Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond

The Summer of No Regrets
Katherine Grace Bond
Sourcebooks Fire
[May 1, 2012]

The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.

As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?
This book was...interesting.

Brigitta kind of annoyed me. She seemed so intelligent, yet so utterly oblivious about Luke and what was really going on. And she was somewhat all over the place in her thought pattern. From her parents, to her grandparents, to her friend, to Luke, to the animals she cares for, to her blog. Luke also bothered me, but for a different reason. He seemed to run very hot and cold. Every time things made sense, he and Brigitta would have some kind of interaction that changed everything.

I did really enjoy the story itself, though. It had a lot going on and could've been more focused, but it was still pretty good. It was a funner, lighter story. A good, pretty quick summer read. I liked some of the plot lines more than others, but I wasn't a big fan of some of them. The logic was also a bit iffy at times, but I just read past it.

This wasn't a fantastic book. It didn't blow me out of the water and I can't full remember the ending or the truth about Luke's deal. But I liked it while I read it and it was entertaining. If you have it in your TBR pile or you're debating getting it, I would go for it!

--Julie

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