by Kailin Gow
Published: May 28th 2012
Review copy provided by author.
Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt's beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans - her best friend Rachel and Rachel's brothers Nathaniel, and Drew. Here at Aunt Sookie's beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel's friend. For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did...and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.
Loving Summer was short, sweet, and believable. This is the perfect setting for the hot season, and you'll literally feel every scene come to life on each page. Kailin Gow is an outstanding author capturing every essence of a young girl trying to figure out what she wants and how to deal with love.
What can I say? This book was indeed a loving summer. I've never read a story that included so many potentials chasing after one girl. I was tired for her, knowing she'd have to make such a huge decision in the end: which guy to choose, or if she should choose any at all? For some reason I'd probably stay by myself and choose none of them, especially when two of them were brothers. Kailin had us confused till the end, not leaving any hint at all as to who Summer's going to choose.
I like the fact that the story wasn't only about new found love or how to come to terms with your feelings, it also portrayed the pain of a broken family, health issues, and losing a loved one. I laughed with the characters, yelled at Summer to pick Drew, and cried in their moments of sorrow. One thing I did question is the fact that the main character kissed all three of the guys in their own unique and passionate way. It's like no kiss was better than the other. Summer had butterflies for each guy and it just complicated things even more, for her at least. I already made my pick from the start and I'm never going back on my decision.
Drew's this playboy who no one takes seriously. He's the guy your parents warn you about, and everyone thinks he's this carefree person who thinks of nothing else but himself, but once he saw Summer again and was back at the beach house you got to see the real side to him. And I loved who he was underneath the star football player all the girls went for. I loved how he made an effort to just be himself, and he had no problem with being honest with his feelings. Nat, was clearly the opposite. He took on so much that he kind of stopped enjoying himself was I can't believe that even though he loved Summer that much he disregarded her feelings all those years. Jerk. I kicked him out of the competition the moment I became aware of the situation.
Astor is this star that's not far from having the same effect on girls that Drew has, only he doesn't play around the way Drew used to. I like his personality but he seemed too perfect, and we all know perfect is boring. He didn't really leave an impact on me and I wasn't interested in his scenes.
We can't forget Rachel, though she was hardly in the story. Well, sort of. I liked how she was having fun with her new boyfriend but I hated how hard she was on her brother. In my opinion, I think she's mad at what the dad did and hates that her brother was somewhat doing the same thing.
Aunt Sookie is awesome! Her attitude towards life is one to admire. She keeps everybody happy and appreciative. Her beautiful home brings together these old friends and allows each individual to express themselves freely. Her acting school is built on the foundation of helping young and aspiring actors get the chance to come one step closer to their dreams. It's quite sad what happened to Aunt Sookie and her character is one I will surely miss in the follow-ups.
I can't believe I wrote so much already without addressing my impression of Summer. Do I like her, kind of. I find that she sets herself up for problem. Why would you just go around kissing guys like that when your feelings aren't sorted out. One minute she's heated for one guy, the next she's falling over for the other. Like seriously, chick get away from all of them and go somewhere to find yourself. I think she should stay single for a while. Though, like I've stated before, I'm leaning towards Drew.
Overall, Loving Summer was a fast pace and interesting book. I loved every moment of it and I can't wait for the next because the first just screams to be continued...