Spoiler-Free Review: When Summer Blew Up by Shervine Thompson
So, I'm back with another book today that I was sent for review a long time ago, but I have finally read it and can now give a proper review. I will attempt to keep this review spoiler-free, but if it isn't I'll put a note above to say so. If there's no note it should be safe to carry on.
Before I get into the review, I'd just like to thank Shervine Thompson for sending me an ebook copy of When Summer Blew Up and I'm sorry that it took me a long time to do this review.
Anyway, let's get into the review...
Title - When Summer Blew Up by Shervine Thompson
Date Started - 22/12/2016
Date Finished - 26/12/2016
Genre(s) - YA
Synopsis: "When Summer Blew up, it meant one thing for the ever overly spunky Autumn Vanderpool. That her life was over ,along with her hopes of ever being an elite Olympian Gymnast. Now she is back in Guanela, the island where she grew up,forced to live with her tyranny aunt, whom she considers to be the Joker's identical twin. Her only worry now is survival and to completely forget her past.
That's until she met the boy with the red shoes. He is the charming Brainiac while she is the girl who nobody wants to be around, but yet they soon become close friends. Now she is pushed to look at herself in a whole new light, and pursue her dream of becoming an Olympian gymnast, and although she may have gotten on the audition team, staying there is only half the battle. But her dark past and the infamous `they' aren't happy with the new Autumn, and threatens to destroy her new found happiness.
When Summer Blew Up follows the friendship of two teens growing up in the 1980s to when they are adults."
*I was sent an ebook copy of this book from the author in trade for an honest review* *All opinions are honest and my own*
I was sent a copy of this book back in the summer when I was in a huge reading slump and I wasn't reading much if anything. I was hoping this would pull me out of my slump.
I started reading it and I got to the end of the first chapter and then gave up. I found it too confusing and I just wasn't interested.
I tried to forget about the book a bit up until now, but I didn't feel like I'd given it a proper attempt. I felt bad that I'd been sent a copy of it and hadn't given it my full attention to at least read a bit more before giving up. As it was December and nearly the new year, I did want to at least give this book another try before the new year. I started it and I'm so glad that I gave this another try as I did end up enjoying it.
When I started the second read I was still a tiny bit confused, but all I needed to do was carry on a few more pages and then I understood a bit more of the book. I'm not going to lie and say that I somehow was suddenly able to whizz through the book, because that isn't what happened. I found that I did have to push myself to read the book for about the first 100 pages, but after that point I was genuinely wanting to read it.
I did insert a copy of the synopsis above, but I seriously don't think it does enough justice and I know I wouldn't be able to explain it any better, but trust me when I say the following. When Summer Blew Up has so much more to it. It is a long book, but the amount that happens and the depth to each character and the struggles they continuously have to face are so much bigger.
It took me a while, but I did feel really strongly about Autumn, I found that I did really care about her and hated how she was treated by certain people. However, at times she sort of was trying to wind people up and wasn't helping herself or the situation she was in. There was quite a few characters and it was interesting to see how some of them changed over the time period to get to how they are in the present moment.
This book was a bit different to anything I'd read in a while and it was really interesting to follow such different characters and their stories. It's interesting to see how each character plays a role in Autumn and Danny's lives throughout the story and the journey from the past to the present is such a meaningful one.
The ending I felt was a bit rushed and everyone's emotion kept chopping and changing and I just felt that it could've been made a bit clearer to show what really was going.
I also mentioned above that this book is on the longer side and I think that it did sort of need to be on the longer side. There are certain bits of description, which I feel could've possibly been cut out, however, because of the setting and length of time the book is played out across, I do think that it did need to be as long as it was, especially to fit all of what happened in it.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book though I was at times a bit confused. I would recommend this book if you were at least a tiny bit interested in the synopsis, but keep in mind that a lot more happens in this book then what is described in the synopsis.
Rate - 3.75/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29142902-when-summer-blew-up?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/When-Summer-Blew-Up-Shervine-Thompson/9781514451977
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