ARC Review: The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine7:00 AM
Title: The Season of You and Me
Author: Robin Constantine
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.
Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.
I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Season of You and Me is the perfect beach read - it's a light, fluffy and quick read. Everything screams at me that I should be loving this book because I am a sucker for light contemporary beach reads, but the thing is, I just couldn't connect with the characters and the story. Maybe it's because it reminds me too much of Summer of Sloane, although I know that it wasn't any of the authors' intention. Or maybe it's because I am annoyed by the repeated use of #wheelchairperk. I don't know which one it is, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would.
The Season of You and Me is about a girl who spends the whole summer with her father and his wife in New Jersey to get over Gavin, the guy who cheated on her. There, she gets to spend time with her half-brother Hunter. She also goes to work in Camp Matinee, where she meets Bryan, Tori, Wade, and the rest of the merry band.
What I loved about this book is how amazing Cass' relationship with her father and his new family is. She's completely close with her half-brother Hunter, and even goes out of her way to spend time with him. Hunter also completely adores her, and loves it when she's around. Leslie, her father's new wife, is not just civil with her, but treats her like family; Cass, on the other hand, doesn't have any negative feelings towards Leslie. Leslie and Cass' mom are also friends - not civil, not hating on each other, but friends who hug each other. I guess these types of families are usually shown as messy and full of hatred that it was refreshing to see something like this. Although they obviously are not so close and friendly with each other to make it seem annoying and unrealistic.
I guess that's it. I don't really have much to say about this book other than that, which is why I have a hard time with giving this more stars. My mind is telling me that I sohuld love this because it's the type of read that I usually really love, but this one just didn't make me feel anything at all. That's why I couldn't give this more stars. Anyway, you guys should still read this book though, since I think I'm just being the black sheep here.
3.5 I-don't-feel-anything stars