The Summer After You And Me

Paperback | April 13, 2015

byJennifer Salvato Doktorski

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Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances? For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer nextdoor, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

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Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances? For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and em...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 6.29 × 0.82 inPublished:April 13, 2015Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492619035

ISBN - 13:9781492619031

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didn't really like this Ummmm.... You know Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."?? That pretty much sums up this book. The reader is in the dark for the first half of what happened last summer, but it's not too hard to guess what happened because our main character Lucy pretty much avoids Conner. But alas she can't because she's just attracted to him and his rock hard abs. I liked the bits about Superstorm Sandy because that to me was real and something people actually lived through, but what would have made this book better was having it all happen in the past and then at the end go back to the present. Flipping back and forth was confusing and it wasn't done well because so many times I was just like what is going on? Am I in the past or the present? And the running story-line here was there is no story. I wanted to DNF this, but I was so close to finishing it, I decided not to. As for the characters? Oh boy it was hard to like them because let's face it Lucy drools over Conner like a slab of meat and I don't understand what made him so special. If he had so much personality then why didn't he do romantic sweet gestures? I was looking for that! It was really hard to like Lucy when she ends up having a boyfriend, yet she's basically in love with someone else. Every time she would make a decision, it was like she knew what the consequences would be, but she didn't care and went and did it anyway. Things would have been so much better if she just accepted people's help and apologies, she's mad at everyone for most of the book. I disliked pretty much all the characters except maybe for Meaghan and Matteo.. The rest were just... !!!! Super frustrating. Especially her brother. Oh god. Sadly, I didn't like this one or the characters in it, so I'm suggesting to keep an open mind when you pick this one up.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Talk a about a good book. This is a fantastic summer read. No way was I putting it down once I'd started. I really really needed to make sure that everything would work out for Lucy. The Summer After You + Me does an excellent job showcasing the ups and downs of life. Especially a teenage life. Lucy has a lot going on this summer, her part time job, her internship, her friends, her family and her love life. As this is a contemporary it is of course a romance(my fave), but I actually wasn't reading to get to the part when the couple comes together. This time around I was reading to make sure Lucy found her place. First lets talk about the atmosphere and setting of this book. Lucy lives on "the shore". Which we all know gets kind of a bad rapt because of a certain TV show. But it also went through a lot of destruction a few years ago when hurricane Sandy tore through there. We're shown a seaside town that months after the disaster is still trying to build itself up. The residents lost their livelihood but not their spirit. Lucy's family is not different. It cost money to rebuild. Something a lot of people are struggling with. Lucy is also going through a rocky bit in her relationship with her twin brother. Liam is being a pretty shifty brother. Some of the crap he does or says, I'd give a good punch for. But in the end, even though I don't condone his attitude towards Lucy, I can see where miscommunication played a big part. Which is actually a common theme in Lucy's relationships. Normal teenage not talking. Let's get to the romance aspect. We have Connor who has a summer house beside Lucy's. Lucy has had a crush on him for years. Than something finally happens between them before the storm hits. But than she doesn't hear from Connor. Talk about heart break. In the meantime Lucy and her best friend Andrew get together. Of course Connor comes back for the summer and things get messy. Here's the thing, I wasn't the biggest fan of Connor. He's a guy that has a long list of conquests and I really don't get Lucy's infatuation with him. He was a nice guy, but I actually would have preferred nothing to happen between them. On the other hand there was Andrew. In writing they're perfect for each other but there's obviously no spark there. When the eventual fallout comes I totally was feeling for Lucy. She probably just lost her best friend. I really resonated with Lucy. She's a smart, nerdy, super sweet girl. Obsessed with marine life. I totally got her. She's trying to figure out how you go from best friend to a couple back to best friends. Her feelings for Connor are causing a riff with her girlfriends and brother. She's feeling left out and alone. I definitely remember those times. I like how Lucy dealt with a lot of the situations. I felt they were real conversations and outcomes. Nothing was perfect. Things were left unsaid. Great book for a summer night. It is not overly angsty or dramatized. Lucy brings you into her life and you just want to see her succeed. I am definitely adding The Summer After You + Me to my reread shelf.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Genuine characters, swoony romance and realistic conflicts The Summer After You and Me is my first Jennifer Salvato Doktorski book and it certainly will not be the last. The Summer After You and Me is a compelling love story about a girl dealing with the aftermath of her actions before and after a storm tears through her life. Literally, a storm. Lucy aka Luce has always had feelings for Connor, the-gorgeous-vacationer-next-door. She puts up a carefree front towards everything relating to him but deep down she's ecstatic when something happens between them. Clearly the feeling was mutual yet somehow no happy reunion awaited them after Superstorm Sandy. The story follows Luce's struggle to figure out what happened and deal with her choices afterwards. Not to forget, she's doing all that while piecing her home back together. A home she loves very very much. I so adored Luce with her slightly nerdy personality. "Love, like chemistry, has too many moving parts and unknowns." (eARC, Loc 1066). Isn't that the truth! The girl also knows her marine biology! The snippets of her thesis at the beginning of each chapter were simple yet so fascinating. Marine life isn't all that different from ours. Now as much as I loved Lucy's caring nature, I also wanted to give her a good shake. Her decision to hide 'that' event and her feelings for Connor snowballed into constant fighting with her brother and estrangement from her friends. "Not telling isn't a lie, but it is a betrayal." (eARC, Loc 2410). After too much drama, I'm still pleased she managed to figure that one out on her own. I'm pretty sure I have a weakness for love interests named Connor. I definitely loved the Connor in this story. He was a player with the key word being 'was'. Without a doubt, he had strong feelings for Luce and it definitely showed in his actions. He even admitted to wanting her to be 'the one'. A little premature since they weren't even in a relationship but hey, it's the thought that counts. Especially after what happened between them. At first I was really baffled by what the big deal was. Colour me surprised when Luce revealed it in one simple sentence. I found myself going 'ohhhh, yep, there it is". I love the way the flashbacks were done to lead up to that point. One thing I didn't expect from the story was the love triangle. It threw me off however, I could see why it was present. Sometimes things out of our control happen and under those circumstances, I think Luce handled it rather well. Nearing the end of the book, I found myself thinking the story could've ended by now but it kept going. It doesn't really bother me just that I had that particular feeling at one point. The ending was perfect though so I wouldn't trade it for anything else. With genuine characters, swoony romance, realistic conflicts, what's not to love about The Summer After You and Me? Just go read it already! I'm off to go catch up on Jennifer's previous works~
Date published: 2015-05-12