Title: The Season Of You & Me
Author : Robin Constantine
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date : May 10th, 2016
Publisher : Balzer + Bray
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Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.
Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.
I don’t know how or why this is my first Robin Constantine book, I really don’t. How could I have not read anything else by this amazing author with her gorgeous words and characters that I want to be best friends with? It’s honestly surprising (and a wee bit embarrassing) that inspite of having seen so many readers RAVE about RC’s books, this is still my first. But ladies and gents, that’s all about to change.
The Season Of You & Me might just be the read for Summer 2016 for me, and it made me happy instead of all the other things I feel when I read summer books. Now, here’s a little background. I’m from Mumbai, and summers in Mumbai go upto 35°C (that’s almost 91°F) with a humidity of at least 70%. Basically, the months from March to June in my island city are hot, sticky, and unbearably annoying. So what do I do during summers? The obvious, of course. Read books about winter. Avoid summer romances at all costs because A) I envy pleasant summers and B) I don’t like thinking about heat when I’m already cooking inside. That’s basically the gist of why I always feel like summer romance books are not my thing. But of course, RC and her The Season Of You & Me had to go knock me on my ass and change what I’ve felt about summer for years.
Cassidy Emmerich was a character that I could probably read about forever. Here was a girl I thought was petty and silly in the beginning (she was running away to escape a boyfriend, for heavens’ sake!) but then I got to know her. I read while she decided to go live with her father and step-mother for a while. I smiled at her truly fantastic relationship with her step-mom (no Cinderella shit here, no siree). And, I’m ashamed to admit this, but the way she was with Hunter, her half-brother, left me all mushy and misty-eyed. This was a girl not be hated, no, this was a girl I wanted to be like.
An accident changed Bryan Lakewood’s life completely, and now he’s wheelchair bound forever. For a young person on a wheelchair for life, Bryan was very positive and accepting of his condition. Bryan was a guy you can’t help but fall in love with, right there with Cass. He was a good friend to Cass, before anything else, and it. was. the. cutest ❤ I especially loved Bryan’s POV, and his relationship with his godfather. His disability did not hinder him from being a genuinely happy person, and that’s basically what we love to see! The only thing that I wasn’t too happy about was the whole #wheelchairperks thing, and its repeated use. It felt just a bit too forced for it to be natural, but the message of the book was so much deeper, that it did not take away from my experience at all.
The Camp Manatee gang was the loveliest, and damn, would I like to see little spin-offs about Wade and Tori! The happy summer vibe that this book gives off is just the best—but even more amazing is how it takes you right to camp with all these wonderful characters! The ending left me so, so out of breath, and though I hoped for more, and to see where this gang is now, I’m perfectly happy to imagine them getting all their HEAs 🙂
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Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.
I WAS PROVIDED A FREE EARC OF THIS BOOK BY Balzer + Bray THROUGH edelweiss IN EXCHANGE OF AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DID NOT IN ANY WAY, HOWEVER, INFLUENCE THE CONTENT OF THIS REVIEW.