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“It’s summer. It’s hot. And it’s time to hook up.

Cousins Ella, Beth, and Jamie are at their family’s beach house, and they’re gearing up for the wildest time of their lives. Sassy Ella is majorly crushing on a cute older boy — who just happens to be her sister’s new boyfriend. Meanwhile, practical Beth is surprised when she finds herself falling for her best friend George. And shy, creative Jamie gets her heart broken when her summer love abandons her.

Three girls, too many boys, and some seriously stormy romances…it all adds up to one unforgettable summer.”

This book was hard to read at first. The characters were not drastically different to start. Once I could tell the characters apart, which only happened after the boys became a part of the story, the book got more interesting. The fact that the three main girls were hard to tell apart until boys were around shows a lack of development of the female characters which is surprising coming from, I’m assuming, a female author.

The most interesting plot line was Jamie’s. She was dating the guy she met last summer, but in the middle of the summer he tells her that they were never dating. She goes crazy and breaks into his house and smashes his stuff and hooks up with his friend. Another, clearly, unhealthy depiction of a relationship.

Beth has the classic girl falls for the close guy friend that she never expected to like. Of course they only get together when he gets drunk. Before they get together Beth is super jealous and that is seen as natural. Yet another example of an unhealthy relationship.

Ella has a more interesting plot line that Beth. She is crushing after the guy her older virginal sister gets with. She half tries to steal him, half to get attention and half to get him. She sleeps with him right after she finds out that her sister was thinking about it, but got dumped before she could. The big twist with this one is also expected and show how much a skeeze the guy is.

So this book wasn’t a bad read, but I am getting tired of only seeing unhealthy relationships. There can be flawed relationships, but these are unhealthy ones portrayed as ideal (Beth) or hot (Ella), and that there are different ways to react to a break up (Jamie vs the older sister of Ella).

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1 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

 

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