Saturday, May 18, 2013

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

How My Summer Went Up in Flames
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How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

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…

My Thoughts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There are so many romantic entanglements in the making in this one, and in the mean time, I wanted to shake some sense into her! But her being on the trip to begin with was that, wasn’t it? It’s her family shaking her up. Distance, they said... but it’s more like them wanting her to open her eyes to what’s what. I liked the possibilities that that opened up.

It’s not the absent father or mother types in this one because they’re a hundred percent involved… and yet still: here we have a girl who acts, or more apt, reacts all the time. Rose is passionate and impulsive; it all these things that made her tense situation a crazier one. Thus, the road trip. And I love road trip books, too. Except I was left wanting a bit more of her learning about herself and less about her learning about these boys she’d found herself on the road with… which is precisely what happens!

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed each moment of her ‘my boying’ them all. Because in the process of learning more about them, she saw that there’s more to her world than her ex. And things could get fun and sweet and then frustrating, but gosh! I wish it was less about her and the guy she was with.. (or not with) and more about something bigger. My complaints on romantic possibilities notwithstanding, Matty is a sweety, Spencer more so… but Logan? He’s the tough mysterious type… who’s sort of-kind of mean, but pulled the girl in because of the same.

Over all this was just an OK read. I just wanted some more out of it.

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  1. Woah that was totally different than how I thought the book would be. I thought it would be more badass with a bit of sweetness, but, hey, great review. I think I'm still going to pick it up.

  2. hi Kandee! thanks for the post :) I feel for this like I feel for a lot of the YA contemporary road trip books.. I simply want things to be more than the dude! That said, this does have a couple of cute moments. :)