Title: How My Summer Went Up in Flames
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Publisher: Simon Pulse: an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 7, 2013 (first published January 1, 2013)
Summary (from Goodreads): First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!
Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.
To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…
How My Summer Went Up in Flames is a light and amusing summer read. It tells of a perfect road trip that is relatable and will make the reader feel as though they are part of the story. This book is complete with an entertaining narrator and a plot that is inspirational.
How My Summer Went Up in Flames is an epic road trip novel! I am a huge fan of any travel/road trip books, so I really enjoyed this one. After the main character, Rosie, is served with a temporary restraining order, for accidentally setting her new ex-boyfriend’s car on fire, she is sent on a trip with her neighbour and his two friends in a tiny car. They visit places like the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, which are well known and make the book more relatable. The way the book is written makes the reader feel like they are part of the trip as well.
I really liked Rosie as a main character for How My Summer Went Up in Flames. She brings a lot of humour to the book. Her actions are not very well thought out, but it makes the book even more enjoyable when they backfire. She understands that what she does is wrong and attempts to fix it. She is a realistic character, because not everything goes her way. Rosie does have moments that are immature, but in real life, nobody’s perfect.
The plot of How My Summer Went Up in Flames isn’t just Rosie trying to get her ex back, which I really enjoyed. When she goes on a road trip with the three boys, she slowly changes and becomes very mature. This book is mostly about unlikely friendships and how sometimes, you just need to get away from an issue.
How My Summer Went Up in Flames is a nice, light summer read. It contains many famous landmarks and tourist stops, a spunky main character, and a great message. This novel is the perfect debut.