Series: This Summer #1
Publisher: Carina Press on July 9, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.
Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...
This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?
This Summer was definitely a novel that gave me my contemporary drama fill. Hadley and her best friend Lily want to have a great summer before college, Hadley is finally free from a relationship even though her ex still wants her. But nothing will get in the way of the summer to remember. That is, until Will Carson appears back in town. Will, Hadley’s ex-best friend and crush. The Will that left two years prior with no goodbyes. So when Hadley and Will get paired as co-counselors at camp, drama ensues.
This Summer kept me interested and reading. I loved uncovering the secrets that Will was hiding and I enjoyed seeing Hadley flounder with his reappearance. There was some deep things going on with Will that I wasn’t expecting going into the novel but I thought it brought on a nice touch. The novel had me constantly cracking up with the events that took place in the novel. It also had me feeling sad at points as well. The pacing was great and I was engaged from the beginning until the end of the novel.
Hadley wanted a summer to remember and that is definitely what she got. Hadley was one of those characters who were easy to relate to. She was a pretty simple girl–she wanted to enjoy summer with her friends before she left for college. She loved kids and was a great counselor. She was caring, kind, funny, and overall relatable. I was rooting for her throughout the entire novel. She had been hurt by Will and I wanted her to get closure and her HEA.
Will was dealing with some tough stuff which is why he left for Texas without a word to his best friend two years prior. Will’s character irked me a bit because he refused to let Hadley in but was trying to become best friends with her again. It seemed like he was going to play her for a bit there. He could have dealt with some things better. He was caring, though, and loyal for the most part. You could really see that in his relationship with his aunt.
The chemistry between Hadley and Will was there from before the novel began, back to two years prior the night before Will left. It was one of those sweet and slow romances instead of hot and heavy which I enjoyed. I have a thing for best friends romance and this one was done brilliantly. They had some communication issues in my opinion, but I was definitely rooting for them.
This Summer was a sweet best-friends romance with a large dose of drama. It is an ideal summer read.