ARC Review: The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Source: Received from Netgalley in exchange of a honest review
Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.
Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?
After browsing Netgalley for a bit, I stumbled onto this very cute and inviting cover. I have a weakness for summer covers. I’m not even trying to hide it. Unfortunately, this book for me did not live up to the expectations I had for it.
@ bout 25% of the book I was getting really frustrated, but I decided I would chug along. I know a lot of books that start slow and end with a bang.
@60% I realized this really wasn’t going any where and these characters were going to stay bland and boring.
The Summer After You and Me is post Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. I expected some emotions seeing everything from the viewpoint of whats her name…… Ummm Luce, that’s it. She really was unremarkable and unmemorable. That might be harsh but it’s my opinion. Anyways, as I was saying, I figured we would get to see some emotion from that, but no. Why even set your book in Post Hurricane Sandy if your not going to use it.
In this book we have Liam- who is Luce’s twin brother, Kiki and Megan- Her best friends, Andrew Her Best friend/boyfriend, and Connor- her neighbor/last summer fling/ current guy she lusts after even though she has a boyfriend. With all these characters you would think that one of them was interesting, but nope. Not a single one of them had any dimension. Character development is a crucial thing to me. You have a bland boring character/s then you have nothing. Your plot can be great, the writing wonderful, but if your characters have nothing, then you basically have nothing.
This book was full of Drama! But even the drama was boring. The other bogged it down by being overly descriptive and less passionate with her writing. There is a scene at the club with Connor and her Brother Liam, they get into it, but it just didn’t seem real. I felt like I was reading something that was staged. Kind of like watching a reality show that says its real, but you know its all fake.
All in all I found this book to be overly descriptive which really took away from the story and made for a snooze fest. I probably would not be recommending this one to my friends.