My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: May 19th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Historical, Romance, Music, Military
Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.
Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She’s volunteering in the medical tent. She’s like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.
When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them…
Three Day Summer contained two of my absolute pet peeves in books: insta-love and cheating.
I can stand cheating in TV shows – such as Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl – because, normally, the fact that a TV show has a large quantity of episodes that make fully visual and develop the personality of the characters and their backgrounds, life makes it easier to take it, tolerate it and even understand the ‘‘why’’ behind it all. But books aren’t like series on television; if the author didn’t manage to connect us to a lead character from the start, rarely does this connection come unexpectedly after, and there’s a good chance that we’ll dwell upon their flaws and judge them. It’s easier, I find, to ‘‘like’’ characters and understand situations they’re involved in on television, in movies. Strangely enough, ‘‘bitchy’’ protagonists would annoy the hell out of me in books, but – nine times out of then – entertain me on the big screen.
As for insta-love, I simply don’t believe in it.
I didn’t like them… the characters. Michael was pretty much lost; he didn’t know what to do with his life, but he did know that he didn’t want to enlist and was actually scared of it, scared to have his life taken away from him. He didn’t seem very in control of his life though. He dated a girl he didn’t even love, yet, when he realized that they would be better off being… anything else but boyfriend & girlfriend, he choked and kept himself from telling the girl he was dating the truth about the way he feels toward her and their whole relationship. But, let me tell you, this guy was quite contradictory. One moment he would relate us his hoping SHE would cheat on HIM just so he could break up with her and the other moment he would keep on praising her sexy looks. And he blamed his hormones. Like, what?
Cora was a little better in term of personality. And she showed beautiful values: saving lives, family, helping others, etc. From the beginning, I thought of her as a sweet girl, but there were moments when she would actually disrespect Michael – involuntarily? – and my positive opinion of her relatively wavered. But, mostly, I was confused, because it seemed that the author didn’t respect the personality of the characters throughout (even with their ‘‘development’’). For instance, why would Cara, with her gaze, imply that Michael is, compared to a certain singer performing on a stage, nothing? And Michael would laugh, but I didn’t sense any intent of humour in the air. Maybe it’s me (it is quite late here) or maybe it’s the scene not being clear enough.
The writing was enjoyable, regardless, and, the chapters being short, this made a quick read! It didn’t actually feel like it stretched indefinitely, but the book could have used more diversity as for the sceneries.