Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 9, 2019 by Tor Teen
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Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he's losing his vision at seventeen?
Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she's starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.
Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When Summer Ends is such a fun YA contemporary that will be the perfect summer read! It follows two characters Olivia and Aiden as they experience a summer different than they originally planned.
This was such a cute story, and super quick to get through as well. As I was reading I got some Morgan Matson vibes because of the summer setting and the characterization. One thing I loved about the novel is that it’s set at a lake with lots of summer activities. It was super fun to read about and picture the water and the hiking.
“Being outside makes me think, but it also helps me forget. It tricks me, with its colors and textures and sounds, into forgetting everything that I’m missing.”
Even though overall the book was light and summery, both Olivia and Aiden are going through some major changes. Olivia is having to move right before her senior year, she breaks up with her long term boyfriend, and her mother is trying to come back into her life. Aiden is slowly losing his sight, and had to quit the baseball team ,which was a huge part of his life for so long. I liked that both characters were able to lean on each other and help with the changes, but they weren’t dependent on one another.
Since Olivia is experiencing so many changes over the summer, she decides to embrace it and start taking more chances. She decides the best way to do this is by flipping coins when she has the opportunity to do something she normally wouldn’t. I thought this would be a cute thing, and it was, but it didn’t come up as often as I thought it would and I would have enjoyed seeing this more often in the story.
“No-strings is so not my style. It’s my antithesis. I am basically one giant ball of strings and exposed nerves.”
One critique I have is that even though Aiden is going blind, it didn’t feature as much in the story as I thought it would. Also, it’s something that is reversible, so even though he’s experiencing this huge change, it doesn’t have as much weight since he’s going to get better and he knows it.
Overall I think this is a fun book to read, especially by the pool or at the beach this summer!