about it for very long and you basically don’t even have to put the book down because the moment when you start to suspect something, Anna is suspecting something too. And it feels like you could still be on the same page when you find out the truth/plot twist.
A good book to read but not necessarily worth repeating.
Ps. I want to go ‘Boat mocking’…