Guest Post + Review for The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

March 3, 2014 Elyse's Reviews 0

I received this book for free from Netgalley, the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Guest Post + Review for The Summer I Found You by Jolene PerryThe Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
on March 4, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, YA
Pages: 256
Source: Netgalley, the author
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All 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?

The Summer I Found You was not an easy book to write. My guess is that I spent more time doing research while I wrote this than anything else I’ve written, and I almost didn’t finish it, but it was worth it for me in the end.
Here are a few things that made writing this book a lot of fun –
  • One – Writing a main character who is missing an arm. It created some fun tension, a few weird conversations, and some awkwardness when he tries to kiss the girl he likes.
  • Two – The sex scene in this book is my fav-ever one.
  • Three – My husband was in the military, so Aidan’s story hit close to home for me.
  • Four – The grandma I’m named after was Type 1 Diabetic, so Kate’s story also hits close to home for me.
  • Five – Favorite scenes – The haircutting scene, the car driving scene, the meeting scene/Ferris Wheel, the smexy times scene, the big fight, the END.
After having quite a few self-published books out, it felt weird to be back in traditional publishing – you forget how many things you don’t have control over. Cover. Title. Chapter headings, which were misspelled on some of the ARCs… BUT it’s been a fun process, and I’m excited to work with my publisher again on another book that releases in the fall – Stronger Than You Know.
Thanks SO much for having me!!
~ Jolene
The Summer I Found You was a beautiful read for me – even as a reviewer I find it hard to convey my feelings about certain books sometimes. And this book was one of those that was especially hard for me. You try to avoid gushing and raging about a book, spending time trying to find the right words. But the truth is sometimes you have to gush because they’re the only words that do the job and the only way you can get your point across. It was a quick read for me – a whole night of flipping page after page unable to go to sleep until reading the last one. I think part of my love for this book comes from being a nurse, knowing the hardships that diseases and conditions cause for individuals and their families. Kate can easily become any young adult with a new diagnosis or long term problem, and even Aidan’s new disability. Both of them have to come to terms with the hand that life has dealt them. They must deal with a life long struggle and burden they will both have to cope with. Kate’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes is by no means a death sentence, but it will turn anyone’s life upside down. And for a teenager? It does feel like the end of the world. When Kate and Aidan meet and forge a relationship that is detrimental to learning to accept their new lives it shows  that  the friends and relationships we strive to build help us make our way through. I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a heartwarming emotional read.

About Jolene Perry

Jolene grew up in South-central Alaska. She’s lived in Anchorage, near the Alyeska ski resort, on a cabin on an island on a lake, and then in a boring old house.

Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.

Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.

She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French.

She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.

Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good.

She currently lives in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska with her husband and two kids.

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