- File Size: 4985 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07172KXTZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Moriah, who likes to be called Ri, is your typical defiant teenage girl, who is not getting into some kind of trouble, is doing something wrong. Perhaps this is due to the inattentive parents she has and she’s merely screaming for some attention to who she is and what she does. You know the routine, parents like these merely send their children packing to some older relative for the summer, so they’re out of the hair; and for Ri this meant her grandparents.
Instead of being forced to go there to be reformed into a decent obedient daughter, she’d planned to spend her summer vacation; breaking all the rules she could think of.
Naturally, her grandparents lived in what’s affectionally knowns as the boondocks, in a town called Fairgarden; and if that’s not a stereotypical name for a town like this, tell me what is. But it turns out, this town had to have possessed some magical properties for it started to transform Moriah; first with her making friends with the local kids her age, and then slowly becoming captivated with Avery, the blind boy who works for her grandparents by taking care of the rose garden they have.
The thing is when she starts finding out about the secrets he possesses, a kinship develops since believes he might just be a big troublemaker like she is, perhaps even bigger. One of the biggest qualities Avery possesses which impresses Ri is his attentiveness when she’s talking, something she hasn’t really experienced until now.
With both, Ri and Avery, sharing a somewhat similar history in their lives, including and involving an emotional loss [broken heart]. Can these two then use their own personal experiences to help each other feel complete again? I’m not saying, but I’m giving saying I’m happy to give the author, Kestra Pingree, and this book 5 STARS.
As some of you might have picked up, I felt like strangling Moriah at a certain point.
She's the kind of MC that I can't connect with whatsoever. Egocentric, selfish, naive, childish, rude and a lack of [self-]respect. That's how I'd describe this rebellious teenager.
The whole story is solely written from Moriah's perspective - which might explain why I felt like strangling her so often. And yet... I didn't consider DNF'ing this novel once. Not once!
I can turn this any way I want, but it just goes to show that I've started to love Kestra's writing style. She gives detailed descriptions of everything, adds original twists to her stories and finds a way to make you read on and on, even when you're having doubts.
Her stories.. flow. I'd like to compare them to a river with the wild turns, small waterfalls and beautiful views. You never really know what'll be on the next page.
Honestly, even though I disliked Moriah with a passion, I started to like her at a certain point. She was turning herself around, was finding herself and started changing her attitude. Yes, her earlier self shone through sometimes - who's to blame; we all have our bad moments, no? - but she didn't get on my nerves anymore.
On the contrary. I started connecting with her and that, my friends, is something that I'd given up on entirely.
Of course I have to talk about Avery, because... God, it's Avery. I'm starting to get a thing for characters who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or blind. In Avery's case? Blind. Kestra portrayed him so well that I felt like I understood him, even though you experience everything from Ri’s POV.
He's had his own struggles, problems and carries around secrets. You sympathize with him, admire him for going about life the way he is, even when you barely know anything about him.
I hoped we would have at least one chapter in his point of view though. It seemed like something interesting to read, but unfortunately that didn't happen.
The biggest surprise, for me, was that Kestra added a dash of fantasy to this novel as well. Truth be told, the blurb doesn't say anything about that so it caught me off guard, but in a good way. We all know I like my fantasy, don't we?
It made me love Away with Summer Roses that little bit more.
Honestly, the second half of this book practically saved the the first part, haha. I thought I'd end up disliking it with a passion, but the opposite happened. That itself is an accomplishment!
Because of my frustrations at first and my huge shock when I started to like Awash with Summer Roses eventually, not to mention the originality of using a blind character... I'm going with 4!
I received this book though the LibraryThing member giveaway. All opinions are entirely my own. I'm not being compensated in any way.
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