Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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?
What I Thought…
• The Summer After You and Me (SAYM from here on out) and I got of to a slow start. For the first 3/4 of the book I found things to be moving slow, even the parts where things were happening. Then the last 1/4 of the book happened and I was completely wowed.
• I cannot say enough about how much I loved how everything came together at the end of SAYM. Between the boy, the friends and the family and Lucy working out her own issues with all of the above it was fantastic.
• Lucy did not always make the best decisions, which given that she is a teenager is not surprising. What bothered me most though is the secret she kept from her friends. Obviously it came back to bite her in the butt later on, but I didn’t understand why she felt the need to keep it a secret.
• For the most part Lucy’s friends were good, though there was one thing they did that really pissed me off, but I like the way it was handled in the end, so I let it go (at least a little bit).
• Lucy’s twin brother Liam wasn’t the nicest guy around. He definitely has some issues and there is a lot of tension between them, and it only escalates from there. With all that said though, when push comes to shove he is a brother to her above all else.
• One of my favorite aspects of the book was how Lucy, her family and the town dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy did a lot of damage and obviously it’s hard for everyone, including small beach towns, to repair, rebuild and continue on.
• Connor and Lucy have a slow build, which I appreciate. Lots of tension (and of course some miscommunication).
• Based on the story and feels alone SAYM would be a 4 star book, but I had to knock it down to 3 stars given that I had an huge issue with the way the past and present were written. Most of the story is told in the present with these flashbacks to the past, only sometimes I didn’t know I was reading a flashback until it mentioned that it was pre-Hurricane Sandy. This was both confusing and irritating.