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My Summer Roommate Paperback – October 8, 2014
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You guys, Bridie Hall knows YA contemporary romance. She absolutely nailed it on the head with the relationship in this book. It was a slow burning back and forth that had me on the edge of my seat. No insta-love. Rejoice, ya'll. We have a new author to count on for swoon-worthy Young Adult contemporary romance!
Yes, yes, YES. I loved Chris. He wasn't the usual reformed douche bag that we see in YA. He was genuine guy. I want more of him and his type. I loved his back story. He had a lot of depth and that only made it a much more enjoyable book. I didn't feel like he was in the book just to be a hottie to drool over. He was real.
The other characters.
I've yet to read Letting Go by Bridie Hall, but I'm so happy that she included the characters from that book in this one. I love when authors do that. And after reading about Isabelle and seeing her through the eyes of Chloe and Chris, I'm definitely picking up Letting Go to read her story.
The perfect comedic relief! I loved all of his scenes with Chris. Bridie was able to inject a dose of wit into the book with this fantastic character.
Alright, I kind of feel bad for this. But Chloe could be annoying. I felt like she was a strong character. Whenever I afforded her patience, she definitely grew on me though. Her background gave her no real sense of stability, so I can understand her mood swings. But she was hard to adjust to in the beginning.
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
The camera pans.
I’m a simple guy, I like a simple life.
Enter the love-addled mind of Christopher Quinn, who narrates the “guy” perspective in this same story. Straight-spoken and generally kind, Chris nevertheless has real difficulty understanding anyone who does not approach life from the same point of view—especially when it’s the girl he cares for. The one he “likes.” Yeah. Likes.
These two are about to spend the summer together. Hold on to your proverbial (or literal, if it applies) hat, because this is not going to be easy. But it’s the complications, after all, not the simplicity, that make life interesting—and also make for a good read.
Together, these two characters anchor a wrenching story about love trying to bloom between a girl and a boy, both struggling to bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood. It happens just as the sun has set on high school for one of them, and on the premature end of a promising career as a professional athlete for the other.
My Summer Roommate, by Bridie Hall, is a short, alternatingly sweet and bitter confection of a teen romance novel. Younger readers will enjoy the genuine modern banter, while we older folks reflect on all the promise and all the misfires of our own time in the sun, back in the day when life was still long and filled with both opportunity and angst.
The tale flips back and forth between both points of view, inviting readers of both genders to root for, or sympathize with—or scream obscenities at, with the book held at a distance—one character or the other, even as the events that unfold strike you as absolutely real and believable.
Spend an afternoon living out the summer with Chloe and Chris. It’s not always fun—life has a way of throwing curveballs at you—but it is fulfilling, in the best possible book-sense. You won’t regret it.
The word I would use to describe this book is cute. I really liked the characters. By no means was this book a big life-changing one, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and went through it very quickly.
Chloe is a girl who just recently finished high school and is spending her last summer home before she goes off to college in Atlanta. She's kind of unsure or herself and a lot of things, but that's totally understandable, as you read her background story and how she gre up. But she is kind and fun and I liked how she knew when to give people the place they wanted. I could relate to her in some of the situations.
Chris is a shredder, or at least used to be, until an accident ended his career. Now he's going to go to college too, learning sport pedagogy. He works as a delivery guy in a bakery to save some money. So you see, he's not your typical bad boy. He is really genuine and kind, very straighforward but has some secrets. He really wants to be with Chloe but she keeps denying him. He felt so real.
There were a few steamy scene between them, but overall the romance was a bit lacking for my liking. It was really well written, how they went from almost strangers to lovers. Finally a book with no insta-love! Their first conversation was just like expected between them, and I loved how they opened up to each other as the story went on and they were getting to know each other. I loved the easy relationship they had, but sometimes they seemed more mature than their actual age.
It was a really light read, just what I needed and I would probably re-read it, if I ever have time for re-reads and I'm in a contemporary mood. My Summer Roommate is the perfect book if you want to forget about the world for a few hours and find something light, fluffy and funny. I definitely recommend this to you, if you are a fan of contemporaries. And last but not least, I loved Bridie's writing style and she is such a nice person.
* The book was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review. *
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