Song of Summer
by Laura Lee Anderson
published on July 7th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark
young adult | romance | contemporary
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The thirteen qualities of Robin’s Perfect Man range from the mildly important “Handsome” to the all-important “Great taste in music.” After all, Westfield’s best high school folk musician can’t go out with some shmuck who only listens to top 40 crap. When hot Carter Paulson walks in the door of Robin’s diner, it looks like the list may have come to life. It’s not until the end of the meal that she realizes he’s profoundly deaf.
Carter isn’t looking for a girlfriend. Especially not a hearing one. Not that he has anything against hearing girls, they just don’t speak the same language. But when the cute waitress at Grape Country Dairy makes an effort to talk with him, he takes her out on his yellow Ducati motorcycle.
*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Thank you to Bloomsbury Spark for providing me with an advanced copy for review.
We can probably change the title of this book to Holy Mother of Adorableness and it would still be totally appropriate. My cheeks still hurt from all the smiling I just did!
Right off the bat, you could feel the chemistry radiating between Robin and Carter. I was surprised by how well Anderson played the insta-attraction card–she managed to make it both sweet and realistic. It was the kind of cute that will make you want to reminisce on all the guys and girls you’ve crushed on before.
Individually, I love how both main characters had their own support systems. While she may not have had the most present parents, Robin had her co-workers and friends who were very supportive of her and wanted to be happy. Carter had his amazing, sweet, and very caring family. I wanted to hug his parents and his sisters so hard!
Anderson’s writing was really easy to read, and I found my heart palpitating and clenching in the perfect moments. I could really feel what the author intended for the reader to feel, which earned her a spot on my Author Nice List.
One of my little qualms, though, is about how this book is being marketed. The synopsis makes it clear that music will play a big part of this book, but whenever Robin and Carter were together, it was just a topic that was always glossed over or put to the side. It could’ve made this book extra awesome, and without it, the book just lacked some depth at some points.
And there’s this one scene close to the end of the book where Robin tested my patience. She was really quick to judge and made some stupid mistakes, but I guess that just made her more of a person–a bitchy person, but a person nonetheless.
If you’re curious, the book ended in an open ending. It might not be the HEA you’re looking for, but it was realistic and made me daydream about a beautiful future for our two main characters.
Overall, if you’re just looking for a quick contemporary read to make you smile, definitely consider picking up Song of Summer!
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.