Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bite size 5 Star review of The Summer After You & Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You & Me
By: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski 

Published: May 1, 2015 by sourcebooks fire
Genres: YA, Contemporary Romance, Recovery, Hurricane Sandy, Natural Disaster, Social issues, Marine Biology/Sea Life, Family & Friend Drama, Philosophical 

Rating: 5 stars

Overview:
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?

Review:
This book was so balanced. It was like surfing a wave: the freshness of the plot, the tension in the character dynamics, the excitement of emotional suspense and the satisfaction and joy of a solid ride. No one else has written a book from this perspective about Hurricane Sandy, and it will open many eyes. What I love is the gloriously harmonious mixture of natural disaster, marine life, family drama, romance and deep psychological/philosophical thought. I can't think of a more perfect summer read. Or anytime of the year read for that matter. Enjoy!