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I am on a major contemporary romance kick these days, not to mention book that take place in amazing locations (which is why I asked the author to talk about it in her guest post below my review!). I am SO ready for summer, and traveling, and sitting outside reading in the sun. I'm tired of being cold! This book warmed me inside and out, and had me smiling like an idiot while I read it.
1. Let me live in this novel. Seriously. Most of it takes place in and around an adorable, picturesque B&B in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. I loved it. Pepper House has a very tropical feel with lots of flowers and warm breezes blowing through the open shutters to ruffle the bed canopies. Sandy beaches, mysterious caves to explore, a quaint little town where everyone knows who you are and what you're up to, mopeds, waves crashing against craggy cliffs, expensive yachts tied to the dock, and yummy aromas flowing throughout it all, of food and the ocean and the flowers and the soap Mr. Sexy used after his day of surfing. Can I please go!?!
2. The writing is my favorite. I loved the descriptions of everything. Shannon's writing drapes you in a flowy gauze dress and sits you on a beach towel in the sand, rocking big sunglasses and a smile. If only I could live in this world!
3. I fell in love with the characters. Elizabeth Margaret (or Em) is so much fun. She's feeling stifled by her parents and her rich life. She has to wear polos and plaid shirts, always act ladylike, and never do anything fun. Does she want to go to Harvard to be a lawyer? No. She secretly wants to be a chef, but she could never tell her parents that.Read more ›
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for 7th and 8th graders. It uses very good vocabulary. How the author describes everything it makes you want to jump into the book and live there. The book is well written but a little cheesy. I recommend it for 7th and 8th grade because that is the time of your life you find out who you want to be in this world. Em never was allowed to be anything but what her mother and father wanted.Read more ›
This is a sweet coming of age story that deals with a lot of things teens have to face: parent expectations versus teen desires, first love, and family dynamics. Greenland managed to tackle each of these topics in a way that left everything tied up in a wonderful bow, and yet it wasn't overly perfect. I do wish this book had gone a little deeper in exploring these topics instead of just the surface skim. The topics are addressed, but I felt like there was so much more there that could have been explored. The book was good, but if it had explored this a little bit more, it could have been great.
The characters were likable and very relatable. It was easy to see a piece of myself in Em, a bit of my high school crush in Cade, and my family members sprinkled somewhere in the book. It brought me back to the summer after I graduated and when I was thinking about taking the next step towards my future.
It's a lighthearted read that made me feel good about life. It was a quick read for me, but sometimes, those are the books you want and need to read. It's a wonderful, beachy summer read.
I was given the opportunity to read this through JKS Communications.
Elizabeth Margaret, or Em as she's referred to in most of the story, and her sister are born into a world of prestige. As they grow, they must learn to meet their family's expectations: perfect grades, ivy league education and a high-standing job like a lawyer or a doctor. All Em wants is to be a chef and get away from the high stress of her family's expectations. So she decides to go to an aunt's Bed and Breakfast. She's never heard of this aunt, but receives an invite as a high school graduation present.
The way that Em's life is depicted really annoyed me, but based on television shows, movies and other books, the way she grew up seems normal for a upper class citizen. For me, it was hard to believe and actually a bit frightening. My parents want me to be the best I can be, but they want me to do what I want to do. To see someone's parents so prejudice to people who aren't rich, or careers that aren't high end, is very unnerving to me. I wanted Em to immediately get out of that house and find her own way.
As soon as Em makes her way to her aunt's home in North Carolina, I wanted to visit my own family there. The way Ms. Greenland writes the scenery really makes you want to go to the Outer Banks. And eat a lot of food. Reading Em's descriptions of the food she's cooking made me literally drool. I'll admit to having to have food around as I read this one. That's how delicious the meals sounded! Ms. Greenland has a way with descriptions!
I had a few issues with this book, but overall, I enjoyed it. There are a lot of cheesy aspects in this book. Rich girl falls for the poor, mysterious boy. It's almost insta-love.Read more ›
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I expected a light, easy and entertaining read, and while it was certainly easy and light, it could not have been less entertaining. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Bookaholic
i loved it super sweet and good characters, the mother daughter surprise was a fun twist. very good read i needed it for the plane ride.Published on May 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
You think you know where this book is going from the beginning, but surprise - you don't! It has wonderful turns you just won't expect. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Margie
This wasn't a great book but it wasn't a bad book either. The writing was average and the plot mediocre. I neither loved nor hated it. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by cmvaldes
My Thoughts: Em has her whole life planned out. Going in the fall to study law at Harvard and interning at her father's law firm this summer. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by princess bookie
Em: Known formally is Elizabeth Margaret. Oldest of 2 daughters and Valedictorian of her graduating class. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by SDLane
Elizabeth Margaret, or EM, has her life all mapped out. She will attend Harvard and then work side by side with her father at his company. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Roso
The island setting and cute summer romance make this book the perfect beach read. A novel about learning to accept who you are and taking a stand for yourself, The Summer My Life... Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Kris
I read this one in a single sitting--the bus ride coming home from a class trip. It was a cute, light read with likeable characters--perfect for summer. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Beckymmoe