The Summer I Wasn't Me
by Jessica Verdi
Expected Publication - April 1st 2014
ARC from Netgalley
Lexi has a secret…
Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.
You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.
The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.
My rating - 4.5 stars
I really love a contemporary book that is less cute and sweet and deals with more difficult situations, like this one. Lexi is gay, and while she's perfectly content with being gay she just lost her dad and she doesn't want to lose her super religious mom too and so she chooses to go to New Horizons summer camp, a Christian summer camp where they teach you that being gay (or SSA Same sex attraction) is a sickness or an addiction, and they teach you how to overcome it. I loved Lexi for wanting to do this for her mom, and I hated her for it, but I understand it. I loved how there were so many unique characters, you have the character who actually thinks it is wrong to be gay, the one who knows it's perfectly normal and wants to help everyone else realize it, the one who's scared of getting hurt again and so chooses to try and be straight instead, and then Lexi who doesn't understand love outside of her family and will do anything to keep the family she has left, but has to learn to be true to herself.
The characters are well developed and easy to understand, you get them which is something that I've been having a hard time finding in books recently. I felt everything Lexi felt even when I knew from the beginning that Mr. Martin was bad I still wanted to like and believe him because Lexi wanted that. I loved watching Lexi not learn to accept being gay, she already did that but learn to accept the fact that she has to be who she is no matter what other people think. It's a very emotional book, it toys with your heart strings to say the least.
All throughout the book it keeps you engaged and invested in these characters, and you want to see Lexi learn to be herself, and you want Matthew to get back to Justin and you want Carolyn to realize she doesn't need a husband to have a family and you want Daniel to realize that there is nothing wrong with being gay and you want to see these clueless counselors grow a brain and maybe get punched in the face a few times along the way!
The only reason for the half star deduction in my rating is that some of the more serious issues that came up towards the end I felt were kinda just brushed aside when they should have been handled better. Overall it's a really good book but it does kinda just skim over and brush aside some of the bigger issues.
But, I loved this book, I thought it was really thought provoking and just plain good.
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