Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 7th 2016
Buy The Book: Book Depository
This summer, Summer's saying goodbye to her best friend, her secret crush and her single mom and is off on a trip of a lifetime to visit her estranged artist father in France.
But right before she's about to board, her phone rings. Should she answer it? Either way, it's going to be a summer Summer will never forget.
Two Summers is a clever contemporary that asks the big ‘what if?’ question. It’s about what different scenarios could happen from one split-second decision. When we meet Summer Everett, she’s at the airport, ready to board a plane to France to spend the summer with her dad. But then she gets a phone call and from that point on, the book splits between the two scenarios that could occur: the one in which she picks up the phone, and the one in which she ignores it and boards the plane. So Summer’s summer is literally split into two, and we get to read what could happen throughout each of them.
In France, Summer has to live with Vivienne and her daughter Eloise, who are living at her father’s house. She also gets to meet Jacque, the gorgeous French guy of her dreams. Meanwhile back at home, Summer enrols on her aunt’s photography course and ends up finally getting to know her long-time crush, Hugh Tyson, who is an absolute sweetheart.
Despite two different love interests in the two separate summers, romance isn’t the main focus of this book, which was a pleasant surprise and extremely refreshing! This story dealt a lot with Summer’s changing relationship with her best friend Ruby, who had made her summer plans based around the fact that Summer wouldn’t be at home. It shows how friends who have been so close for so long sometimes need to take a step back to truly appreciate what they have.
Another main focus of this story is family. Summer learns some things about her parents’ split that she previously had no clue about, and I loved how the book showed Summer learning how deal with that. Her relationship with her mother and her aunt was touching, and I loved the scenes between them.
Summer was a really fun character and I loved her narration of the story, especially when she got nervous in front of Hugh. I also have to mention how much I adored Hugh himself. He was so shy! I love shy guys in YA, there really aren’t enough of them. It was sweet to see the two of them finally work through their nerves and get to know each other properly.
Another thing I loved about this book was Summer discovering her passion for photography. As someone who is rarely apart from her own camera, I adored how Summer learned that she had her own style when it came to taking pictures, and that this could be more than just a hobby for her.
Two Summers really is a perfect summer read. With gorgeous settings and glorious characters, it’s a cute contemporary that will definitely leave you with a smile on your face!
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