I'm finally catching up on my book reviews, yay!
I joined NetGalley earlier this summer. NetGalley is a book site where reviewers can request electronic copies of books and review them. Let's be honest: I've got plenty of books on my shelf. What's nice about NetGalley's books is that they're e-books, and I always need more books to read on the go.
One of the first books I requested, and was approved for, was Julie Garwood's A Girl Named Summer. Here's the Goodreads description:
Julie Garwood's tales
always sparkle with the magic that comes from falling in love. Now her
talent shines brighter than ever in an unforgettable tale about young
love meant especially for younger readers.
Summer never meant to
lie. She just wanted to keep the most perfect guy she ever met
interested in her. She had been surprised when David began hanging out
with her every day...and dizzy with happiness when he kissed her. David
seemed to like her unconventional Irish family, even her eccentric
Grandpa. Everything was going great -- until Ann entered the picture.
She collected boys like trophies. How could Summer compete with someone
Before she knew it, Summer was boasting to David
about her passion for long-distance running. She never dreamed he'd
enter them in a six-mile race. Summer dreaded the moment when he would
discover the truth: she couldn't run six blocks. And the flirtatious Ann
was already working on David. Then Summer's Grandpa came up with a plan
that was just crazy enough to save the day....
This sounds like a good read, and I've always loved Julie Garwood's novels. But this one, originally published back in 1986, is not the caliber of novel I've come to expect from Garwood. The main character, Summer, is a likeable high school student with a crush. She'll do everything--including exaggerate the truth--to have the boy, David, like her in return. We've all been there. From that aspect, this is a very relateable story. However, there was really no substance to it. When it ended, I just kept thinking "that's it? What was the message of this story?" It was not super entertaining, had no moral to the story, and was flat out disappointing. This story will cause me to rethink picking up any of Julie Garwood's novels in the future.
I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A Girl Named Summer by Julie Garwood
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