WHEN SUMMER ENDS
Author: Isabelle Rae
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: September 26, 2012
Recommended Reading: AGE 17+ (Some sexual situations)
Contains no spoilers[/note]
THE GIST: Hey cutie! This book is just freaking adorable! It is so freaking sweet; so freaking perfect!
Ugh, wait a minute. Ahhhhhh! *screams and throws fists up in the air in annoyance* Ok I’m better.
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. Who doesn’t love a forbidden romance being pulled apart by none other than the school system and their darn rules? What? A teacher and a 17-year-old girl isn’t just a school system issue? Well crap – it’s illegal too.
I knew going in that the story was about a young girl and an older boy. I knew I could deal with that if I was sold on the love story behind it. What I couldn’t get past was some of the most annoying word choices I have ever read. If I had to read “cutie”, “adorable”, or “sweet” one more time I might have thrown my beloved Nook into passing interstate traffic.
When Summer Ends has the potential for a pretty solid story but it just falls short. I had my moments of intense I need-to-know-what-happens-next, but overall, I skimmed, I yawned, I was let down.
[note color=”#efeef2″]SYNOPSIS: Chloe Henderson has never been one to break the rules or push the boundaries… but during her summer break, she and her friends use fake IDs to sneak into a club. It’s there that she meets handsome and alluring bartender, Will Morris. The pair hit it off immediately, growing closer with every passing day. But as with every summer, it has to end sometime.
Chloe’s senior year approaches and there’s a shock in store when she returns to do her final year at school. Will is there too, but he’s not one of her fellow students…
A tale of forbidden love, broken hearts, friendship, and rivalry.[/note]
THE LOWDOWN: Forbidden love is what usually gets my attention when I read the synopsis of a book. I’m all about the heartache and the intense need to be together in a story. When Summer Ends just didn’t get me to that point.
The book turned very juvenile very quickly. Literally, when summer ended, so did my need to fully engage in this story. It was drawn out, and it used the word “freaking” way too many times making the main character Chloe seem even more self-absorbed and childish than I believe the author intended. I want to like the main character, not to duct tape her mouth shut.
The main boy in this story, Will, was likeable. He had his moments where my heart would flutter. His date ideas were pretty inventive, and they made him seem like a great catch. He called Chloe cutie. All. The. Time. It was not cute. It was annoying and way too cheesy for me. He also flicked her nose a lot. Weird.
The love story between Chloe and Will was mainly sweet; not very hot. I pick up a book to get fully immersed in the love. Isabelle Rae would touch on it, she would say it, but wouldn’t give me the details I so craved. This was definitely geared towards younger readers in this genre.
I did however, really like the supporting characters. Sam, who was Will’s younger brother, was charming and funny. He brought a little something to this long story. Part of me was wishing Chloe would end up falling for Sam. It may have brought some life back into the story for me; throw me a sudden curve ball!
I promise I did like this book. Like I said before, it had potential written all over it. Unfortunately, it never quite made it. Definitely not a book I would read again or run out and tell the world about. It needed less filler, some good editing, and maybe a little less cheese.