Review ~ The Summer I Found You

Posted May 27, 2017 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 36 Comments

Review ~ The Summer I Found YouThe Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
on March 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reading Challenges: #ShelfLove Challenge 2017, 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
4.5 Stars

All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.
Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?


This is my third Jolene Perry book and I have to say I think she is a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed The Summer I Found You and had a hard time putting it down.

Kate is dealing with being broken up with and her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. Aidan is struggling with losing is his arm in Afghanistan and what to do now that he won’t a lifer in the Army. When Aidan’s cousin introduces the two they see each other as nothing more than a distraction from the things in their lives. Over time though they grow to be much more than that.

I really like Kate. She wasn’t perfect at all and maybe kind of annoying but I still thought that was relatable. She was dealing with a breakup she didn’t see coming and a diagnosis she hasn’t accepted. While she was super irresponsible with her Diabetes I think it was her just not coming to terms with it and a lot of that has to do with age/maturity level which I can see happening.

Aidan not only had to deal with losing his arm which is huge in itself but the Army was his life plan. He needs to figure out what to do next. One thing that I loved about Aidan was his relationship with his mom. While he has to love with his aunt and uncle he visited his mom a lot and they had such a cute bond.

Kate and Aidan at first were so unsure of each other. Kate blurts out the first thing on her mind all the time which actually seems to be endearing to Aidan. Everyone one is watching what they say or pretending that he doesn’t have one arm and I think Kate just talking and asking questions actually makes him a bit more comfortable overall. I liked how the relationship developed and they realized that they actually had feelings for each other and weren’t just distractions.

I had two issues with the book though. One, I wish Kate would have just opened up about her diabetes with Aidan. I mean come on, he has gone through a lot her will understand. Two, the book is not set in summer and I don’t remember the beach being a thing. That cover and title don’t make sense!!! Still, those are totally minor things.Β I read this super quick and really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the romance.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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36 responses to “Review ~ The Summer I Found You

  1. Glad this was nice. I remember someone in high school who was diagnosed w/ diabetes and they totally did not take into account, they still did whatever and drank etc. Didn’t really manage it. Not that everyone that age would but some definitely especially if they’re angry about it. Anyway this sounds like a good read! Funny that it’s not set in summer, given the title, but glad the problems were mostly minor.
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  2. This sounds like a such a sweet read. I think I’d be a little bothered about her not opening up about her diabetes as well. I just finished a book last night where the main character spent almost the entire story trying to hide a condition she had from all of her friends and it was so frustrating. I kept thinking “Let them in. They’ll be supportive!”
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  3. I wasn’t crazy about this book. I gave up on it halfway through, but I don’t remember why I didn’t connect with it. Oh well, you can win them all, I guess. I’d like to read some of Jolene Perry’s other books to see if I like those better.

  4. Time out. This isn’t set in the summer? Then just… WHY with the cover? No, that is weird, I am with you! I like that this tackles tougher issues, too- especially the military piece, I think that is woefully under-explored in YA. The diabetes thing… I can imagine how hard it would be. My college roommate was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and she was SO sick- like spent weeks in the hospital at a time- but she still didn’t take it seriously (drinking a lot, eating whatever, etc). It was scary, honestly. Glad you enjoyed this one! I want to give this author another chance, maybe I’ll try this one! Great review!
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  5. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one!! There was something about Kate and Aidan that just resonated with me and I was so attached to the story. (I even made my husband read it. LOL) I was totaly wishing for Kate to just open up about her diagnosis and be up front with it, but I felt like for her age her choices totally made sense. Bury your head in the sand and pretend this didn’t exist so she didn’t have to deal with it. It seemed so realistic. I do agree about the title, though. It’s always confused me. πŸ™‚
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  6. Glad you enjoyed this one. I didn’t love it as much, but it is a good story. Nice review, I agree that she should have opened up more to him about her diabetes. And yeah, it would have been nicer if the story stayed in summer and related to the cover. It just seems kind of misleading lol

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