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Title: Vanishing Summer
Series: Unexpected Love #1
Author: Lora Richardson
Release Date: Mar 24, 2019
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance/ High School
He disappeared four years ago, and I’m to blame. Now he’s back.
I call it the vanishing summer. Everett, my best friend and the first boy I ever kissed, was kidnapped; taken from right beside me. Three months later my mom died. They were both just gone. The bright, fearless spark inside me was gone, too—blown clean out.
I learned that the worst could happen at any moment and with no warning. I didn’t want to go outside anymore. I avoided the woods where Everett and I had played. I hated to let my brother and my dad out of my sight. For four years, I lived with a pounding heart and shaking hands.
But I’m sixteen now, and ready to find my way back to myself, to somehow move forward. Therapy is helping. I let one new friend into my life, and she’s helping, too. I’m trying this new thing where I act like the old me—unafraid and confident and bold. I’m doing scary things and trying not to let them scare me.
Then one night as I’m sitting outside in the dark, Everett walks through the trees and back into my life.
- I love the main characters and the supporting characters.
- I love the relationships and not just the romantic relationship, but I even enjoyed the sibling relationship between Greta and Joe. And I really, really love the healthy way that Greta balances her relationships between Everett, her friend Meredith and her family. It’s such a great example to teens!
- Everett! He’s just a big hunk of sweetness despite all he’s gone through and continuing to go through.
- I was so invested in this story and fully immersed into every scene. And while some of the topics were heavy, I really enjoyed the light manner in which they were addressed. This definitely isn’t riddled with the angst, and sometimes I just need something light.
Overall, while I wouldn’t say this book is amazing, it is so thoroughly pleasant and enjoyable. There are a couple issues with editing and logic, but they weren’t big enough to really detract from the story. This book left me anxious to pick up another Lora Richardson!
Challenges: Finishing the Series, Wizarding World Tour, A to Z Reading Challenge, Goodreads
Have you read Vanishing Summer? Or do you plan to? Do you enjoy books that aren’t filled with angst? Or are you all about the angst?