The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

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Title & Author: The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

Publisher/Year: Katherine Tegen Books/May 10, 2016

Format: ARC Paperback

Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Other Books By the Author: The After Girls

My Rating: 4hearts

What This Book Is About

A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.

Liz Grant is about to have the summer of her life. She and her friend MacKenzie are getting invited to all the best parties, and with any luck, Innis Taylor, the most gorgeous guy in Bonneville, will be her boyfriend before the Fourth of July.

Local teen convict released early.

Jason Sullivan wasn’t supposed to come back from juvie. A million years ago, he was her best friend, but that was before he ditched her for a different crowd. Before he attacked Innis’s older brother, leaving Skip’s face burned and their town in shock.

“Everything is not what you think.”

Liz always found it hard to believe what they said about Jason, but all of Bonneville thinks he’s dangerous. If word gets out she’s seeing him, she could lose everything. But what if there’s more to that horrible night than she knows? And how many more people will get hurt when the truth finally comes out?

“You’re the one person who believes in me.”

Leah Konen’s southern romance swelters with passion as it explores the devastating crush of lies, the delicate balance of power and perception, and one girl’s journey to find herself while uncovering the secrets of so many others.

(Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts on This Book

First let me start off by saying this is a summer based book and if you don’t know by now, I am obsessed with summer themed books. Leah Konen’s other YA book, The After Girls, has also been on my TBR list (as well as my bookshelf) for a while now and I definitely need to start reading it. The Last Time We Were Us was so, so good. It had me feeling so many mixed emotions throughout the book and had me racing through the pages at the end to see what had happened.

The romance in The Last Time We Were Us was insanely intense. I had no idea what was going to happen and definitely wasn’t expecting the ending to play out like it had. I can’t say I was shocked, but I also feel like some of the characters got what they had been asking for throughout the book. The book is also packed full of drama between multiple characters which kept it entertaining as well as kept me sucked into the book turning page after page. The book itself was longer than most I’ve read lately (almost 400 pages) but I was hooked and breezed through it.

I really liked the characters in The Last Time We Were Us. I have to admit though my favorite character was Jason Sullivan and I can’t really say why he was without giving anything away. I had mixed feelings about the main character Liz. There were times when I liked her and was rooting for her and other times when I wish I could have reached in the pages and smacked her. Innis Taylor was quite the character, once again can’t say much about him without giving things away. Liz’s friend MacKenzie was alright. She had a few good friend moments, but I felt like a majority of the time she was immature and over reacted to certain situations.

Overall if you’re into young adult contemporary and/or romance I definitely think you’d enjoy this book. It’s one of the better books I have read in 2016, it’s in my top 10 as of now. I could easily see this as a book I’d reread again in the future.

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout Tour

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Hello, I Love You

Title & Author: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

Publisher/Year: St. Martin’s Griffin/2015

Genres: YA Romance, YA Contemporary, YA Music

Format: Hardcover

Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Other Books by Katie M. Stout: Debut Book!

My Rating: 5hearts

About the Book

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

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About the Author

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Katie M. Stout is from Atlanta, Georgia, and works for an international charity that sends her to fun places like Spain and Singapore. When she’s not writing, you can find her drinking an unhealthy amount of chai tea and listening to Girls’ Generation, Teen Top, and all her other favorite K-pop tunes.

Katie’s Social Media

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265923.Katie_M_Stout

Website: http://one-page-reviews.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katiemstout

Tumblr: http://katiemwrites.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/katiemstout/

My Review

Hello, I Love You was exactly what I had been needing in terms of a good book lately. I would catch myself with a big smile on my face as I read. I loved absolutely every word from the first page to the last page of this book. Katie M. Stout opened my eyes to new things such as KPOP, Korean drama, and customs of South Korea. I never ever imagined wanting to travel to South Korea, but after reading Hello, I Love You, Seoul is now in my top 10 places I’d like to travel to internationally.

I love books that take place at boarding schools and the international boarding school that Grace attends in Hello, I Love You made me incredibly envious because it sounded amazing. I was really envious of Grace throughout the entire book of everything she was able to do and experience. The closest experience I got to Grace’s was competing in American University’s Model United Nations Conference in Washington DC every year and those extended weekends were the highlights of my high school years.

I liked every single character from the book. They all had different personalities, but they all fit so perfectly together that it really made the book as good as it was. Grace was the easiest to relate to. She was close minded at times in the beginning of the book, but as it went on she was caring, kind and thoughtful. Sophie was the perfect best friend and roommate. She made sure to always include Grace in everything that she was doing and was always in a good, happy mood. The three boys of Eden, Jason, Tae Hwa, and Yoon Jae, were all interesting characters to say the least. Tae Hwa was a perfect match for Sophie. He wasn’t an in-depth character, but he seemed kind, sweet and generally caring towards Sophie. Yoon Jae was just as sweet. He made it clear who he had feelings for and I was kind of rooting for him although I knew it most likely wasn’t going to work out. Jason annoyed me in the beginning with his arrogant attitude but throughout the book he grew on me. He would let the real him shine through occasionally and when those moments came up, it is when he grew on me.

Throughout the book Grace is also dealing with drama back home in Tennessee. While the author brings in some characters from home like Grace’s mom and her younger sister Jane, the true story of what she is running from does not come out until the end. I was surprised by the reality of the situation and didn’t see it coming at all. Once it was out in the open, things that Grace hinted at or mentioned earlier in the book clicked into place and made sense.

Hello, I Love You is the perfect young adult romance book to bring along in your beach tote or to the pool. Although there’s nearly 300 pages, it will go by so quickly because you will not be able to put it down. The story and the characters are original and unlike other young adult books I have read before. If you like young adult romance or contemporary or you are into KPOP, this is the perfect book to add to your TBR list. For her debut book, Katie M. Stout totally kicked ass with Hello, I Love You and I am keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel to see where the characters are.

Author’s Fan Casting

For part of my post for the tour, I chose to post Katie M. Stout’s dream cast for her book, Hello, I Love You. Here is what she had to say and who she picked for the main characters. 

I had a ton of fun fancasting my characters! Some of them were casted very early on in my brain while I was writing – I actually had two singers in mind while I was writing the rough draft of the book!

While these are who the characters look like in my head, I love hearing other people’s thoughts.  or I’d love to hear who you think Grace, Jason, Sophie, and everyone else looks like, so hit me up on Twitter or Tumblr with your picks!

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Grace – Lily James

I’m a Lily James fan in general. (I mean, how can you not love her as Cinderella?!) Plus, I think she has the perfect hair for Grace. And girl’s got attitude, which totally fits my sassy, broken protagonist.

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Jason – Jung Yonghwa

Yonghwa was actually the first character I casted in my head. I knew while I was still rough drafting that he was who Jason looked like. Actually, if you’ve ever seen the Korean drama Heartstrings, you may recognize some of the outfits I describe Jason wearing as ones he wore in that drama. I just loved those sweaters and colorful shoes so much!

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Sophie – IU

Sophie is another character I knew early on who I would cast. IU has been one of my favorite KPOP singers since I saw her in the drama Dream High, and I think she perfectly embodies Sophie’s sweetness and charm.

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Yoon Jae – Ok Taecyeon

I wanted Yoon Jae to be really striking, where you turn your head when he walks by. I also wanted him to have a little bit of a baby face. Really, there’s no one else I could choose for him besides Taecyeon, who’s both super hot and super cute. And really, he’s perfect for the character I would have chosen to date if I were Grace.

Tae Hwa – Seungri

Seungri is one of the hottest guys in KPOP, I think (despite his scandals). And I had to choose someone great for Sophie, who’s probably my favorite character in the whole book. Really, I maybe had too much fun looking for good pictures of him…

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

After reading and enjoying an advanced reader’s copy of Liz Czukas’ new book, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, I was eager to read Ask Again Later. I was expecting a lot since TTCYC was so good, but I was a bit let down and confused at the end.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

How I Acquired This Book: Library Rental

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Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

(Summary from Goodreads)

I feel like we have all seen a movie, TV show or read a book like this one. The main character ends up being asked to prom by more than one boy and the decision is just too hard to make. When I began reading this book I thought the reader was going to see what would happen had Heart’s choice been Troy, the jock and her choice if it has been Ryan, the theater geek and then in the end the two would tie together to show that the outcome would be the same either way. Well, that is sort of how the story went down. The chapters switched back and forth between “heads” and “tails” which made it more confusing than alternating chapters ever are. In the end the two stories did tie together for one overall outcome and the chapters were no loner alternating between “heads” and “tails”. What left me confused at the end was that Heart seemed to have actually experienced both proms. She would mention something that happened with her one date with Troy and her friends looked at her like she was crazy and then she would mention something that happened with her date Ryan and same thing happened. I have no idea who she actually went to prom with or how she somehow remembers stuff from both. I guess the point was that it didn’t matter what happened before, but what had happened after prom.

When it came down to the characters, I didn’t really like any of them too much. Heart was the most bearable but even then she still allowed herself to be pushed around and her attempts to stick up for herself were half assed. Troy was your typical jock, getting drunk at prom and trying to make his newly ex-girlfriend jealous, yet acting super immature. Ryan, okay maybe I liked Ryan the most. He was a sensitive sweetheart and even was there for Heart when she didn’t choose to go to prom with him (heads). He didn’t get all moody or cause any drama. Heart’s brother was a total asshole and it took her getting drunk at the prom afterparty to finally stick up for herself. At that point I was like, “Thank goodness!” and wished it had only come sooner. Schroeder (Chase) seemed okay at first, but right away it was so clearly obvious that he had a crush on Heart but was just too scared to tell her. Instead he decided to be rude to her all night and lashing out at her as if she should have just known without him telling her that he liked her.

The story line was ridiculous yet so realistic and perhaps that is why I couldn’t enjoy it as much. I graduated high school almost 3 and a half years ago and am over the drama and immaturity that came with high school. I wouldn’t say Ask Again Later was horrible, it just hasn’t been the best or my most favorite book I have read in the past few months. It was quick and easy to read and only took me a few hours to finish.

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Expected Publication: August 5, 2014

How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour

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In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

(Summary from Goodreads)

“Wow”, is the first word I thought of after finishing Magnolia. I also had a bit of a book hangover afterwards, it was just so good. I absolutely loved everything about this book. I loved the characters, I loved the storyline and I cannot wait to go out and buy myself my own copy so I can read it over and over again. Magnolia is definitely my current favorite book at the moment. Magnolia is the type of book that when you finish, you wish it could have just gone on a little bit longer, if not forever.

I really loved both main characters, Jemma and Ryder, and their backstory. I’m your typical young adult female. I love a good contemporary romance with some extra drama added in. While both Jemma’s mother and Ryder’s mother want the two of them to be together, Jemma and Ryder cannot stand each other. Their moms often did get annoying and I can’t even begin to imagine if my own mother and her best friend did this to myself and her son. I think I’d go crazy and because of this, I can understand why there is so much hostility between the two of them.

I am also terrified of tornados (mind you I live in New Jersey where we rarely ever get anything more than a warning, so I’m not sure why I am so terrified of them) so my heart was pounding while Jemma and Ryder are stuck alone together during the storm. My heart was also racing because I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next between them. There were a few times I wanted to yell, “Just get over it already and admit your feelings!”, but refrained myself from doing so. Although being terrified of tornados, I did enjoy that part of the book the most. Perhaps because there were no outside influences on how Jemma and Ryder acted around each other. I also liked that it focused on just the two of them because I was able to get to know them better as characters.

I tried to not really give anything away in my review. It really was just an amazing young adult book and I would recommend for anyone and everyone to read it. It’s a super quick and easy read because you never want to put it down.

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Expected Publication: September 30, 2014

How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour

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According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you’re friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

(Summary from Goodreads)

I am a total sucker for young adult romance books like The Fine Art of Pretending. Ever since I saw 10 Things I Hate About You, I have enjoyed watching movies and reading books where someone, or both people, go into a fake relationship but end up really falling for each other. The fact that it’s two best friends in The Fine Art of Pretending just made it even better. I absolutely loved reading this book and was sad to have to send it on to the next person.

I loved the characters in The Fine Art of Pretending. Aly was so easily relatable because I feel like most girls have that one guy friend they have crushed on but it has never been anything more than friends. For me, there was several. I was like Aly myself where I was friends with a lot of the guys, but that is all they ever saw me as, a friend. I could completely understand where Aly was coming from when she launches Operation Sex Appeal and it’s something I’ve done myself in the past. Brandon, Aly’s best friend and pretend boyfriend, seems like a total sweetheart. He is so protective of Aly and is always there for her. It killed me to see them both so in denial about their feelings for each other. I liked Aly’s two girl friends although they weren’t in the book as much as Brandon. As for Justin, at first I had mixed feelings about him but then I ended up really liking him and feeling bad for him (but I’m not giving anything else about him away).

The Fine Art of Pretending has just the right amount of drama and heartache in it. Every chapter was eventful and exciting and I was never sitting there bored while I was reading. If anything, I was kind of annoyed at myself for trying to read this on vacation. If I had read this while at home, I would have finished it in a day, but because I was away and only had a little bit of time here and there to read, it took me 3 days to read! When it is published I am definitely buying my own copy and reading it again.

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

I have to be honest and admit this book was sitting in my cart on Amazon for months before I finally bought it last month. I really enjoyed it and while I was originally thinking this was going to taking place in Disney World (just with a fake name), it actually hit closer to home (will explain later). How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is a great book to add to your summer TBR list. It was quick and funny with just the right amount of drama and romance along with some surprises.

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

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When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they’ve hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?

Once Zoe arrives, however, she’s assigned to serve the Queen – Fairyland’s boss from hell. From spoon-feeding the Queen’s evil lapdog caviar to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might now have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe’s job more like a nightmare than a fairytale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving the Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?

(Summary taken from back cover)

I love Disney World and assumed for some reason that Fairyland Kingdom was going to be Disney World with a fake name, which it was not. If anyone has ever visited (and maybe even heard of) Storybook Land in southern New Jersey, I think Fairyland Kingdom is more along those lines. Growing up in New Jersey and going to Storybook Land quite often, I was kind of happy to see that this took place in my home state.

Onto the characters. I loved Zoe and how she constantly put everyone ahead of herself even though she was just getting over the loss of her mother. Some of the interns I liked and some of them I absolutely hated. Some of the interns I also thought I hated but felt differently towards them at the end of the book.

The book does have a good amount of drama and romance in it and during the last couple of chapters, you are in for a big surprise. The ending to How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True was just the icing on the cake. It took me by surprise and had be smiling like a little kid at the end because I was so happy with how everything had ended. I finished this book in a day because I couldn’t put it down. It was quick and easy, but definitely very, very, very enjoyable and one I am sure to read again.

If you have never read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True and you are looking to add a light, cute book to your summer TBR list, I would definitely recommend it. Sarah Strohmeyer also has another book out called Smart Girls Get What They Want, which I’ve added to my summer TBR list and if you enjoyed How Zoe… I would say go for her second book as well!

Top Ten Tuesday 06/17/2014

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Wow, so I just realized I haven’t posted anything since last Tuesday. This new job has me going crazy though, and in pursuit of a second job as well. Anyhow, I am going to try to get back on top of everything. I did just finish a book Sunday that I loved. I will be posting a review on it this week since I am off the next couple of days! (Yay!) So today is my favorite blogging day, Top Ten Tuesdays. I love making lists and I think that’s why I enjoy Tuesdays the most. Top Ten Tuesday topics are always thought up by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List. Sorry because some of these books may be repeats from last week’s list, but that is only because I am so excited to read them.

1.) Nantucket Red by Lelia Howland

2.) Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin

3.) Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso

4.) Summer of Yesterday by Gabby Triana

5.) Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

6.) Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

7.) Pretty Little Liars: Toxic by Sara Shepard

8.) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

9.) What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

10.) After the End by Amy Plum (Had to throw one distopia in the list!)

And a random list of more books on my summer TBR list because let’s face it, there is no way I only have ten on my list…

-Side Effects May Vary – Julie Murphy

-The Program and The Treatment – Suzanne Young

-Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

-The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider

-We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

-The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith

-Rock and a Hard Place, Royally Lost, Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em, Dream Chaser, Snowed Over – Angie Stanton

-Getting Over Garrett Delaney, Sophomore Switch, The Anti-Prom, Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood – Abby McDonald

-Smart Girls Get What They Want – Sarah Strohmeyer

-The Prince of Venice Beach – Blake Nelson

Okay I am going to leave it at that even though there are plenty more books I could add. I am hoping I can read most of these before summer is over, but if not, at least by the end of the year.

Sleepaway Girls & Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita

I’m going to be reviewing both Sleepaway Girls and Summer State of Mind together. The reason I am doing this is because SSOM (Summer State of Mind) is a companion novel to SAG (Sleepaway Girls). In my personal opinion, would read Sleepaway Girls first. I read SAG a few years ago and absolutely loved it! When starting to read SSOM, there were references made to events and characters from SAG, so I decided to reread it and then start Summer State of Mind right after. So let the reviews begin:

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

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First off, if the cover of this book doesn’t grab your attention and make you want to read it then you’re crazy. I love this cover and it’s one of reasons why I read it. Yeah yeah I know…don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Sam’s best friend gets her first boyfriend and to avoid watching the two of them be all lovey dovey all summer, Sam applies to be a CIT (counselor in training) at Whispering Pines, a summer camp. When she gets there she realizes camp isn’t exactly what she was expecting. Queen Bee Ashley seems to be set on ruining Sam’s summer and if she doesn’t, her crush on flirty counselor Hunter might. Luckily she has becomes fast friends with Cole and a few girls in her bunk. They call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.

Okay so from reading the inside cover, I really didn’t expect too much from this book. I thought it would be some cute summer camp story and I was wrong. It was so good and I finished it within the day. I loved Sam and the other Sleepaway Girls. While I didn’t always agree with Sam’s choices, I loved the outcome in the end. It has just the right amount of drama, relationship/boy issues and pranks for a great summer novel. Makes me wish I had gone to camp when I was younger or got a job as a counselor at an overnight camp.

Sleepaway Girls was published in 2009, so when I saw that a companion book was coming out this year I was so excited to head back to Whispering Pines in….

Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita

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Now this cover is a little more plain than the first, but the title just screams “READ ME!” to me at least. It just sounds like a perfect summer book, which is definitely turned out to be.

In Summer State of Mind, Harper starts summer off with every intention of spending days either shopping at the mall or lounging by the pool at the country club. After her dad gets her latest and most expensive credit card bill in the mail he decides it’s time for Harper to get back to reality and sends her to Whispering Pines. Now Harper who is used to being the popular girl is at the bottom of the social ladder and the “lifers” in her cabin have no intention of befriending her. The one good thing about camp is “lifer” Ethan who she seems to be winning over and if she can make some friends and look at camp with new eyes she might find a new summer state of mind.

So of course when the book starts off I was all mad at the parents and putting myself in Harper’s situation, but of course once she gets to Whispering Pines I am happy again. Sam and Cole, as well as a few other characters, make their appearances in Summer State of Mind which I did enjoy. *Possible spoiler alert, but I don’t feel like it’s a big deal because it was mentioned in one sentence and that was the end of it* I was a bit disappointed that Sam and Cole were no longer dating. Once again Summer State of Mind had the perfect about of drama, boy issues, and pranks to make a perfect summer book. Summer State of Mind also picks up after Sleepaway Girls although it was published five years later.

I do wish there were more Whispering Pines based books, possibly even if a boy camper’s or counselor’s perspective. I tweeted Jen Calonita after finishing Summer State of Mind asking about another book and she said she hopes and that she loves visiting Whispering Pines. I hope so too because Whispering Pines definitely sounds like the best summer camp to go to.