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Title: The Summer After You and Me
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.
Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?
This book is the perfect summer read! Reading The Summer After You and Me will leave readers dreaming of sandy beach towns. In this book by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, Lucy, the main character, is swept into the eye of an actual storm while dealing with love and the search for independence.
The Summer After You and Me is set in the horrific time of Hurricane Sandy, which makes this book feel quite realistic. After Superstorm Sandy hits Lucy’s hometown, her family is struggling financially. Usually, beachy reads are pretty laid-back and simple. This time period of devastation for so many adds a special flavour to this book that turns it into a relatable and fascinating story.
As expected in a book set in a beach town, there is a romantic plot line. In The Summer After You and Me, Lucy has a twin brother, Liam. Lucy’s brother and boyfriend hate each other. Lucy is caught in the middle of the two people she loves. This rift between the two siblings creates tension and drama that will satisfy those who enjoy a good romance novel.
The main character, Lucy, is very determined and self-reliant. Throughout the novel, Lucy is pursuing her dream of becoming a marine mammalogist. She knows how to go for what she wants by volunteering in a similar field and talking to a friend who knows all about marine biology. It is refreshing to read a book that encourages young women to be independent and attain their goals.
Fans of Sarah Dessen will definitely enjoy The Summer After You and Me. It is a fast-paced story that has the right mix of drama, love and determination.