Summer’s List

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Author: Anita Higman

Publisher: Moody Publishing

Publishing Date: May 18, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-8024-1232-4

This is the first time I’ve ever rated a book less than four stars. Allow me to tell you why I struggled with this book… I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. This book was mediocre. If you enjoy reading books where the plot goes the exact direction that you expect it to, then this book may suit you well. I on the other hand, seek out books that will take me on a journey, books that will take twists and turns that I never expected.

Let’s dive into some of the details of the actual story, to give you a basis for my opinions. The first character we meet, aside from Summer in her first person view, is Elliot Whitfield, acharming, smooth-talking politician who will have it no other way than his way. Though he is Summer’s fiance, he has no problem talking up other ladies- he’s your stereotypical beautiful, yet dreadful, man.

After dinner Summer ends her relationship with Elliot expressing that she isn’t prepared to be a Senator’s wife, and that what he really needs an assistant more than he needs to be wed. As a reader, I’m happy for her to have stood up for herself! That is, until she gets home and begins whining. She comes across very juvenile, and almost flat as a character, initially. I remember thinking “as much as my grandmother, and even my mother are my best friends, I wouldn’t whine this much to them.” She goes back and forth, she whines and then whines about whining.

Granny was also just your average, run-of-the-mill grandmother. It was difficult reading what she had to say because it was like “I could literally see her in a cheesy frosted flakes commercial.” I didn’t hate everything about the book, though. See the story was sound when it comes to its structural stand points. It hit all the parts it needed to, had a few “plot twists,” your expected love story, etc. I did enjoy the little saying she had with Summer, though. “I love you big and high” while the other would chime in “as the Texas sky,” a regular way of saying goodbye between Granny and Summer!

I don’t think I admired a character much until Martin was brought into the picture. Of course Granny and Summer talked him up like he was a saint, but when we actually get to interact with him he’s witty, thoughtful, sweet, and eccentric. He was definitely my favorite character. He showed love and patience, even when it wasn’t deserved, throughout the entire book.

Of course, Higman did include certain details that provided some insight into the main characters, but they still felt like they were missing a piece of their face, of their identity. They didn’t seem like unique beings (minus Martin.) Summer was your average insecure, pretty girl who had dated a few too many guys for the wrong reason. Martin was the sweet childhood love that moved away and but was never forgotten. His brothers were like the evil stepsisters from Cinderella but just happened to be boys.

Everything in this book seemed mundane and at times cliche, which made it a difficult read. The book overall was an easy read because it was so well written structurally. It wasn’t fast paced, and didn’t even tug you to find out what happened next. It was just easy to keep turning pages. The only time I felt emotion, was when Marvin and Summer came together. Their childish, and innocent attraction was cute, and I wanted to see them continue to fall in love.

But that’s part of the problem. Before I’d even gotten to page 100 I knew how the story would end. It would be a classic “happily ever after,” boy-gets-girl, everyone reunited and loved, kind of wrap up. I can only speak from personal experience, but that isn’t a good wrap up to me. If you enjoy “happily ever afters” that are so blatant you can tell them from page 1, then this is a book you’ll enjoy. I, however, know that real life doesn’t always end with a happily ever after. I mean, look, reality is, Martin’s brothers probably would not have changed in their feelings towards him so quickly.

As an author, if you write a happily ever after, I feel there should be pieces that don’t wrap up so perfectly. If you can’t stop yourself from making everything come together then throw it in the epilogue years later. Just because you’re writing a work of fiction, doesn’t mean you should throw realism out the door.

Over all, my rating for this was a book three stars because I won’t read it again, and wouldn’t suggest it to others. It’s not bad, it’s just not worth sharing with.

 

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