Device and smack her senseless She thinks having a disease makes her feel gross I suspect this has a lot to do with the lying down on the public bathroom floor Ewww to administer her insulin because she s scared of needles but knowing Kate s logic about her condition who really knows She has some insatiable need to make herself out as a victim when she doesn t need to And I m not sure someone who doesn t even have any sense of life preservation should be having sex at this point of emotional maturity I mean perish the thought this girl gets pregnantIf this is believable realistic behavior for a seventeen year old is debatable because the only seventeen year old girls I know right now are all book characters who have either survived dystopian conditions or FUBAR families And I think this is where the book falters a lot Kate wasn t made into anybody else but the diabetic girl moping about her condition flirting with the one armed guy That even when AidanAiden recognizes Kate s immaturity and the book relies heavily on that precedent to excuse her behavior even when it better serves to contrast Kate s growth as a character I ust can t understand or sympathize with her Even if she s a not really so young girl with her whole life ahead of her burdened with the responsibility of proactively keeping herself alive That is still asking for far too much from me I don t know if it was Kate s terrible character that made AidanAiden the better half of the story Although I m wondering view spoiler the morning after they had sex the first thing he does is take a phone photo with Kate hide spoiler So I ve spent the last four hours reading this entire book and wondering a few things1 Is it Aidan or Aiden Seriously This is so obvious it s not even Writing 101 It s like Common Sense 101 You should know how to spell your own character s name2 Did this book not have betas Because it has legitimately the worst grammar and punctuation I ve seen in any book ever Someone teach Jolene Perry how to use a comma and apostrophes and uestion marks and proper sentence structure eg I m one of the girls who roll her eyes every day they wear their cute little uniforms This sentence should be either referring to the speaker herself I m one of the girls who rolls her eyes or referring to the girls as a group I m one of the girls who roll their eyes And I m not The GI Bride just being picky here there were so many sentences with such poor wording that I had to read them twice or three timesust to figure out what they were trying to say I realize that what I read was a galley and all of this could be fixed by the time the final version is published but I sincerely doubt it Galleys should not have even been sent out with the book in this condition You know that feeling that you used to get in high school when you had to critiue someone else s paper and all you wanted to do was rewrite every other sentence to make it flow better and actually you know follow the rules of the English language That was how I felt throughout this whole bookAnd 3 What is with that cover It s not relevant to the book at all Neither for that matter is the title The book does not even take place in the summer It takes place during the school year because how else would we have been forced to sit through the totally traumatic experience of seeing Kate s ex boyfriend with his stereotypical new cheerleader girlfriend or the actually traumatic experience of visualizing Kate lying on the disgusting school bathroom floor poking herself with a needle For a girl who complains about feeling gross because she has a disease she sure didn t seem that horrified to be basically guaranteeing herself an infection of some kind by getting the needle that close to all the bacteria that s definitely partying down thereThese things aside though it really is difficult for me to brush off the grammar thing the book was okay The story was not bad but the execution was Kate and AidanAiden were both self absorbed but what bothers me the most is that Aidan is self absorbed in a way that makes it seem like he is that way because of how much he cares for someone else and Kate is self absorbed in a way that makes you want to slap her We re supposed to believe that AidanAiden won t go see his sergeant s wife because of how much he thinks he failed him or her but in reality he won t go see her because he doesn t want to be reminded of it Or at least that s what I got out of it I ust why attempt to give the male character an excuse for his selfishness but not the female character This way it ust gives people a reason to blame the girl for the book s failures People now get to say that she was annoying and whiny and narcissistic view spoiler God what kind of person avoids her problems to the point where she ends up in the hospital How shallow that she won t consider an insulin tube because of the way it looks Kate stop being so horrible and tell him the truth Stop doing this to your family hide spoiler Actual rating 25 stars This book is actually uite a hard one to write a review for because on one hand it s not a bad book but I don t particularly like it either because I couldn t connect with the characters and the entire story is ust kinda like bland pasta not terrible enough for you to hate it but also doesn t leave a good impressionNow lets talk about the charactersKate At the start I didn t really mind Kate at all She was your typical YA heroine and I was ust like yeah yeah whatever she s not too bad I can deal with her And then I started to see her annoying selfish side when she doesn t take her medication and argues with her mum and dad when they ground her and take away her car because her health is in dangerNow I can understand where Kate is coming from She s been diagnosed with type one diabetes and she Ratscalibur just wants to be normal like everyone else so she pretends that she doesn t have it What I m frustrated with is that she never ever thinks about the conseuences of her actions such as not taking her medication and how serious her illness is until Aidan confronts her about it and she s suddenly like oh My illness is actually serious I could die Wow I m probably being insensitive about this but itust feels as if she suddenly realised all this and gets her act together only because Aidan found out and was disappointed with herAidanAidan was a slightly better character than Kate though in my opinion still kinda bland Aidan lost his right arm when he was in the army and unlike Kate who wants to pretend everything is normal Aidan is frustrated with how everyone is treating him like he is normal You would think that due to Kate s illness and Aidan s disability that they would help and balance each other out but since Aidan only finds out about Kate s condition at the end of the book it s mostly The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, just Kate helping Aidan overcoming his issue with his lost arm and even that wasust skimming the surfaceI also felt that while Aidan and Kate s attraction to each other was developed decently it could ve been developed further before they realised they had feelings for each otherOther charactersThe secondary characters are all uite flat and one dimensional to me such as the ex boyfriend Sheldon that name The Selected Poems just reminds me of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory and letsust say it s not good who is presented as this neat organised preppy dude like it s a bad thing and apart from Kate telling me how she misses the way he stares at her I don t even know why she liked him in the first placeThe best friend Jen wasn t developed any further than her basic purpose which was to hook Aidan and Kate together and uh yeah this is the same with Kate s sister and Aidan s mother where their main purpose is to push those two togetherThis is not a terrible book but I don t think it s a memorable one Comparing this to Something Like Normal which is also a contemporary love story about a guy who gets discharged from the army The summer I found you I never once got the summer vibe pales in comparison But yeah if you re bored still check this outI received this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley The Summer I Found You follows through the eyes of 17 year old Kate who has A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent just been dumped by her boyfriend of over a year Shelton Kate is upset and doesn t know what to do On top of going through the breakup she is still struggling with her Type 1 Diabetes her family is worried about her since she is not taking it seriously and sheust wants it to go away The Summer I Found You also follows the eyes of 19 year old Aiden Aiden has My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA just come back from Afghanistan after losing his right arm and his friend Pilot He s having nightmares sweating in his sleep and has no idea what to do with his life now These two will come together in a romance but do they really have something or are they bothust using each other as a distraction from the chaos of their lives Jolene Perry is an author I have loved for along time I have read 4 of her novels now and plan on reading many She is one of my favorite contemporary writers if it be YA novels or NA novels Her novels are always so realistic so heart breaking and warming and she writes some great romance Anyone that enjoys contemporary romance I highly suggest checking out her books I have loved all 4 of her novels I have read Night Sky Knee Deep Falling and The Summer I Found YouThis was such a splendid read I completely devoured this book Monday morning it s a short book 240 pages so it didn t take me too long finish Even though this book was shorter I could not believe how well I felt I knew the characters by the end of it Kate and Aiden were both character that were so easy to love and feel sorry for everything they were going through at such a young age Even though both of them were going through so much I still felt they handled everything very well Besides Kate and Aiden Kate s parents were both characters that were very likable along with Kate s best friend Jen who is the complete opposite of her Overall I ust adored this book There was romance heart break grief struggle friendship family everything that makes up an amazing heartwarming contemporary novel For anyone not ready for the chilly weather that is going to hit Washington and want a sweet contemporary novel then I highly recommend The Summer I Found You. D young veteran struggling to embrace his new life When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached But could they be right for each other after all.
Review This is my third Jolene Perry book and I have to say I think she is a favorite of mine I really enjoyed The Summer I Found You and had a hard time putting it downKate is dealing with being broken up with and her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis Aidan is struggling with losing is his arm in Afghanistan and what to do now that he won t a lifer in the Army When Aidan s cousin introduces the two they see each other as nothing than a distraction from the things in their lives Over time though they grow to be much than thatI really like Kate She wasn t perfect at all and maybe kind of annoying but I still thought that was relatable She was dealing with a breakup she didn t see coming and a diagnosis she hasn t accepted While she was super irresponsible with her Diabetes I think it was her ust not coming to terms with it and a lot of that has to do with agematurity level which I can see happeningAidan not only had to deal with losing his arm which is huge in itself but the Army was his life plan He needs to figure out what to do next One thing that I loved about Aidan was his relationship with his mom While he has to love with his aunt and uncle he visited his mom a lot and they had such a cute bondKate and Aidan at first were so unsure of each other Kate blurts out the first thing on her mind all the time which actually seems to be endearing to Aidan Everyone one is watching what they say or pretending that he doesn t have one arm and I think Kate Nine Ghosts just talking and asking uestions actually makes him a bit comfortable overall I liked how the relationship developed and they realized that they actually had feelings for each other and weren tust distractionsI had two issues with the book though One I wish Kate would have Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia just opened up about her diabetes with Aidan I mean come on he has gone through a lot her will understand Two the book is not set in summer and I don t remember the beach being a thing That cover and title don t make sense Still those are totally minor things I read this super uick and really enjoyed the story the characters and the romanceThis review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog I ve been teetering between rating stars since I read it There wasn t anything really wrong with it Iust didn t fall in love with the story I couldn t really get into the characters This is dual perspective so we get a good feel of what s going on inside each of their headsKate was diagnosed with diabetes a year prior to the start of this book and it s been a big adjustment for her The one person that has been with her through it all has been her boyfriend Shelton who promptly breaks up with her on the very first line of the very first chapter Six weeks before prom total winner right Kate feels betrayed Kate feels upset Kate gets depressed Kate tries to make him ealous with her best friend Jen s cousin Jen s cousin Aidan was honorably discharged from the army at only nineteen after losing his right arm from a bomb What does Aidan think of all this That Kate is an obnoxious high school girl I half agree and half disagreeShe has every right to be hurt about the break up they were together for a year for crying out loud But where she is extremely childish is on her health She doesn t keep up with her insulin lies about her numbers basically deciding that if she pretends she doesn t have diabetes that it will go away Smart thinking Kate She really irritated me with her health Diabetes isn t something you can ust do whatever your childish heart desires I mean I understand in a way that she doesn t want to tell the whole world about her diabetes because she doesn t want everyone s pity but she acts like diabetes is like the end all be all cancer that s going to kill her Yeah you have to make tough adjustments Yeah you have to give yourself insulin shots for the rest of your life But come on diabetes Kate was overdramatic about the entire thing Too many times I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking grow up KateAidan was a much much interesting character to read about He didn t The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) join the army because of obligation or for the benefits or the money Heoined the army because that was his career That s what he wanted to do with his life And now because of some bomb he is without his career and his dominant arm He s coping with the loss of his arm with the life he planned out He s coping with the loss of his dignity and dealing with the guilt of surviving while his superior did not He has to learn to live again to drive again to dress himself and how to eat and how to do menial tasks all over againThe two of them hang out because Kate wants to abandon her responsibilities and it s not long until they fall for each other Yeah they re love story is cute But in all honesty I wasn t swooning at all It was all so blah So boring They sleep together and it was so lack luster Like that s it I didn t feel any depth Kate passes out because she didn t give herself enough insulin and because she refused to let Aidan whom she slept with whom she supposedly had feelings for someone who was supposed to be open with him that she had diabetes So she gets hospitalized and after Aidan finds out what happened he goes off on her in her hospital room Rightfully so in my opinion Could ve avoided it all KateThere were parts of this book that felt so cheesy so odd Take when Shelton found her in the hallway and administered her insulin for example Like um unrealistic muchThis book was short and lacking I finished it uick and forgot about it Riding Hard just as uick I forgot I read it and forgot to write my review until I looked at my reading challenge I think the most disappointing thing about this book is that it does not take place in summer Not even the end of the book is in summer Prom doesn t even happen in this book Maybe I must picky but I was kinda hoping that a book with summer in the title would actually take place in the summerYou can read the rest of my review here olene Perry is one of those authors where if she writes a book I must read it own it and sniff it So I was so excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of The Summer I Found YouAt first I thought the book was going to be a little weird for me Reading about a guy who lost his arm and a girl with diabetes and their budding romance had me a little on edge How could a one armed guy possibly be sexy How was this book going to keep me interested Well I didn t even need to ask those uestions because they never crossed my mind once I was actually reading the bookKate is a terrible girl She Arabian Challenge just found out she has a life threatening disease and she can t be responsible enough to take her insulin or eat right She is setting herself up to die and I can t find it in me to feel sorry for her Her top priority is worrying about her ex dumping her Not that fact that she could slip into a diabetic coma at any secondAiden is awesome Aside from the whole PTSD thing But would you really expect a guy who lost his arm and a good friend to be okay To me he seemed pretty good for a guy who went through hell and back He lost his career his future his motivation but he survived in the end He is kind caring and all the things that I don t think Kate deserved at first But they worked together so well and I am glad they found each otherI really loved how the book combined such trivial high school things with some very tough choices and lifestyles On on hand I can understand Kateust wanting to live a normal life but on the other hand I can t condone her lack of self preservationThe ending had me worried for a little bit but I am glad it happened the way it did Kate needed a wake up call and I think Aiden was the only one who was able to do that for her Which is uite sad considering they hadn t known each other that long When your FAMILY and FRIENDS cannot convince you to save yourself then you really need to rethink your priorities in lifeUpdate 6292015 I have been thinking about this book a lot lately I adore the author and I love her work so her books are always popping into my head Last night I was thinking about how I have a few different illnesses but most of them I can hide because they are inside I feel like Kate thought she could hide her disability and get away with it which technically she could But it wasn t right of her to do that Aiden can t hide his disability I am torn between right and wrong here I don t normally tell people about my ailments unless they ask or if my one visual ailment is present Oh the one hand I completely understand wanting to hide your flaws But on the other hand Kate was getting into a relationship with a guy who she could somewhat relate to in terms of disabilities But she didn t and I can t fathom why Internal conflict aside I truly think everyone should read at least one of Jolene Perry s books They are always deep and beautiful and they have such horrible trials that each character must over some Her books are very inspiring I know they inspired meOverall I gave the book 55 kitties See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsMini ReviewMy belief is that if you want to write an effective story about fatal illnesses you don t want your story to be too short I feel that 250 pages is too short for a book that deals with these types of topics as they do call for detail and emotional build ups The Summer I Found You held a lot of potential though was failed by the execution Read lack of depth and unlikable narratorI loved the idea of a girl with Type 1 Diabetes and a guy with only one arm coming together though I knew it was going to be extremely hard to nail down seamlessly Ever since Kate was diagnosed with diabetes she feels annoyed at everyone for treating her like a fragile glass doll Afraid to hurt her always checking on her because of her diabetes She s sick of it She doesn t want to go to the doctor for check ups she s sick of all the empathetic looks I liked Kate at the beginning she seemed like a convincing teen who ust wanted her life back But when she started recording different numbers for her blood pressure onto her notebook for her doctor my opinion of her flipped She clearly does not now how fatal diabetes can get without the correct treatment She thinks if she can fool the doctor and her parents she ll be able to fool her illness as well Even when her parents get worried sick. All they have in common is that they're less than perfect And all they're looking for is the perfect distractionKate's dream boyfriend has ust broken up with her and sh.
Her motives do not change Kate darling use your brain while you still can diabetes is no Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students joking matterThe romance was pretty half hearted as well I did not feel the chemistry at all I wanted of a build up or something that could make it realistic I found myself skimming most of the romance parts because it was not the slightest bit fascinatingOverall a really dissatisfying novel with poor characters romance and depth I wouldn t recommend it Thank you Albert Whitman for sending me this copy Visit YA Book ueens for reviewsNOTE I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review It s extremely difficult for me to review this book for two reasons one I enjoyed this but there were problems and two I m a critical reader and that plays a huge role in my overall rating of a particular book On one hand I had fun reading this book and it was an enjoyable read but on the other hand there were multiple things that annoyed me about The Summer I Found You making me not want to give it a higher rating than two and a half stars The first thing I need to get of my chest Is Aidan s name spelled Aidan or Aiden Throughout the book there were constant mishaps where both spellings of the name were used This really irritates me I think an author should know the name that they chose for their character especially if said character is the first thing mentioned in the acknowledgments at the end of the book Also the overall grammar in this book wasust downright bad Not unbearable but not good I understand that this is an ARC but I haven t read an ARC yet with so many grammatical errors as this one But even though the grammar was bad and the author couldn t decide what way to spell her love interest s name I thought the book was fun and easy to read At the time I was simply looking for something cute and light and this book is definitely that This is where my next problem comes in This book isn t supposed to be cute and light The Summer I Found You is dealing with a wounded veteran who lost a limb and a girl who s suffering from a breakup and diabetes Is it ILLERAMMA Kathalu just me but don t you think Aidan s circumstances areust a little bit severe than Kate s The only reason diabetes is a big deal for Kate is because she never keeps track of her carb intake and she doesn t take her shots like she s supposed to And everyone gets dumped Kate should get used to that if she s only seventeen There are some serious issues being dealt with in this book I think and in my opinion The Summer I Found You ust sort of glazed over them The characters weren t amazing but they were normal They re what one expects from a contemporary novel to be honest Kate and Aidan aren t exceptional or anything but they re entertaining The thing with those two is that they re okay as separate people but I don t think they make a good couple For the first half of the novel they re both using each other as distractions for the hardships they re enduring in their life Then they fall in love but I think they re still leaning on each other too much I think that a healthy relationship has balance I also think a healthy relationship is based on trust and honesty but Kate sure doesn t think so because she doesn t tell Aidan about her diabetes until it s almost too late Kate and Aidan both struggle with this but they need to realize that they re not the only ones with problems in their lives They re a bit selfish like that and they didn t appeal to me as much as I would ve liked them too Also the split POVs weren t working for me It was better than some novels that I didn t like that had split POVs but it still wasn t done amazingly Sometimes I found myself in Kate s POV wishing I was in Aidan s and vice versa It should ve ust been in Kate s or ust in Aidan s Aidan s preferably because he was dealing with a lot and it would ve made a powerful YA novel Lastly the cover image and the title have nothing to do with the book For the cover they never go to a beach Kate passes out before they get there For the title it wasn t even summer in the book It was during the school year They thought about summer but it was never really summerIn conclusion Kate and Aidan are rough around the edges as characters and they didn t work well together as a couple because they were essentially using each other the entire time even after they thought they fell in love This book needs a copy editor because the use of AidanAiden was annoying and the sentence structure in many of the sentences wasn t great Overall this book was enjoyable and readers who aren t critical will enjoy it for sure I was so excited to read this book I mean who wouldn t be when spotting a summery cover when it s like 4 degrees outside This is a definite seasonal read I must tell you And now when looking back at the outcome I m very pleased because I did manage to shed some tears of happiness First thoughts DAMN WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE Jolene Perry has written such a freaking awesome story that got me fanning myself because of the feels The feels were honestly outrageous What this book did to me was so different and I wish that there was buzz MORE PEOPLE NEED TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS BOOK AND I WILL BE THE PERSON TO DO IT Jolene Perry is the new Sarah Dessen except her stories are from the heart and deal with such tough subjects This all begins when Kate s love of her life suddenly breaks up with her on a random day with no explanation why And then she sees him with a mystery girl and this obviously breaks her heart Soon after Kate meets Aidan an older guy who lost his arm while fighting in the military He has lost the ob that took his life and made it amazing but he now guesses that Kate s made it the best ever But what happens when you have a medical condition such as diabetes and you don t tell the person you love the most You better tell them Kate didn t and well In the end at the same time she became a fighter and stronger than you d ever expect her to become Aidan made her stronger I must admit that I complained of my boredom in the beginning through the middle The book seemed to have such a huge resemblance to While He Was Away by Karen Schreck and I was all Why wasn t this uniue but as I continued reading things happened that made me scream and sueal and fangirl all of the feels that makes a reading experience even greater Aidan was SO HOT LIKE UGH EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM WAS PERFECT His personality He was so sweet EEE HIM HIM HIM HIS VOICE EVERYTHING DO YOU GET IT I The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems just don t know how else to describe his perfection because he was there throughout for Kate and they were perfect NOT A DOUCHEBAG WHATSOEVER The concept didn t seem to originally sound like a deep gorgeous romance story But that s what it turned out to become The scenes were interesting and I m the type who loves picture perfect romance so I obviously kept on reading forever and ever until the book was ever I found myself taking it slow and reading it on my own basis because I was so intrigued WHY DID AIDAN DO THIS TO ME Picture perfect romance AIDAN AIDAN a deep story touching moments and did I say Aidan this book was fantastic I wasn t able to let it go and I still imagine what would happen next because Jolene Perry is one of the best writers of chick lit fiction that I ve read this year I NEED MORE This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived check it out for reviews 25 STARS Something Like Normal was easily one of the most enjoyable New Adult books I ve read this year and I was fully under the impression that this will be following a similar vein but with heavier emotional heft as the hero AidanAiden it varies Connelly not only suffers from PTSD but also lost an arm from his tour in Afghanistan and the heroine Kate Walker a distant family acuaintance was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Such heavy potential right there which unfortunately kept at being all potential none kinetic Iust dropped some Physics right there Recognize peopleBecause apart from protesting about carrying a big bag containing her diabetes paraphernalia You don t understand It s forever Kate is reeling from getting dumped by her Princeton bound Obama wannabe boyfriend for a cheerleader She really needs a distraction from all that heartache and responsibility to keep herself alive And that s where AidanAiden comes in Who also needs a distraction from the things that he s actively avoiding from doing like figuring out what to do with his life now that he s a veteran At nineteen Or visiting the widow of the guy who ended up dead beside him when his arm was blasted off And he really needs someone to say to his face that he has one arm which Kate luckily loves doing while not telling AidanAiden her condition And from there you can pretty much surmise where things will go and how things will pan out This was told in alternating POVs between Kate and AidanAiden in a back and forth manner which is never my favorite storytelling device because it doesn t necessarily serve the progression of the story best but ust feels like something done for symmetry This is my first read form this author and the writing wasn t exceptionally good but wasn t offensive either Oh wait the sheer number of times or something was usedabused as sentence filler 27 if you re curious Yeah not offensive but cringe worthy nonetheless The dialogue was okay though if I was a seventeen year old girl I d probably be offended by Perry s interpretation of a girl from that ageNow I really really need to be careful here because it is so easy to point the blame at Kate for dragging the story down with her immaturity and selfishness refusing to face the gravity of her disease From the 33 year old vantage point taking shots of insulin everyday indefinitely versus I dunno life altering end organ damage andor certain death that s really not up for discussion However from someone as young as Kate I think I can remotely understand some of her bitterness on her first world problems I can t imagine one of those How awkward would it have made Aidan Some electronic thing strapped to me A small tube inserted in my skin I shudder at how weird and gross that would be Attached Emphasis on the SOME and the REMOTELY And the rest really was completely ridiculous The kind that makes you want to reach into your reading. E's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school Now he's a disable.
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