I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As a huge fan of this author, when I read the blurb I knew I had to read this. It sounded...different. And I was in the mood for different. But. It isn’t what it seems. I wasn’t supposed to like this story. At first, I wondered if I did. But then? But then, the story gripped be. So, no. I didn’t like this book. I loved it.
“Don’t wait for life.”
This summer Nick Andrews had plans to hang out with his beautiful girlfriend Anayansi Alfaro (Yansi) and surf with his best friend, Sean. But his summer didn’t go exactly as planned. His life is completely out of control. Who knew being seventeen was going to be like this? Nick learns that not everything is all it seems. Events this summer change his life. Forever.
“But I’m with you because I see your soul. You’ve got a beautiful soul, you just don’t know it.”
If you are looking for a YA romance, you may not exactly find that here. It is even better. So much more. Yes, the characters are YA aged, however the male POV of Nick shows so much strength. The raw emotion in this book unlike anything I’ve ever experienced by characters this age before. Summer Of Seventeen will resonate with everyone no matter the age. It goes somewhere deep. It goes beyond the fluff of other YA stories.
Summer Of Seventeen is not your average story. It takes you on a journey with seventeen year old Nick. An unpredictable, sometimes ugly, emotional ride. But it is one I did not want to get off. Life and love isn’t supposed to hurt. Not at seventeen. But it does. And Nick learns this all too quickly. I know I am vague regarding the plot of the story, but that is on purpose. This story is to be experienced.
“Give me a lifetime of feeling this. Give me now and then and soon and when, and give me a future, give me life, give me hope.
The writing was flawless. But, that’s no surprise because of the author. She can write anything from adult contemporary to YA. She overwhelms with you emotion, she digs deep. I wasn't supposed to feel this way about this book. But I did. This book was so much more than I could have ever imagined. I wasn’t supposed to love it like I did. The ending shattered my heart. I finished Summer of Seventeen with tears in my eyes. It was beautiful. It was real. And I felt every moment of it.
“You have a great ass,” she whispered.
“It’s all yours,” I challenged her. “You only gotta ask.”
“Maybe I won’t ask; maybe I’ll just grab a hold,” she laughed.
“Fine by me.”
As the trees thinned out, I could see people already laying out beach towels, and a couple of guys throwing a football. Some of them I knew, but there were several I didn’t. I thought maybe they went to Viera or Rockledge schools.
Yansi laid out two towels for us while Megan took charge of the food and Esther was eye-fucking one of the guys playing football.
I tugged off my t-shirt and plopped down next to Yansi. She was wearing some real short cut-off jeans that showed her butt cheeks, and a tank top that was cropped above her belly button. She looked incredible.
“How come you were allowed to leave the house like that?” I teased.
She smirked at me and pointed to her sweater.
“I tied this around my waist. Papi couldn’t tell the difference.”
“And your mom?”
Yansi laughed. “She just shook her head and said to tell you hi.”