Thursday, July 5, 2012
Review: The Summer of No Regrets
By: Katherine Grace Bond
Release Date: May 1, 2012
This was the summer that would change my life.
No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.
So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead-ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke--sweet, funny, caring--someone who would let me be the real me.
But which was the real him?
This book was not exactly what I expected to be, but was pleasantly surprised when halfway through my heart strings were being pulled and clarity started seeping through. This book turned out to be a little sweet and very much a way for a girl to get over some things she has been holding back.
We meet Brigitta, whose family is anything but normal. They live at a Center which houses random people from nuns, Buddhists to gifted people. It’s a retreat for people to get away where her father is a Shaman. It’s all very strange and I will have to admit reading those scenes I was a little more like where is this book going but it gets tied together and the circle is completed by the end of the book as more understanding was dawned on me. She recently loss her grandparents which she cared for deeply and is simply trying to get through the normal things she’s used to in her life.
One day she runs into a guy at the mall, who her friends swears is a movie star, but then again her friend thinks she’s always seeing movie stars in the most random places. Well turns out the same guy from the mall also happen to be her new neighbor. They had a chance encounter with a cougar and soon became friends and then some. But Brigitta being the closet gossip lover of celebrities was still in doubt if he was a movie star or just Luke the new boy next door. In all honestly she was just in denial because she didn’t want it to be true.
Well turns out the cougar had cubs and they tried to take care of them but eventually they had to be taken away, but throughout the whole thing Luke was always disappearing for days at a time. Again, Brigitta wondered who he really was and on top of that who she really was.
Overall this was a good book, not what I expected from by looking at the cover. I was hoping for a complete beach scene and secret romance, although there was one scene and a secret romance it’s not played out the way I thought it would have been. This book went deeper than that by exploring the different ways of grieving when loved ones were lost and how it silently really pulls family members in different directions. It was a good story.
I received this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!