The Summer After You and Me

9781492619031First Lines: I open the window shade in my third-story attic bedroom anticipating my usual–somewhat obstructed–ocean view and instead get an eyeful of Connor Malloy, sans shirt, on the roof of his parents’ bungalow.  Better than a mocha latte with two shots of espresso and whipped cream, as far as early-morning eye-openers and guilty pleasures go.

This is one of those books that keeps haunting me before I’ve even read it.  It crops up everywhere!  It kept popping up at the library, in my Black Friday deals, everywhere!  But it was one of those where I wanted to make sure I was in the right mood for it.  The dead of winter was it.

Eh, I’m just going to copy Goodreads on this one too: Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

This was pretty much what I expected it to be: melodramatic and cute.  Which was, frankly, kind of perfect while dealing with a stressful week.  I didn’t have to think too hard to follow along.

Lucy is a strong girl.  She’s pretty independent and wants to go after her dreams, but she’s not exactly all that great with relationships of any kind–family, friends, or dating.  That’s what creates most of the drama here, as she struggles with dating her best friend, crushing on her neighbor, and fighting with her twin brother.

I thought the way the story unraveled was kind of cool.  Most of it is in the present, but it does jump back every now and then to the summer before.  It didn’t happen so frequently to be annoying, which was good.  It was only a couple of times, really.  Just enough to give you information about what happened with Connor.  Also the writing style was fluid and easy to read, something that I appreciated because I could get through this quickly.

It’s just kind of a cute romance.  Don’t look for anything too deep here, because you’re not going to find it, even about Superstorm Sandy.  (Lucy does talk about it and remembers what happened, but it’s still somewhat glossed over.)

Serious question time: Since this is based around an actual event (even if it was only 33-4 years ago), does that make it a historical fiction?  It always gets weird when it’s something that happened in your lifetime.

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