The Season of You and Me is the perfect read for entering summer. I love stories that take place where people work at a summer camp. I’m not sure why. The story doesn’t revolve the camp that much but it is about getting to know new friends and letting go of past transgressions.
by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 10th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Disability
Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.
Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.
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Cassidy has fled for the summer to her dad’s B&B (I also love bed and breakfast settings) in order to get over a cheating ex. One of my favorite parts of the story is right at the beginning it starts off with a sweet story of Cassidy and Gavin. When you read a story about someone getting over someone else, it’s easy to vilify a person you don’t know. Starting the story that way made it so I felt like I could understand why it is for Cassidy to get over him. It’s not easy and it is very easy to get sucked back in by a person who you’ve had strong feelings for. Especially when they play the guilt card, even when you have nothing to feel guilty for.
Bryan is also a great character. He is in a wheelchair and is dealing with accepting that. At the point in his life we join him he pretty much has. The only thing is that he is separating himself from the things he used to do. He is afraid to try because it’s like starting over. I loved how sweet and caring he is. I don’t want anyone to get injured but I liked how he got injured, only because it shows how doing something that seems harmless and stupid can lead to big consequences.
Cassidy and Bryan’s romance is slow to brew. He crushes on her the new girl for the summer. She is more standoffish because she is getting over Gavin. I liked that they become friends first and things progress naturally from there.
I love that there are so many great side characters that become a bigger group of friends. From Cassidy’s best friend Em, to her new friend Tori. There are so many stories that can be spun off from just this group of people. I always like when there is that option.
This is a really sweet and cute summer read. It’s something to definitely add to your beach bag.
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