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Book Review: Last Summer By Rebecca A Rogers

Book Review: Last Summer By Rebecca A Rogers

Title: Last Summer
Author: Rebecca A Rogers:
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: July 18th 2012
Goodreads Summary: All Chloe Sullivan wants to do is get through the summer. Her life has been in disarray for more than six months, and she knows the only reason her parents made one final trip to Sandy Shores is because of her. They are, after all, two seconds away from filing for divorce. When Chloe stumbles upon a boy in one of her childhood hangouts, she’s in for more than just a relaxing summer vacation.

Logan Andrews is exhausted, famished and, quite frankly, kaput. His parents kicked him out when he refused to attend a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction. Now, he wishes he would’ve listened; he’d be receiving appropriate medical care rather than living in a dingy, godforsaken shack, holing up from money-hungry drug dealers.

Logan’s godsend arrives in the form of Chloe, who can’t hold her tongue when it comes to matters of the heart. They’re both in for a rude awakening when Logan’s past catches up to them, though. Can they escape the drug dealers showing up at every twist and turn, or will things end much worse than they ever imagined?

WARNING: contains strong language, drug use, and sexual situations, including an explicit sex scene and a near-rape scene. Mature audiences only. 17+

Review

So they say never judge a book by it’s cover, but if I’m perfectly honest the only reason I signed up for this book tour is because I was won over by the cover. This novel really surprised me and I’d even go so far as to say that this is one of the best YA books I’ve read in a while. Last Summer is really shocking and thought-provoking and yet at the same time there’s a real romance going on between the two main characters which makes for a brilliant combination.

Last Summer is such an easy read and I zipped through it all in one sitting. The story is compelling and addictive and I just had to keep reading to find out more. Whilst the cover may lead you to believe that this is your typical, sappy, teen romance novel – it’s not.

In fact, it addresses some pretty serious issues such as divorce, domestic violence, drug use and gang violence to name a few. This isn’t the sort of romance that turns you into a crazy fan-girl because it’s far too serious for that; however, it still gave me intense butterflies in my stomach whilst reading it. There are quite a lot of twists and turns towards the end which made this book an even more exciting read and the action builds up over the course of the novel with an explosive finish.

I thought that some parts of the novel weren’t as well developed as they could’ve been, but on the whole I really enjoyed the story. Some might question the fast paced relationship between Logan and Chloe, but both characters were in pretty desperate situations at at the beginning so it’s not that unrealistic to be honest. As both the main characters are very isolated during that summer, there aren’t that many other characters so the story is really focussed on Chloe and Logan.

Both characters are quite mature and you really admire their courage as they face things that most normal teenagers wouldn’t be able to cope with. I loved the character development from beginning to end as it made me feel like the story had actually progressed unlike many other teen romances I’ve read. I didn’t exactly feel ‘connected’ to the characters as, of course, I have absolutely no idea what it would be like to go through the things that they have and yet I still felt really drawn into the novel and captivated by Logan and Chloe.

Last Summer was not at all was I was expecting. I had read the blurb beforehand so I knew that this wasn’t your average young adult romance but I still wasn’t prepared for such a deep and interesting read. I would highly recommend this to all fans of contemporary romance though, as it says in the summary, I would keep this away from younger teenagers because some scenes really aren’t appropriate for them.

Many thanks to the author for providing me with a signed review copy!

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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29 Comments

  1. Jenea Whittington
    31st August 2012 / 11:30 AM

    Great review. I haven't seen this before. I will definitely add it. Thanks for sharing it.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Cali Willette
    30th September 2013 / 11:01 PM

    Cool review! This book sounds like a nice light read for summer. <3

  3. Elizabeth
    20th March 2016 / 6:40 AM

    Sounds like a very interesting read, and something I probably really would have enjoyed when I was a young adult. Why always the bad boys, eh? 😉

  4. Hannah Wood
    20th March 2016 / 9:41 AM

    Sounds very good I still need to find more time to read books as I just don’t get the time or make time to do so.

  5. Mr Tom James
    20th March 2016 / 10:25 AM

    I can’t until I graduate from university this year. I’ve spent 3 years only reading academic books so I’m excited to read a normal book for once. There seems to be a lot of these books being published!

    • 23rd March 2016 / 10:14 AM

      Ugh I completely understand. I’m currently on my year abroad which is why I can finally read some non-uni related books!

  6. 20th March 2016 / 11:53 AM

    Of course there has to be villains that makes life exciting. Sounds like a good book for young adults. I thought the cover could use a little more work though.

  7. 20th March 2016 / 11:53 AM

    Of course there has to be villains that makes life exciting. Sounds like a good book for young adults. I thought the cover could use a little more work though.

  8. 20th March 2016 / 12:36 PM

    Ha! While reading the Goodreads summary and then the 17+ warning I was thinking to myself, “Dang – this cover and some hot, sweaty action?!” right as I read your intro saying basically the same thing. Birds of a feather!

  9. Adina Mera
    20th March 2016 / 1:42 PM

    This sounds like a cool read! I needed a few new book suggestions to add to my list! Great summary, definitely sparked my interest.

  10. Nayna Kanabar
    20th March 2016 / 4:36 PM

    This book sounds like a good light read will add it to my reading list for next holiday.

  11. 20th March 2016 / 5:36 PM

    oh this sounds like a great read I have a few left and then I am on the hunt for new reads

  12. George Foster
    20th March 2016 / 6:46 PM

    Young adult novels are such a thing now! So it was interesting to see another one! Bet they’ll make it into a movie eventually!

  13. Cheyenne Skyeforest
    20th March 2016 / 8:16 PM

    Even though this isn’t the type of book that I would read, I am glad that you ended up enjoying it!

  14. Ickle Pickle
    20th March 2016 / 8:27 PM

    It sounds like a book my eldest daughter would love. I don’t have time to read. Great review. Kaz x

  15. Helen Clark
    20th March 2016 / 8:49 PM

    Great review and this sounds a really good read. I’m adding it to my kindle wishlist now, thank you 🙂

  16. emma
    20th March 2016 / 11:12 PM

    amazing review! just about to finish my current book i am reading! and i am considering this one! love you blog btw 🙂

  17. Angela Milnes
    20th March 2016 / 11:22 PM

    Sounds good. I’m just about to read a book that sounds quite similar. Thanks for sharing, I will add it to my list.

  18. 21st March 2016 / 12:21 AM

    This sounds like a lovely romantic book. I will check it out.

  19. 21st March 2016 / 12:39 AM

    This sounds like an interesting read I have to admit I do something love a good romance. x

  20. Sheena
    21st March 2016 / 1:32 AM

    Sounds interesting! I love a good romance novel too, especially if it’s a quick, easy read!

  21. NuRechia
    21st March 2016 / 3:17 AM

    This sounds very interesting… I was just telling my husband i need a new book… i will be looking in to this one this week.

  22. Denni Engelen
    21st March 2016 / 5:33 AM

    Great review; Sounds like something I would enjoy reading !I’m adding it to my kindle wishlist right now

  23. Natasha Mairs
    21st March 2016 / 9:23 AM

    This sounds right up my street, will have to add this to my to-read list

  24. Cătălina-Iuliana Nini
    21st March 2016 / 7:48 PM

    Great post. Reviewing books is such a good idea. Sometimes I do judge books by the cover too :))

  25. 22nd March 2016 / 3:48 PM

    The book cover really reminds me of the opening scene from Grease!

  26. Le Coin de Mel
    22nd March 2016 / 10:38 PM

    I like the cover too! Sounds like a good read

  27. gilbert Mutange
    23rd March 2016 / 1:59 PM

    I love books and this is a nice review Laura. Hoping to read one over this easter weekend

  28. Mandi
    24th March 2016 / 9:50 PM

    Another book to add to my never ending list of books I want to read, but struggle to find any time to read!

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