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Friday, March 30, 2012

ARC Review: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland


The Summer My Life Began
By Shannon Greenland


Publication Date: May 10th, 2012 by Speak, Imprint of Penguin
Page Numbers: 250 pages
Format: E-Arc, Kindle
Source: Netgalley:)
Challanges: Netgalley Reading Challange


Summary: Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.


My Thoughts: Well, I must say I had high expectations for this book and it, surprisingly, didn't completely let me down. In the middle, it got bland and utterly boring, but as it neared the end, it blew me away. 


Elizabeth Margaret is cute, she's somewhat funny and adorable in a grown up way. I loved her character, even though she goes through a lot. Sometimes she got to be a little too perfect, like a perfect Gossip Girl character. She didn't really break down and suffer. It was a little emotionless, but it was there.


I devoured this book up this morning and it was a pretty faced paced book. Quick and cute. A little predictable in some of the conversations and the things that'd happen, but it's who or what was involved that leaves a shocker. For one thing, It doesn't have a lot of depth as you read along, but there is a story, there is something big growing here. A great coming of age story that you'll probably enjoy.


If you are looking for a hard hitting, family story, try some where else. This is more sugar coated and cookie cutter, but still a good novel regardless.


Plus, look at that cover. It's cute and actually goes along with the novel. That's another plus.


I'm Out



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