Review ~ The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have to give this about 3.5 stars. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this story.
I have a major weakness for soldiers, and Aidan/Aiden was a great character. I actually liked him a lot. He has PTSD, which isn’t really a visible ailment, but downside is Aidan also has a missing arm. There are other issues as well, and Perry writes Aidan really well. However, there are a lot of grammatical errors, but this is an ARC so I hope all that was fixed before it released. Also, there was one time in the beginning where Aidan clenched his fists ( although he only has one fist). It happens again toward the end, but that time the Aidan realizes he only has one fist. Other than that, I truly love Aidan.
Kate was a bit difficult for me to like until the end. She grew on me. Perry did a great job with Kate and wrote a realistic account of a teenager with type one diabetes. My thirteen year old son was diagnosed at the age of three, and he never behaved the way Kate did. So that part of her bothered me. But most teenagers rebel against the disease either because it’s new or because they’re tired of it. I hope I don’t have to go through this with my son. But I didn’t like seeing Kate act out and ignore her disease. She redeems herself in the end.
I think the story needed more meat or something, not sure what, it was just missing something for me. I needed more of a connection with Aidan and Kate.
And I’m also not sure why it has this title, because she didn’t find him in the Summer, nor did she spend any part of the summer with him during the book. So I’m so confused about that. I’d love to understand that.
It’s not a bad story and totally worth a read, especially if you’d like to learn about two major, realistic issues.
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?