The Summer I Found You

First Lines: “I just don’t really see us going anywhere, Kate.”  Shelton leans sideways against the locker.  He shouldn’t be leaning, not when he’s so obviously breaking up with me–even if his eyes are apologetic.

This was a book I discovered through another book by this author.  I read the blurb and thought, “Huh, this actually sounds better than the book that got me here!”  So I decided to try it out.  One last summer fling, if you will.

Kate’s boyfriend–driven, determined, and definitely going places–just broke up with her and she still trying to come to terms with her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.  Aidan’s dream career–lifetime soldier–shatters underneath him when he loses an arm on his first deployment to Afghanistan.  When they meet, neither Kate nor Aidan are looking for anything.  But what happens when they may be right for each other?

Honestly, it’s just a cute story.  (And ironically, doesn’t take place in summer…I just realized that.)  Pretty much what you’re expecting is what you get.

The characters were interesting.  Kate is in some serious denial about her diabetes, and I can’t entirely blame her for it.  That’s a serious lifestyle change, and at a time when everyone just wants to be “normal.”  There’s no way for Kate to blend in when she constantly needs to check her blood sugar levels.  And there’s really no way for one-armed Aidan to blend in with…only one arm.  It was cute that these were the things that drew them together.

Apart from their own coming-to-terms-with-reality moments, there were some other really cute things about this book.  Aidan and Kate are cute together.  Their scenes are adorable.  And there’s also some good stuff about being with the one you’re meant to be with, not just the first guy who finds you.

Really, my only strike against this book is that I thought the ending came too fast.  The first 3/4 of the book felt pretty well-paced.  And then the ending was like BAM!  It just wrapped up too quickly.

(Ok, and there may be a little bit of instalove, but certainly not as bad as some books write it.  I thought it was fine.  Some other reviews did not.)

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