I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
on May 1, 2015
Also by this author: How My Summer Went Up in Flames, Famous Last Words
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?
For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn’t just the perfect summer escape, it’s home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can’t help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.
Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy’s summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.
The Summer After You and Me takes place in post hurricane Sandy New Jersey. There’s a lot of rebuilding and starting over going on for the residents of Seaside, but Lucy’s story revolves around her heartache over a boy she thought she had.
We meet Lucy at a very rough patch in her life. That’s probably an understatement. She’s having some major boy problems and then something happens that causes some major friend problems as well. I really liked Lucy. She didn’t always make the wisest choices but she was always an honest and refreshing voice. Her friends and brother were infuriating though. In a good way, I guess, because I had to keep reading to find out how the issues were going to get fixed.
The romance between Lucy and Conner was great! Conner was such a good guy under that bad boy mask. I loved how patient and understanding he was with Lucy (and her friends and family). He was without a doubt my favorite part of the story.
The Summer After You and Me gives us a unique perspective into the aftermath of a natural disaster. There’s a scene where Lucy goes back to her island home for the first time after the storm that I could relate to so well. We lived through the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak and waking up the morning after the tornadoes to see all the unimaginable destruction was exactly how Jennifer Salvato Doktorski wrote it. Even though it isn’t an easy topic, I enjoyed reading about something I could relate to so well.
The Summer After You and Me would be the perfect addition to your beach bag this summer. It has everything you could ask for in a summer read!
About the Author:
Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of two YA novels and is a freelance nonfiction writer. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
Connor opened the gorgeous double doors, each with half-moon stained-glass windows on the top, and motioned me inside. “After you.”
The house had that distinct yet hard-to-describe smell of a beach home that had been closed up for a while. I walked to the center of the high-ceilinged foyer and immediately pictured pine garland and twinkling white lights wrapped around the sweeping banister.
“Wow. I’d love to spend Christmas here,” I said and immediately regretted being so sappy.
Connor smiled. “You could fit a twelve-foot tree in this hallway.”
I admit, over the years I’ve had my share of Connor-centric fantasies. However the image of him watching his children pad down the stairs on Christmas morning had never been one of them…until that very second. I liked thinking about Connor that way.
“Come on. You’ve got to see the master bedroom.”
The wholesome image of a Malloy family Christmas vanished. Aha, I thought. That was the Connor I knew.
“Uh-uh,” I said. “The widow’s walk. I want to go there first.”
“Race you,” he said and took off running.
He beat me up the two flights and was waiting for me in the third-floor hallway toward the back of the house. Off the hallway was an art studio, with a drafting table and a bookcase. There was also a telescope standing near the window.
“Follow me.” He crossed the studio and unlocked the deadbolt to the narrow door leading outside.
“You’ve already been up there?”
“First thing I did when I got here,” Connor said.
“Not the master bedroom?”
“Nah, that’s the first thing I wanted to do when you got here.”
I thought it was just more flirty banter, but Connor’s flushed cheeks looked as warm as my body felt. He stared at me for a beat too long and my throat constricted. I was suddenly aware that I’d left the house with slept-on hair and no mascara. The look on Connor’s face told me he hadn’t noticed. His eyes never left mine.
Finally he said, “Come on, Luce. I’ll follow you.” The space was tight when I passed in front of him, and the closeness of his body gave me the shivers. I opened the door and stepped outside onto a small patio. I walked toward the wrought-iron spiral staircase that lead to the widow’s walk on the roof and placed my hand on the railing. My knees felt shaky as I began the climb, but I never looked back.