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The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry Book Review

The Summer I Found YouAll they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.
Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Af
ghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Source: Bought
Pages: 256 pages

I went to Barnes and Noble to find a particular book, and instead I ended up walking out with this one. I devoured it in one sitting and although I loved the plot and storyline itself, one of the main characters was way too frustrating for me to fully enjoy this book.

The Summer I Found You was told in alternating perspectives between Kate and Aidan. Aidan, having lost an arm in Afghanistan, was learning to adjust without it, while Kate has her issues in terms of being recently diagnosed with diabetes. Aidan was a great character, and I loved how open he was with Kate. However, I can't say the same about Kate.

It was so infuriating to me how Kate chose not to care about her diabetes and just pretend it didn’t exist. She was destroying her health, and caused so much stress to her friends and family. She was so nonchalant as well, and refused to be serious about what was happening. Aidan confided in her about so much, yet she still refused to be honest with him about her diabetes. Her explanations were frustrating and I truthfully just didn’t think she deserved Aiden, considering how much more open he was with her.

I think this book did a great job at tackling tougher issues, however, and the plot itself kept me engaged the entire time. I loved reading about how Aidan worked his way through the list he made and started recovering from everything that had happened to him. 

For the romance, I thought it was okay, but I just wasn’t a huge fan overall. I feel like the relationship between Kate and Aidan was more physical, than actually emotional. Things moved really fast, too. I think a large part of that was because of Kate choosing not to confide in Aidan. Aidan was so much better than Kate’s ex-boyfriend, though! 

I feel like the ending was resolved too perfectly and things were resolved insanely quickly, too. I just didn’t find it believable. Although it may sound like I have more negative than positive things to say, The Summer I Found You was still a very entertaining, addictive read! I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers.


  1. I can't stand characters who think so easy about their health.. and being open in a relationship is so important. I think I would have problems with Kate based on what you said.

  2. The cover and title holds so much promise! Ack. another book of my to-buy pile. Great review, Montana. I can see myself being annoyed with the same aspects you mentioned.

  3. This one was a little frustrating at times but I am glad that it at least held your interest and you were able to finish it.

  4. Sadly I know many young people who completely ignore their diabetes and even end up hospitalized many times because of it. I hated watching those friends do that to themselves.... but whatever, it's their bodies. Reading about it would probably make me as mad as when I was watching it, however, this book does sound interesting and different for YA.

  5. I just recently reviewed this one as well. I agree with you this book is so *easy* to read and I really like that aspect of it. I was definitely more interested in Aidan than I was with Kate, simply because Aidan's attitude toward everything is much better and more believable. I do think that this book is a little short though that everything kind of moved along too quickly, wish Jolene Perry took the extra time to flesh it out a bit more.

    Angel @ -Spare Reads-

  6. I am on the lookout for contemporary books to read for the spring and this cover caught my eye. But after reading your review I don't think I'm going to waste my money buying it. I think I would have been SO ANNOYED with Kate.

    Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  7. I felt the same way about Kate's treatment of diabetes. She was acting like such a brat about it and maybe if it were just her who had to deal with the consequences of her irresponsibility, it wouldn't be that bad because well, we all have to own what we do right? But she failed to realize that other people were involved in her health too and it would hurt them too. Frankly, I just thought she was a really selfish character. I agree though, Aidan was really great!

  8. I haven't read this book, but I've read a few of Perry's other books and enjoyed them. Not overly in love with them or anything, but they were good. I don't think I'd go for this one. The cover is really pretty, though.

  9. Sounds like a bit of an unrealistic romance. I'm glad that you flew through the book though. Sometimes books can be enjoyable to read but still not the best stories.

  10. I think Kate would have driven me mental. Diabetes is no joke! I don't think I'd enjoy this one for that reason.

  11. I've been walking in circles with this one - I have it for a while, but I just can't make myself read it. I'm not sure I will pick it up any time soon.:(
    Great review.


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