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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blake Reviews Endless Summer: Part One

Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 25 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Series: The Boys Next Door #1
Source: Gift
Pages: 587
Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.

Lori cant wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends--including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that shes turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But thats not going to happen--not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.

Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Loris romantic summer melt into one hot mess?
Endless Summer is massive because it contains two books. After reading the first one, I decided to read and review the two books separately instead of as a whole. I'm worried I might not like the second book as much as the first. It had such a pretty ending! Endless Summer was exactly what I expected it to be--light and fun. I didn't want a really serious book with life or death situations, but something simple and summer-y. 

Normally, I wouldn't like Lori as a main character. I didn't agree with what she was trying to do, or how she was trying to do it, but I did like that she was always honest with Adam about her intentions. She has wanted Sean for as long as she can remember, and she has her reasons, but that doesn't mean I agree with them or think they're valid.

I think the first line of the synopsis is misleading. It indicated a love triangle, but that's not the case. Everyone wants what they can't have, and it just happens to be people in this book. I still have no idea what Lori ever saw in Sean. I never liked him... not even a little bit. I hated the kind of person he was, and I was disgusted by the way he treated women and his brother. Family is supposed to be important. I can understand why Adam disliked him so much.

Lori tends to be a little clueless throughout the book, but it helps with the light, easygoing feel of the story. The lake, summer, boys... it was nice. I enjoyed the times they went wake-boarding together, and it made me want to learn myself. 

Jennifer Echols paints a nice picture of summer and relaxation, although I'm sure Lori would disagree with me. There were times when I caught myself smiling at random parts of the book. It may have been because something was funny, or Lori did something ridiculous. Either way, I enjoyed the book. I didn't expect a lot of crazy shenanigans, kidnappings, dragons--I just enjoyed a simple book about summer and boys. 
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1 comment:

  1. I read these books ages ago and I loved them! They're totally perfect for summer and just so cute. I hope you like the second book!

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