Cool For The Summer By Dahlia Adler
Genre: YA, LGBT
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: 3.88 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.
Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.
Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?
Cool for the Summer is a story of self-discovery and new love. It’s about the things we want and the things we need. And it’s about the people who will let us be who we are.
I recieved a copy of this book (an eArc) from Netgalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
Where do I start? This isn’t your typical girl meets girl they fall in love, they have a few troubles and then end up together. Well, it has a part of it but it isn’t exactly that.
This is the story of Larissa. A girl, who has been in love with the same guy since forever and a summer that changed it all.
Now, i don’t wanna get too sentimental about the story because something quite similar happened to me when i was in high school. But i can confirm this kind of stories happen, more than you’ll think. And that is what i liked the most about this book, you can relate to it in a different level.
Larissa is the kind of character you can relate to. She isn’t sure of what she feels but she goes with it, she just, let’s the summer take the rails, and accepts the fact that she is having more than fun with a girl, instead of obsessing as always about the boy of her dreams.
The book started a little slow, it took me a while until i felt the flow reading it, but the moment i started really enjoying it i just couldn’t stop reading, i was so intrigueed by how things would work out, i just needed to keep on reading. This is the kind of books you just read in one or two seats, because it is just addictive. The reading came easy and it was so much fun. An absolute delight.
The character of Larissa was very easy to relate to, she was your typical girl, dreaming about some guy and what people expected her to want in life, until the moment she realizes she night want something more, she develops a “personality” over the summer, which i didn’t understand why she didn’t want to share with her friends when she came back to school, i mean, okay you might skip some details, but she became a different person in the summer and she choose not to let her friends see it.
I didn’t particularly care about her group of friends, most of the time they seemed shallow, the kind of friends that are friends because they have been for a while, but Larissa didn’t share much of her experiences with them. It felt awkward and weird, i wouldn’t want to have that kind of friendships.
Now, Jasmine was a complete different thing, she was ingenious, real, an interesting character i couldn’t completely read until the very end of the book, which was really fun, like trying to read a person through their acts and not completely seeing what is happening, you are set in the same spot as Larissa all the time. I found it very enjoyable.
The story between Jasmine and Larissa felt natural, fun and really a good thing for both of them.
I think, this book manages to show how much we can dream about something, but we need to live it to understand what we really want. Dreaming is not enough.
Overall, a great read. 4.5 stars for sure!
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