Book Review - 'The Summer After You and Me'
"For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her coastal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.
Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks."
I have to put my hands up and admit that the only thing I really knew about the Jersey Shore before reading 'The Summer After You and Me' was all based on watching a few episodes of The Jersey Shore on MTV and a couple of seasons of Jerseylicious. So my knowledge of the place was limited to say the least and I nearly let my preconceived ideas of the shore put me off reading this book as I didn't think I would have much interest in finding out more than I already knew about the area but I thankfully couldn't have been more wrong.
I loved this book, so much more than I thought I was going to. It has completed changed my view on the Jersey Shore too.
This is a really simple story about Lucy and how she is trying to get her life and her home back together after the awful Superstorm Sandy that destroyed a lot of the town, all the while navigating her feeling for the boy-next-door.
The story is really sweet and I loved the ups and downs that Lucy and Connor go through with their will-they-won't-they-romance. A lot of the book focuses on what happened during and after the storm. I found all that part of the book really interesting. It was so fascinating to hear all the details about how something that I had only ever seen on the news was still to this day affecting peoples lives. I mean I know this book is fiction but the way the author spoke so vividly about the storms and the affect that it's had on the shore, I just really felt like she must have been there or at least have had a first hand account of what it was like because she painted the picture so well.
Overall this is just a really lovely book that is so perfect for summer reading. I've never read any books by this author before but after this one I am definitely going to check out her other book 'How my summer went up in flames' as it looks awesome and I'm hoping it's just as good as this one.
Let me know if any of you have read it and if your planning on checking out this one too!
I was lucky enough to receive a preview copy of this book but you can get your hands on it from Amazon.