Friday, March 7, 2014

It's Not You, It's Me (8)

"It's not you, it's me."  I'm sure some of us have heard those dreaded words uttered before and the same saying can be applied to books.  Some books just don't work for me, whereas other readers may have really enjoyed them.  This new feature will be showcasing books that I never finished or reviewed; you know…...the dreaded DNF.

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Goodreads says, "All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction. Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?"
My thoughts: Ok, so, the premise sounds fantastic, right? You have Kate who deals with type 1 diabetes, which you don't see often in young adult literature. I actually wish there were more of teenagers dealing with medical issues in contemporary reads. Then there's Aidan, a veteran, who lost his arm in Afghanistan and is still adjusting to life after war. 

This I felt would make for a realistic and compelling read; however, the writing style wasn't engaging enough for me. I only read the first fifty pages or so, but I found my mind wandering and not staying focused on the plot. I just wasn't feeling it.  Plus, you know this beach bum was asking herself the all important question: Where's the "summer" and the beach? I know I didn't read the entire story, but I didn't get the vibe that this was a "summer" story much like the cover hints at.  It was all very confusing.

So, have you read this book? Did you love it, hate it, or felt "meh" about it? Let me know your thoughts!


7 comments:

  1. I would definitely think "summer" and "beach" based off that cover, so it's interesting to learn that it didn't feel all that summery to you (well at least in the beginning). Sometimes a book just doesn't work, and I used to force myself to finish because I'd feel guilty giving up, but now I've come to accept that if a story doesn't grab me in the first 50 or 75 pages, then it's okay to move on to something else:)

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    1. I know, right?! That is what initially interested me. I read someone else's review (who finished the book) that said there wasn't a beach or summer in the book, so I am definitely perplexed. I have started to read the first 50 pages as well and if I am not invested, then I definitely move on. There are too many good books out there to get caught up in a mediocre one. Happy Friday, Jenny! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Judging by the cover I thought this would be such a YOU book. I guess covers can be misleading!

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    1. I KNOW!!! I really thought I would hit it off with this book, but I guess that's why they say never judge a book by its cover, right?! :) Thanks for dropping by, Leanna!

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  3. Bummer! And I'm with Daisy, with that gorgeous cover.

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    1. I know, right?! That's what initially attracted me--the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for dropping by, Juju!

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  4. That cover is very summertime-beach-read, so that's strange that it didn't give off that vibe while reading the first 50 pages. Guess it's one of those cases where they chose an appealing cover, but not one that fit the book!

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