My rating: 2 of 5 stars
First Published: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: KCP Loft
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Summer, Contemporary Romance, Family
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more. But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she’s ever known. Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.
I had to check that we weren’t in the desert because the writing is so dry that the more I read, the more dehydrated I feel.
Add that to the fact that it’s slow-paced and you have the perfect recipe to annihilate a reader.
Alright, let’s get serious. Not that I wasn’t enjoying myself there, but I try not to let a book reduce me to bad jokes. This is not a memorable story. It doesn’t even have potential seeing that the idea is a sleep-inducing kind of boring.
We have Julia and Nick. Nick and his father are trying to buy Julia’s family’s property, except Nick comes to like Julia and decides to help her keep her home.
Their relationship is a rollercoaster ride: It goes up, and down. Up, and down. One minute they love each other, the next minute they’re enemies. For the first one hundred and so pages, anyway, because the rest I didn’t want to bring myself to read.
I’m not giving it a one-star rating as it is actually a realistic story. Plus none of the characters are one-dimensional, thank goodness. It’s one of those books you read—and are able to finish—because there is nothing else to read in your surroundings.
Except, in my case, I have a room full of books. Just the other day my mom expressed concern about the amount of books in my room. She said, ‘‘I fear the floor will fall on the heads of the people underneath you.’’ She kind of scared me there. Is that truly possible?
All that to say that I’m moving on to more interesting reads.
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