Read of the Week: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

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 Afghanistan 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?

This book was perfect.

I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a book. Okay, that’s probably a lie, a really big fat lie, but, alas, it’s probably been a while, I think? I don’t know. Either way, this book was the bee’s knee’s, so let’s get straight down to it.

I have a thing for army boys. If any of my friends are really my friends at all and are reading this review, they’re laughing because they know what I’m talking about and know the lengths I’ve gone to just to get a cute little military man to talk to me. Laugh away, I feel no shame. So, Aidan, as you can imagine, is the somewhat bane of my existence. Boy of my dreams slash boy that will never exist which is the same thing but I feel the need to clarify because sometimes my mind can’t tell the difference. Kate is also equally fantabulous, and I wish she was real so we could be awesome gal pals. I loved that just like Aidan, she had problems of her own that she’d yet to find a way to cope with, which also helped to shed some light on health and the importance of it. Kate felt very real and flawed which in turn made her a very relatable character and I really did feel like she could have been just about anyone. That, I think, is one of the best feelings when reading: knowing that you can be the main character in a book, and sometimes being plain isn’t all it seems to be.

The relationship between the two of these beautiful people didn’t ever feel strained, not once. And, sure, yeah, things moved fast, but here’s the thing, Perry knows just how to write so even if situations are rushed, they still feel completely natural and very chemistry-filled. That is one hell of a hard job, but she did it, and gracefully so. I wouldn’t have wanted their relationship to end up any other way. Everything between them was raw and passionate and honest, so more love in that department.

The plot was even better, because, yes, this is a romance, and yes, undoubtedly, most of the novel revolves around these two and their complicated shenanigans, but other personal aspects get taken care of, too. As much as I love my romance, I like to have some breathing room, so being able to navigate the novel between other factors gave just the perfect balance to the story.

My only problem with this novel at all is the fact that while The Summer I Found You implies that it happens during summer…there is still school going on? And no mention of what month it is? What?

Who cares? Not this girl. 

Rating: 10/10

Steph is 20 years old, born and raised in Miami, Florida. An avid reader and aspiring author, she oftentimes wishes she were a fictional character. The rest of her free time is divided between watching bad foreign films and partaking in Disney trivia. She can be contacted via Twitter (@Stephest21) or email :