Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski [Review]

How My Summer Went Up in Flames3.5 out of 5 Robots!

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: May 7, 2013
Hardcover: 307 Pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
How My Summer Went Up in Flames falls in that fluffy, contemporary category.  I like a good fluffy read, but I had a hard time connecting with this one.  Rosie is a hard girl to like.  She exhibits many character flaws that are major turn offs for me.  She is impulsive and selfish.  She is boy crazy and obsessed with her ex boyfriend.  She constantly slut shames other girls.  I spent most of the time rolling my eyes at her antics.  Then there are the potential romances.  I couldn't understand, other than her looks, what the other guys saw in her.  She didn't exactly give them any reasons to find her attractive. 

But for all of this, I didn't exactly dislike this book either.  The road trip was a lot of fun and I liked learning about Rosie's travel companions.  Rose, luckily, does mature throughout the book and I was appreciate of her decisions towards the end.  I DO think there are people who will enjoy this book more than me.  I think it largely depends on whether you can get along with Rosie. 

1 comment :

  1. I ended up not reading this when it showed up as a free read on Pulse It because I didn't think Rosie and I would get along, so I think I'm ok that I passed this one up!



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