Tuesday, April 2, 2019

#ARCReview: When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: April 9th,2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
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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.
You might have noticed I'm on a YA contemporary romance kick, and there is definitely a reason for it. There's also no end in sight, so get used to it! When I got the opportunity to review this book, I was pretty stoked because it seemed like such a cute read perfect for the upcoming summer season. It did not disappoint.

I've been really enjoying teen romance books that do the dual point of view with the two partners, so I enjoyed getting to see Olivia and Aiden's different parts. I really felt for Aiden, and I felt like I really understood him. There's a line in this ARC where he talks about feeling like he can't really say he's an artist because no one has seen his work yet. It definitely screams of imposter syndrome, and oh boy as an aspiring writer who is trying to get published, I SO understand this.

Olivia's life is a little complicated, and it's kind of a huge conflict in the book because she knows when summer ends she is going to have to move across country. It kind of ends her relationship with Zander, but he straight up sucks, so I was fine with that. My heart wrenched for Aiden when he finds out that she is moving.

The miscommunication and the conflict at the end of the novel felt so real and raw, and just reminded me of what it is like to be a teen. Pennington really reminded me that when you are young every little problem can really feel like your life is coming apart at the seams.

I'm such a sucker for young love and stories about two people coming together for the first time. I really enjoyed this one, and even though I haven't read Pennington's first book, I think I'm going to have to check it out after having read this one.

*I received an eARC copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Many thanks to Tor Teen for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for my honest review! Quotes are taken from an unfinished ARC and may not match final publication

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