May 2, 2012

Review - The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (+Giveaway)

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
May 10th, 2012 from Speak

This is a perfect beach read book for teens! Em jumps at the chance to spend a month with her estranged Aunt Tilly right after her high school graduation. Her parents are less than pleased with her choice to ditch her prestigious internship at her father's law firm. Em throws caution to the wind and opens herself up for new things and new everything else.

This book was a breeze to get through; light and entertaining. There were aspects of the book that were predictable, but teens love that. They want to say, "I called it!' Just when I was thinking that maybe it was too fluffy, a surprise was unveiled. A big surprise, actually. Not one that I can say I say coming a mile away. Even though there are events and relationships that come easy, the hook was a welcome surprise. I was excited about the twist of events and I think it came at just the right time. No spoilers...

I enjoyed watching Em wrestle with her need to please and finally watching her accept that she just has to live her life the way she thinks is best. She tries very hard to make everyone happy, make her parents proud, but doing so she just makes herself miserable. I can't imagine having my career planned out for me before I even got my first kiss or drove a car. Her parents, and grandmother, make her life harder than it should be, but the family message in this story is solid. Em's relationship with her sister is endearing. I love seeing positive sibling relationships and theirs is special.

A sweet romance that will have you packing the beach towel and sunscreen before the sun comes up.

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22 comments:

  1. Beach read, yeah! I get to go to the beach in September. Thoughts of that and BEA have gotten me through this year.

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  2. I love books about the Summer <3 There is something about the summer that's so liberating and makes you grow up. Thank gosh my summer is only a week away or I don't know how'd I'd deal.

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  3. I really loved the setting for this book-a beautiful place that contributes to the summery feel experienced by the reader.

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  4. I'm looking forward to read this! Great review! =D

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  5. Summer reads are so few and far between!! I'm always on the lookout for them. They're so refreshing :D

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  6. Ahhh i can not wait for summer to start! Lol and what's funny is that i actually have that swim suit top the model on the book is wearing lol:)
    -JennyC

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  7. Thanks for letting us know about a great summertime read!

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  8. Fantastic! i'm so happy to hear about a surprising beach read!

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  9. I love light summer reads! Great review!

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  10. I totally get the beach vibe from this cover. Just in time for summer!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Great! I'm looking for good summer reading.

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  12. This sounds like there's a lot of character development in it which is perfect!

    Thanks so much:)

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  13. "light and entertaining" <--it is so this! I just completely enjoyed reading this book :) Great review!

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  14. The second paragraph of your review sold me on this book! It sounds like a fun and easy read to pick up this summer. (commenting as Justine)

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  15. It does sound like a perfect beach read. And, since I plan to spend some time in the sun, I would love to have this book to read. Thanks for a chance to win it!

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  16. This sounds like it would fit in with the Jenny Han Belly series which I LOVED!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

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  17. This looks like a really fun summer read. I will totally be making sure to check it out!!!

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  18. A good summer read is hard to find sometimes, especially without a new Sarah Dessen book coming out this year. I'll have to try The Summer My Life Began and see if it can compare.

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  19. I'm always in the mood for a light, cute romance! I'm glad this one was a breeze to get through. Sometimes, I get a tad bit sick of all the heavy dystopians I read.

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  20. This book sounds like such a fun read. I love the cover, it reminds me of my younger years and riding my bike through my neighborhood with my friends and just being carefree. I miss those days! Thank you for the opportunity to read this :)

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  21. Oh this makes summer feel so close just by looking at the cover! Fun and light, just what is needed for the hot months!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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