The Summer I Found You – Jolene Perry

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The Summer I Found You follows Kate, a teenage girl who has learnt she has diabetes and is struggling to cope with the pressures it brings to her life. She can’t fathom that her disease will be with her forever. Kate is also struggling following her break-up with her boyfriend.

Aiden is a 19 year old who has returned from an army tour abroad, during which he was involved in a tragic explosion, which leaves his sergeant dead and Aiden with an arm amputated. Aiden is struggling to come to terms with his injury and how it is going to change his life forever. Losing his arm has also meant losing his job, life plan and ability to drive his beloved car.

Kate and Aiden are introduced by Kate’s best friend, who is also Aiden’s cousin. The pair soon grow to be friends though their relationship is anything but plain sailing…

I enjoyed this book, it had the feeling of a light heated summer read yet with darker undertones – Kate’s diabetes and Aiden’s traumatic army experiences. I found it hard to put the book down as I desperately wanted to know what would happen to the characters. Some of the characters seemed almost stereotypical which I always find annoying in books – I think this stems from older authors writing about teenagers.

This book was not the best written book ever, with some awkward almost cliche descriptions, however I was so absorbed in the story, I found it easy to ignore. This also made the book easy to read, which reinforced the idea of a relaxing read.

All in all, I would recommend this book to those wishing to prolong summer (especially in the current winter weather) and relax with a light hearted read.

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