on May 7, 2013
Also by this author: Famous Last Words, The Summer After You and Me
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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…
I love a good road trip book. I don’t know many YA fans that don’t. They speak to the need of adventure in all of us. How My Summer Went Up in Flames was everything that I love in a good road trip book and more!
Rosie is the type of character that you can’t help but love. She’s a lot of fun and maybe just a tiny crazy, but the good kind of crazy. Rosie’s personality was infectious and I really couldn’t wait to see what she’d do next. I loved that the TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) was handled with more humor than angst. She does spend some time raging, pouting, and trying to understand her ex’s motives, but it’s still written in a light and fun tone.
The boys were unique. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about them at first or how I was supposed to feel about them. I ended up loving each and every one of them, though. I was happy to find out that there isn’t a ton of romance in How My Summer Went Up in Flames as well. It’s more about Rosie finding herself and getting past what her ex boyfriend did to her.
I adored all the road trip elements of the book. Especially because they travel to Pigeon Forge, TN and Dollywood, which are basically in my back yard. It’s always so fun to see the places you know and love in books. It’s been quite awhile since I read a road trip book that actually spends so much of the book on the trip. They visited so many fun and out of the ordinary places. I thought Spencer’s excitement and knowledge of each stop added a lot for me.
Overall, How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski was a super entertaining read. It’s really a perfect book for summer.