Hello Everyone! Happy April! Welcome to my stop on the first day of the When Summer Ends blog tour!
About the book:
Title: When Summer Ends
Author: Jessica Pennington
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
Published By: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 288 pages
Two teenagers discover how an unexpected turn of fate can bring new love to heal old wounds in Jessica Pennington’s stunning, romantic YA novel When Summer Ends.
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.
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
When Summer Ends is told through alternating POV’s between Aidan and Olivia. This form of story telling really worked for this book and I loved both of their POV’s equally. I truly adored this book. It’s a fun, light, summery read.
The book starts off with Olivia’s POV. She is getting fitted for a bridesmaid dress for her boyfriend, Zander’s, sister. Olivia and Zander have been friends for a long time and then moved into dating a few years before our story begins. She is very close to Zander’s family and they almost treat her like a daughter, which delights Olivia as she doesn’t have a family like Zander’s. She lives with her aunt because her mom took off years ago and her father has never been in the picture. Every Summer she travels to Zander’s family’s lake home with him. Olivia believes she has the perfect life, she has her boyfriend, her boyfriends family, her aunt, and a job at a local paper for the summer. Right before Summer begins however, Olivia finds out that her aunt got a job in Arizona and she may have to move away. Determined to stay for her senior year, she asks Zander if she could stay at his house and he basically breaks up with her. He doesn’t think a long distance relationship is possible. He leaves for his family’s lake home right after this. Her life seemingly crumbles before her as the paper she was set to work for informs her that they are shutting down and she will not have the opportunity to work for them. This leads her to taking a job at the River Depot.
Aiden is the star pitcher at his school. He’s a junior like Olivia, but everyone talks about him. He’s known by his last name Emerson on the field. He also plays on the same team as Zander, Olivia’s now ex-boyfriend. During a game toward the end of their season he ends up getting hit in the face, and that bad game ends their season. Unbeknownst to everyone, Aiden is having vision problems and his eyesight cannot be corrected by glasses or surgery. Because of this he has lost his ability to drive and he decides to quit the baseball team right before summer begins. Aiden gets a job at his family’s business, the River Depot, for the summer and wants to focus on his art.
Aiden and Olivia meet at the River Depot and slowly begin to support each other and go through a whirlwind of a summer, exploring what it means to deal with love, life, loss, self-discovery, and starting anew. It is a wonderfully told story about the importance of honesty, being true to yourself, and how letting go of what you thought you wanted can help you find what was meant for you all along.
As someone who was born and raised in a small Midwestern town I adored the setting of this novel. I think Jessica really captured the essence of small town living and the magic of summertime. I really enjoyed the writing style as well as it made it very easy to just delve into the story and follow along with our leads.
I would have liked to see a little bit more out of the epilogue as it is very short and its only from Aiden’s POV. The side characters are quite lovely and add to the story as well. Despite that, this is the perfect cute summer read. I would definitely recommend it.
Thank you to Jessica, the publishers, and Netgalley for the chance to read and review an ARC for this book tour!
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.
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