review Î The Summers


10 thoughts on “The Summers

  1. says:

    This was okay I’m not sure if it was the story or the narrator that made it meh The narrator has a nice voice but her reading of the story felt flat The story takes place over a summer and it focuses on a teen with complicated emotions and family dynamics There were four daughters but the youngest barely made an appearance I forgot she existed Some of the scenes didn’t make sense to me and didn’t have relevance to the story There were some interesting moments I liked how Kate the MC was able to see beyond herself towards the end of the book But at that age we are all a bit egocentric


  2. says:

    When author Iva Marie Palmer sent me a message on Twitter offering me not only the opportunity to host a giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite and other bits and bobs but also the opportunity to read and review her novel The Summers I was uite pleased It sounded like a wonderful novel set in Cape Cod which makes a change as it's usually the Hamptons and I was very excited to download the novel to my Kindle I love Young Adult books they very rarely fail to make me happy they're not as angsty as New Adult some are I'm sure but I like the light hearted ones okay? and if I ever feel like I need a lighter read with a bit of sweet romance Young Adult is usually the genre I lean towards as it ticks all of those boxes and I was very very interested to meet Ryan LandryBeing a British person it's uite unfathomable to me that American's travel to somewhere each summer for two or three months in England we maybe go on a fortnight's holiday or as I live in Tenerife I don't go on holiday at all and because I'm in full time employment I get four weeks holiday a year that I can't take all in one go so I live for these novels that are set in these glorious communities Nantucket Cape Cod The Hamptons where you can just celebrate Summer the way you're supposed to hang out with friends maybe get a little job for extra money meet a cute guy They're living the dream and I'm extraordinarily jealous The Summers is one of those glorious types of novels I love although it's tinged with a hint of sadness as the Sommers are returning to their beach house after three years away after the death of their motherEven though the Sommers family have been away from the Cape for so long it's still like arriving somewhere comfortable where you know everyone There's the Landry's next door and Kate's had a crush on their oldest son Ryan since she can remember desperate for him to notice her even though he's three years older It's that wonderfully comfy cozy girl next door and boy next door typical romance and it just makes me sigh and wish to be American and to live in Cape Cod I thought it was so great that Kate and Ryan got on like a house on fire straight away No awkwardness no skirting around each other it was great But my favourite aspect of the novel was Kate's absolute ambition to be a writer I really admire an 18 year old who knows she wants to be a writer and her story ideas were awesome I loved the idea of the lady who maps things I would actually read thatI wasn't so hot on Kate keeping her romance with Ryan a secret I could understand her reticence since her sister had him as a summer fling three years previous but at the end of the day Eliza was getting married so it was kinda irrelevent to the story so she should have just manned up and told her For a dish like Ryan why wouldn't you? I enjoyed getting to know Kate's sisters and if Iva Marie felt up to it I'm sure we could have books about all four of the Sommers sisters I particularly liked strong minded Tea She knew what she wanted and a story about her would be all kinds of awesome The ending was perhaps my least favourite part of the novel because it was the ultimate in frustrating endings and I've had my share of those this year It just ended With no real word on what would happen next It wasn't definitive enough and I like my endings definitive with a full stop Even an Epilogue would have worked for me but not what we got which was kinda disappointing Overall though it's a great little beach read perfect for lazy summer daysThis review was originally posted on Girls Love To Read


  3. says:

    BlurbFor Kate Sommers there’s nothing that compares to summer at her family’s beach house on Cape Cod the ocean breezes the clam bakes the boys She and her three sisters seemed to have all their “firsts” over those long months—first job first party first crush Kate’s first crush is her only crush—Ryan Landry the boy next door and her older sister Eliza’s on again off again summer flingBut it’s been three years since Kate and her sisters have spent a summer in Cape Cod When their mom died no one could imagine going back without her Now eighteen the whole Sommers family is headed to the Cape for Eliza’s wedding and Kate must find the strength to be there for her familyWhen Kate spots Ryan she realizes how much has changed since he last set eyes on her She isn’t the gawky fifteen year old that she once was and this could be the summer that Ryan finally takes notice Eliza says she’s moved on but Kate knows better than anyone that Ryan Landry isn’t the kind of guy you give up without a fight To be young again and to feel the butterflies in your stomach when you see that first love I really enjoyed the story


  4. says:

    Summersway too shortI enjoyed the storyline between the sisters and ultimately the love interest but it ended very anticlimactic I did get very emotional as the author indulged in the loss of the family memberhoped for a much exciting ending


  5. says:

    35 starsA cute story that deals with a lot of family issues In some instances I think we could've used info on things but it's a fun easy read nonetheless I was worried the ending was going to leave us hanging and was ready to rage but it wrapped up nicely I enjoyed the characters a lot Kate was a bit annoying at times but I could understand considering she was always in her older sister's shadow She grew on me and by the end I was rooting for her HEA Ryan was cute but seemed immature for 21 in a few scenes Then a chapter later he'd be like a 30 year old man Don't get me wrong I loved him but I just felt he was written inconsistently This is a romance but importantly it's about reconnecting with family and dealing with loss Again I kinda wanted detail on what happened to the mother but we never got that Was she sick? Was it sudden? An accident? Murder? We are left in the dark so that also was a reason I didn't rate it higher The dad is basically non existent in the story which makes sense I suppose But that actually made the loss of his wife seem recent than three years prior Again just a little thing but sometimes the little things matter most Overall The Summers is a cute story Something to read when you're in the mood to just sit back and enjoy something simple There's no angst Not much real drama Just plain fun


  6. says:

    SORRY was not a huge fan of this bookI had to DNF at 64% when Kate and her sister decided to spy stalk Ryan's ex girlfriend The ex girlfriend didn't even have her own dialogue and she already got herself a stalker I mean I wasn't a huge fan of Kate from the beginning but this was totally the last straw


  7. says:

    I was expecting a different endingIt was good I just wish she could of done a five years later kind of thing; like The Summer I Turned Pretty or a seuel


  8. says:

    Read my full review HERE at Into the Hall of BooksI chose to read The Summers by Iva Marie Palmer because I love summer romances and because I wanted something nice and easy to read listen to while I'm reading a couple of lengthier difficult stories good choice because it delivered Kate Sommers has been coming to Cape Cod for summer vacation along with her sisters and parents for yearsbut this changes when her mother dies After three years of not returning to their beach house they do return for a purpose Kate's sister is getting married and has chosen the beach as her venue It's tough for them to return without their mother but they each turn their grieving energies into an activity and push through while they plan for sister Eliza's wedding Kate takes a job working for a published author while she also falls in love But is this a summer romance? Or is this a romance that will last beyond summer vacation? The Summers is never a heavy book despite the sadness in learning that Kate's mother has died this is something we learn early in the first chapter if I remember correctly The sisters arrive at the beach house before their father who is having a difficult time with his grief they go in together and justface the place all of the memories the fact that this year she isn't coming the house with them I did not feel sad; I felt uplifted by their sister relationship because great ones are always attractive in stories Another thing that these sisters face early on is the condolences of friends and neighbors and people that they've known for ages remember most of these people haven't seen them in about three years These are the people with the serious we're so sorry faces and the ones that want to say something but never uite know what to say I love that rather than avoid these times and people altogether the sisters decide to go to a summer kickoff party and deal with these moments all at once It isn't long after their return that Kate has found an old crush madly re ignited Ryan Landry Ryan is her older sister Eliza's past summer fling she used to date Ryan during the summers multiple summers so he was always off limits to Kate But now Eliza is getting married so certainly she shouldn't care if Kate likes Ryan right? When Kate finds out that Ryan feels the same they begin secretly dating Kate doesn't want Eliza to find out right away Ryan agrees for a while and things go really well and the two have a great summer romance Their secret is bound to come out soon enoughbut how?Okay so here is what I love I love the sibling bonds between Kate and her sisters and between some of the other characters in the story I love the way Kate and her sisters rally behind their father when he isn't as far along in his grieving process as they are they understand his need to not be at their vacation home as much as they are this is sweet I love that there is an understanding that their mother has died but that this book isn't a grieving book this is a summer romance and the book stays true to that while also keeping Kate's mom's memory alive and well throughout the story never too heavy never too sad I love the romance between Kate and Ryan it feels true to me very fresh and new and experimental and sweet Their interaction is clunky at times but young love always is no matter what television and romance novels say and I LOVE THIS SO MUCH And I love that there is a realistic portrayal of the intensity of their feelings toward one another Love this romance aspect About the relationship being a secret I have some feelings about that but I'm not sure what they are I understand Kate's initial hesitancy because this guy used to be her sister's summer boyfriend but hey Kate if you have a uestion about things talk to your sister who has obviously moved on from Ryan I think it is a big lesson for Kate that Ryan's feelings are hurt by wanting to keep him a secret and a very realistic one AND I really like Ryan as a character and love interest so maybe that's why I do not love the secret aspect of the story HOWEVER the way everything finally unfolds doesn't feel very dramatic or too tension filled or angsty so this keeps the story flowing and manages to keep Kate likable for me I think she was acts like a young person does and young people do things that are in hindsight not always the best or the smartest of decisions So secret relationships? Sometimes needed sometimes not relative to individual stories is this how I feel? Maybe Probably In this situation I would love to sit down and have a little talk with Kate about how she went about things Moving onThe Summers wrapped up kind of uickly and I find myself wondering how things are working out for these two I wouldn't have minded a little I wouldn't mind stories about this family either I like them All in all I enjoyed this uick fun summer read I recommend The Summers by Iva Marie Palmer for people that enjoy summer romances and great sibling relationships This was an easy story to become immersed in and I think it would be fun for a pool read or a beach read or perhaps something between heavier stories Audiobook Notes The audiobook format of The Summers by Iva Marie Palmer is published by Brilliance Audio and is 7 hours and 16 minutes Unabridged It is narrated by Whitney Dykhouse who did a pretty good job with reading Kate with all of her uncertainties and overbearing moments and swooning over Ryan with all of her insecurities and vulnerabilities and shared sister time Given that the end of the book was rushed I found myself rewinding the audiobook and listening to the last chapter three times to really grasp the ending of the book before I decided to just read the last chapter without the audio accompaniment Sothis was not my very favorite audiobook ever but it was produced and read well and I would still recommend it for first reads or rereads


  9. says:

    4 Crazy Ass StarsSo I have been listening to this while I ran errands and some housework over the last few days I enjoyed it It is based in one of my favorite vacation places Cape Cod My family and I lived on the Cape for almost 8 years and now we vacation there every year While we mainly stay in the Sandwich area and this is down Cape there are still tons of things I can identify with The Fourth of July fireworks for example We always go over the fourth My favorite thing of all is to sit on the beach and watch the fireworks go off from Plymouth and all clear nights you can see them all the way in Provincetown And just like Kate and her sister my kids do not want to give up our trips to the cape They love itThis was a good listen and I can't wait for out annual trip to the Cape even after listening to this I may just have to drag the fam down cape this year on a day trip


  10. says:

    Great concept very predictable good setting but not enough for me to be captivated in the characters Something was lacking for me with them Perhaps I just wanted about the personalities of the 2 sisters or get to know Ryan besides OH HE IS SO “GOOD LOOKING” Maybe I should just continue reading it try to finish it but the development of the characters isn’t intriguing to me It just fading away the and I get deep into the book Mother’s death and going back where they always hang out during the summer years ago is how they copethey weren’t so much of coping and healing in there It’s into a boy next door giving you googly eyed moments kisses Too much drama for my taste I only could do 37% of the book I truly tried


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R older sister Eliza’s on again off again summer flingBut it’s been three years since Kate and her sisters have spent a summer in Cape Cod When their mom died no one could imagine going back without her Now eighteen the whole Sommers family is headed to the Cape for Eliza’s wedding and Kate must find the strength to be there for he SORRY was not a h

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For Kate Sommers there’s nothing that compares to summer at her family’s beach house on Cape Cod the ocean breezes the clam bakes the boys She and her three sisters seemed to have all their “firsts” over those long months first job first party first crush Kate’s first crush is her only crush Ryan Landry the boy next door and he BlurbFor Kate Som

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R familyWhen Kate spots Ryan she realizes how much has changed since he last set eyes on her She isn’t the gawky fifteen year old that she once was and this could be the summer that Ryan finally takes notice Eliza says she’s moved on but Kate knows better than anyone that Ryan Landry isn’t the kind of guy you give up without a figh 4 Crazy Ass Stars

  • Paperback
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  • The Summers
  • Iva-Marie Palmer
  • English
  • 10 December 2017
  • 9781477827307

About the Author: Iva-Marie Palmer

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