The Summer I Found You


The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry


Kate was once a normal teenaged girl who loved spending time with her best friend and making out with her boyfriend. But things change when Kate is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Instead of dealing with the diagnoses, Kate deems it best to ignore it, only dealing with it when things get bad.

Now Kate’s best friend is constantly worrying about her, constantly nagging her about her eating habits and insulin shots. As if having a second mother wasn’t bad enough, Kate’s near perfect boyfriend has dumped her – very publicly and for another girl.

Looking for a bit of distraction, Kate meets Aidan, a wounded soldier recently returned home from Afghanistan.

Aidan had his life planned out. He planned on dedicating his life to the U.S. Army. But when he’s badly injured, his plans change drastically. Now a veteran with one arm, Aidan needs a little distraction himself. And he finds it in Kate.

They’re both looking for distraction. But what they’ll find is so much more.

The Summer I Found You, written by author Jolene Perry, is a contemporary romance that peters out rather than sparking any kind of flame.

Perry’s writing is good. She has a real way of keeping readers interested in this story that she’s telling. Beyond that she’s crafted a story that is unique. The plot of The Summer I Found You is one that I haven’t found in the books I’ve read.

Even though the writing was good and the plot line unique, as a reader I had many problems with the book as a whole.

Main character Kate was the kind of character I wanted to root for. But I found I simply couldn’t. Instead of rooting for her, I wanted to shake sense into her. I get that she is young, and scared of this new diagnosis. But what I don’t get was her complete lack of caring about herself and about the people around her. Bottom line is this: I found Kate selfish.

I liked Aidan. But even though I liked him, I still had some issues with him as well. Like Kate, I found that Aidan too liked to sweep things under the rug – not dealing with them until he was forced to.

Both of these characters, I feel took the easy way out. Instead of being realistic and realizing that their lives had changed they chose to simply ignore it. Life doesn’t always work that way. Some people don’t have the choice to not to deal.

Besides the characters I found a slight issue with the actual title of the book. Judging from The Summer I Found You a reader would expect that this book takes place in the easy, breezy summer. Reality is: summer isn’t present. In fact Kate is still in school during the entire course of the book.

And finally, the last thing that really bothered me was this: when Kate was finally ready to deal with her diabetes it seemed to only be because of Aidan, not for herself. Not for her family who loved and cared for her so much. It was like Aidan told her to be responsible, and she was.

The Summer I Found You wasn’t what I expected it to be. I wanted more from this book. I wanted characters I could identify with and characters I could root for. I wanted a book set in the sunny summer months. But just because this book wasn’t my cup of tea, doesn’t mean it’s won’t be yours. Read it, and let’s discuss!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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Hello Readers,

As a reader and a blogger I am very obviously a book buyer/collector. There are plenty that I own and have read. There are plenty that I own but haven’t read (gasp!). And because I have real problems, there are books I want to read but won’t until I own them.

1. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

2. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

3. The F-It List by Julie Halpern

4. Don’t You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

5. The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wander

6. Hold Still by Nina LaCour

7. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

8.  In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

9. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

10. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella)

Stacking the Shelves (#7)

Stacking The Shelves


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Hello Readers!

It’s been quite some time since I posted one of these, so I figured why not schedule a post of all the books I’ve gotten lately. Some of these I have bought, some of them are arcs that were send to me for review from the publishers, and one was a gift to me from the #summerboxswap that Miss Print and I hosted a little while back.


1. Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

2. Firecracker by

3. Trouble by Non Pratt


4. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

5. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other THings on the Mend by Katie Finn

6. Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

black7. Tithe by Holly Black

8. Valiant by Holly Black

9. Ironside by Holly Black


10. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

11. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sara Ockler

12. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender


13. House of Ivy & Sorry by Natalie Whipple

14. The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond

15. Royally Lost Angie Stanton

So those are all the books I’ve collected over the past few weeks. What about you readers? What books are new to your shelves?!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Everyone is Telling Me I Should Read

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Hello Readers!

I read a lot, but in all honesty I tend to stay within my reading comfort zones. Because of that, there are people in my life (mostly Miss Print, who I’d like to point out practically created this lis) that tell me there are certain books I should read, books that I probably wouldn’t pick up on my own for one reason or another. Here is a list of books that have been suggested to me (that I still have yet to read):


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I read The Raven Boys and I absolutely loved it! It’s hands down my favorite Stiefvater book. That is why Miss Print was outranged to find out that I still have yet to read this book. And why she’s been stressing my need to read this book.But I haven’t read The Dream Thieves, the follow-up book? Why? Well there are several reasons. First I’m terrible with series, even series I love and adore. Second, I’m a bit afraid that this book will not live up to The Raven Boys.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Miss Print gushed about this book, and when she had decided that this was a book that she needed to own, she so graciously gave her copy to me. I know this was her way of passing along a great read to me, one that she knows I will probably love just as much as she does.  Before Miss Print’s gushing, I heard of Han’s latest book, but honestly filed it away in my memory banks for another time. At the time I didn’t want yet another title to my already long TBR list. At the time I wasn’t one hundred percent certain that this was the book for me. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book, and I’ve decided that I am going to read it … eventually.

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski – This book sounded interested from the get-go. I was immediately intrigued. So when, once again Miss Print read and loved it, she convinced me I needed it in my life. But I, obviously, haven’t read it yet. I know I should read it, especially since I own a copy – that is personalized and signed!

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg – I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I haven’t read all of Eulberg’s books. I haven’t read Take a Bow, and I have no real reason as to why I haven’t. But I should, Miss Print keeps telling me I should. Ha Ha Ha

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – My friend Dee has been bugging me for quite some time to settle down and read this book. It’s one of her all time fave books and she keeps telling me that I will love it just as much as she does. I read a retelling and really enjoyed the storyline.  But honestly, with all the other books on my shelf, this one keeps getting pushed aside. I want to read it, but I may never get to it, sadly.


Food For Thought, Random

Hello Readers!

As you know fellow blogger and real life bff Miss Print and I hosted another box swap. Last November we hosted the Giving Thanks Box Swap and this time around we hosted the Summer Box Swap. It’s a swap that allows participants the chance to give and get some great goodies. With sign-ups closed and swappers matched it was time to get shopping. While I was busy collecting goodies for the person I was giving to (which at this point will remain nameless, as her box is due to arrive on Friday and I don’t want to spoil anything) someone else was busy gathering goodies for me.

And that someone was Cecelia from The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia – a fellow book blogger and some one I’m glad to say I know in real life. Cecelia is awesome, and before going any further into this post I just want to say THANK YOU!!! to Cecelia.



My box must have arrived when I was visiting family in Virginia/North Carolina, so when I got home and found it waiting patiently to be opened I was overjoyed. It truly made my day better- and my day needed to be better after sitting in a car for eight plus hours with a stiff neck that I could barely move in either direction.  I tore the box open (yes, tore it open) to find:

A beautiful postcard/note from Cecelia.

A paperback copy of House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple – a book that I’ve been excited to read.

Not one, but two! nail polish pens in two of my most favorite colors – blue and turquoise.

London magnetic bookmarks.

London themed post it notes

What a great box, right?! Again, Thank You to Cecelia for being so generous and giving me such great gifts. I really appreciate it!

To everyone who participated: I hope you will all share your swapped boxes once they are received. Please feel free to use the hashtag (twitter) #SummerBoxSwap or to mention either Miss Print (@Miss_Print) or me (@Book_Bandit) to keep us posted.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

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Hello Readers!

To read or not to read? That is the topic of today’s Top Ten Tuesday post. There are a lot of books floating out there, many of which I want to read, many of which I don’t want to read, and many which I thought I wanted to read but am not so sure about anymore.

In no particular order*:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I received an ARC of this just before it’s publication from Book Expo America (BEA). At first it was one of those books that had been getting tons of buzz, and that buzz piqued a curiosity. But I never got around to actually picking up and reading it. Now, after hearing so much about this book I’m not sure it’s my kind of book.

Every Day by David Levithan – I think David Levithan is awesome. I loved the books he’s co-written with Rachel Cohn, especially Nick & Norah and Dash & Lily. I loved Boy Meets Boy.  But after being so incredibly let down by the last Levithan book I read (Two Boys Kissing) I honestly don’t want to read Every Day because I was so (previously) let down. I don’t want to be let down again.

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway – This book has been on my radar and my TBR list since …. FOREVER! I remember reading a brief summary of it right before it was published, and I was immediately interested. But time passed and the interested started to fade.

The Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard – I read book one of this series, and I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed the writing, the characters, the mystery, and all the twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. But with the series still going strong, I’m giving up on ever reading the rest of the books. There are just too many, and I’m just not that dedicated. I’m completely happy NOT knowing who A really is.

The Violet Eden Chapters 2 & 3 by Jessica Shirvington – I read book one of this series Embrace, and even though I really enjoyed it, I’m kind of over the whole angel theme.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde – okay in all honesty this is a book I want to read, but one I don’t think I’ll enjoy it because I’m not typically a fantasy reader. But my co-worker has been trying her hardest to convince me that it is the fantasy for me. I think I have to trust her.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr – I’ve read three books by Zarr. Two of those books I really, really liked. The other one, I just didn’t care for – at all. How to Save a Life is one of those book that I’ve been on the fence about.  And because I’m such an indecisive person it looks like I may stay on the fence with this one.


*I realize readers that there are not ten books on this list. I know there are a bunch of books that I wanted to read at one point but no longer have an interest in.  However, I can’t think of them all. I normally keep a running to read list on Goodreads and every so ofter I go through that list and weed out the books I know I will never get to, the books I no long want to read, or the books I’m not sure why I added in the first place. I already went though the list and weeded several books off of it. So I’m working on memory, and if you know me, you know I’m quite forgetful.




Exile by Kevin Emerson



It’s the start of a new school year at the PopArts Academy. And a new school year means that there’s a new crop of bands sprouting up. Since CandyShell Records stole aspiring band manager Summer Carlson’s previous band right out from underneath her, she’s on the hunt for some new talent. Even though there are many talented bands at the PopArts Academy, none of them feel like the right fit for Summer.

Until she meets Caleb Daniels.

Caleb is the kind of musician that every band wants. He’s the kind of performer that, not only possesses star quality, but also can make every fan fall head over heels. Caleb is the kind of rare and raw talent that every manager  would love to make famous. Too bad Caleb is don’t with bands. Since being kicked out of his own the previous summer, it seems as if he’s given up on music as a whole.

Until he meets Summer Carlson.

Together they put together Dangerheart – a band that is based upon a mutual love and respect for music and pure, unadulterated rock and roll. But when Caleb’s personal issues interfere, they not only threaten to break up Caleb and Summer, but they also threaten to disband Dangerheart, a band that is facing it’s end before even having a chance to start.

Exile, written by author Kevin Emerson, is the first book in the Exile Trilogy. A little bit of rock and roll and little bit mystery, this contemporary read has a little something for everyone.

As a music fan, I naturally gravitated towards this books. To say I loved the music aspect would be an understatement. Author Emerson, truly captures the essence of rock’n’roll.  What I loved most about it was that Emerson was able to capture both the creative and business side of the music industry. Beyond that readers get to see the raw, ugly side of a lifestyle that is too often glamorized.

Emerson’s writing is pitch perfect. It’s strong and descriptive, immediately engaging the reader. Reader’s can’t help being pulled into this story, seeing it through to the end, and impatiently anticipating it’s followups. Besides these facets, Emerson creates a seamless push and pull throughout the story. This push and pull creates, not only tension, but balance.

Like mentioned before there is a little something for every reader. You like romance, it’s there. Though admittedly it felt a bit too unrealistic for my liking.  You like mystery, it’s there too. When Caleb finds out his long lost father is actually the now dead frontman of a very famous band, Caleb is on a mission to find out what really happened to his dad and the three songs he supposedly took to the grave with him. And if you like a straight up contemporary read, this is your book. Exile is a book that readers will easily devour and easily relate to.

There was a lot to like about this book.  The plot line was unique and as strong as the writing.  The pacing kept readers engaged and wanting more.  Even though I (mostly) enjoyed this book there was one aspect that brought it down for me personally. The characters.

Main character Summer came off as a bit too wishy-washy. Summer lived two different lives.  At home she was Catherine, the girl who played by the rules, made perfect grades, and was considering studying law in the future. At school she was Summer, band manager extraordinaire who thrived on music and boys in bands. Because of this I felt like I couldn’t get to know the real Summer, and ultimately I couldn’t connect with her.

Summer also came off as a bit abrasive. She didn’t seem to have a sensitive or understanding side – she simply just managed – saying and doing things she felt was for the best of the band when really it was simply best for her.

Caleb also wasn’t a favorite character for me. Though he was most definitely swoon worthy, he was too passive – he would think instead of actually doing. And in high pressure situations he copped out rather than deal.

But because this is book one in a trilogy, I’m going to cut them both some slack as I’m hoping that within the next two books they both grow as characters – Summer getting a bit more softer, and Caleb taking the lead.