by Ruthi Kight
by Ruthi Kight
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.
Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.
Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.
Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.
That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.
Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?
Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?
Rating: 5/5 Stars
"I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop, and this time it slammed down with such a vengeance that I couldn't imagine coming back from it."
It's very rare for me to read a book that affected me nearly as much as this book did. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to reach through the pages to smack people. This book contains a myriad of emotions and drama.
There were so many times where I wanted to reach through the page and slap Roxie. There were times where she was just so frustrating! After more thought, I realized that the feeling I felt with Roxie was just about the exact same feeling I get when my neice of the same age does something stupid. The author did such a fantastic job adhering to common actions for this age group. Many books feel like you're reading about mini-adults, but here you get a true taste of a sixteen year old girl.
Not only does this book have seemingly flawless character development, but it has something that many romance novels have to fake-character GROWTH. I can't think of a single book that I've read in the past year or so that can even come close to character growth in this story.
There's so many mixed feelings about this book that I can't even begin to explain without giving something away. This is definitely a book that is worth reading. I can even see this as a fantastic gift for a young adult that's going through a hard transition in their life.
What would I want next? Yes, I definitely want a sequel. I think that I would really enjoy reading more about Jenn and Brian. Jenn had a small role in this book, but I instantly thought there was a lot that needed to change in her life. I think these characters would be great for a second book! *hint hint!*
Again, I want to leave you with a little snippet of my favourite part of this book, and hopefully this taste will help everyone see how fantastic this book really is.
The man in front of me was dressed impeccably, his suit pressed and tailored, creating an extreme difference in personas from what I had seen then to what stood before me now.
I felt terrible all over again. I had looked at this man with disgust when I first saw him. Ang yet here he was, saving my grandma's life, oblivious to the horrible thoughts I had had that day. I had misjudged him horribly and as such, I could barely look him in the eye; instead I searched the top of his desk, my eyes coming to rest on a beautiful silver picture frame. A beautiful couple, clad in dirty coveralls. smiled brightly at the camera. It was a beautiful picture, the happiness and love they felt was real, you could almost feel it just by gazing upon their smiling faces. They were the epitome of happy simply because they had each other.