When Summer Ends: An insanely sweet book that is just too cute to put down!

When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington book cover
Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he's losing his vision at seventeen? Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before…

Non-Spoiler Review

I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have so much love for this book I can't contain it. Honestly, I really just want to talk about how much I love this book in a million different ways, but I'm sure you would get totally tired of it by the 20th reason. Seriously though, this book was amazing. It blew me away. I read it in 2 sittings, and it was really hard for me to not just stay up all night and read it. This book had everything you need for a perfect contemporary. 

Our POV's in this book are Olivia and Aiden. Olivia lives with her aunt and has the perfect boyfriend. She has been best friends with him since they were kids, and of course, was in love with him then. In high school, she finally becomes "the girlfriend".  Oliva feels like she has a perfect life until she finds out her Aunt is moving them away her senior year for a better job, and her "perfect" relationship falls apart. She decides to make her summer full of fun and let her coin tossing guide her. 

Aiden is the all-star pitcher for his high school team. He is super popular in school and is an all-around nice guy. When he finds out he is starting to lose his vision, everything he thought he wanted to do changes. He has to quit the team but doesn't want to tell them why. The rumor mill starts, but he doesn't really care. He decides over the summer to find out who he is without baseball. But of course, he ends up working all summer with Olivia, which he thinks is going to ruin his whole summer. 

Once Oliva and Aiden's story intertwines you will fall in love with these 2 so quickly if you already haven't. I pretty much fell in love with these characters from the beginning. If you are a fan of any of Kasie West's books you will most definitely love this book. Jessica, like Kasie, has a way of writing this super predictable book with so many little surprises sprinkled in. She writes characters that you can't help but love and can easily connect with them. I laughed so much in this book, but I also cried my eyes out a few times. 

I highly recommend this book! There is no way you won't love it as much as I do.  I cannot wait to read Jessica's other book, and I am so excited for more to come. She will definitely be on my auto-buy list! 


Character Love 

Oliva ~ I really enjoyed Olivia as one of the POVs. She seems to have everything she wants, and everything figured out, but I love her character development throughout the book. She grows so much in one summer. I thought she was super fun and so lovable. 

Aiden ~ I loved Aiden right away. I feel like there was so much growth in his character as well. He had so much going on in his life, but I feel like he was handling it just fine. I was glad that he was our other POV. 

Zander ~ Honestly, I didn't like Zander from the start. He seemed pretty jerky in Olivia's POV and in Aiden's. 

Emma ~ I know the story was about Olivia and Aiden, but I wish we got a little more of Emma because I really liked her. She was such a great friend, and super fun. I love how she pretty much motivated Olivia


Spoilery Review


Spoilers Ahead











I seriously could not put this book down! I ate it up. This was a perfect summer contemporary. I only wish I was sitting on a beach or at the lake while reading it. This book reminded me of a Kasie West book, and that's saying a lot because I feel she is the Queen of young adult contemporaries. Anyways, on to my thoughts...

  • I immediately loved Olivia's friend Emma. Only a few chapters in and could tell that Zander was a lame. I love how Emma told her pretty much the same thing and told Olivia that she needed to have fun this summer. 
  • I liked Adrian immediately as well. Wasn't too sure what his deal was, but I knew he was going to be a great character. I hated that he was going blind in one eye. 
  • The whole scene with Oliva and Adrian on the boat was too cute.
  • I couldn't believe her mom won the lottery. From what I could tell at this point, her mom was not a good mom at all. I kept wondering if her mom was going to move back into town now that she is rich. 
  • Her first day of work is the best. And the joke Ellis plays on her is hilarious. I also love that they all went out afterward to a hidden beach.
  • I really appreciated how Jessica writes. It's so cool that we leave off of one POV's part and go right into the next POV leaving off where we started. Sometimes even a few minutes earlier, to see what they were thinking at that time. 
  • They way that Adrian and Oliva's friendship/relationship is blossoming was just way too cute. Who cares about Zander, Adrian is awesome. 
  • I loved everything about them going to that ArtPrize. I felt like I was there with them. And their first kiss was perfection until it got weird afterward. Jessica's writing is so dang good. 
  • After their kiss, I couldn't figure out why he was being a butt. I kind of figured it was because he thought she was still with Zander, but that text threw me off. It seemed like that had something to do with it all. 
  • Seriously, why was Zander even texting Olivia? 
  • I was really glad that Adrian talked to Olivia about it. One thing I really liked about these characters is that they tell each other how they feel instead of bottling it up forever. I appreciate that a lot. Obviously, he waited way too long, but he still told her. 
  • Swoon, him asking her if she would go with him to do the art on the ground was sweet. I also loved how he met her mom and helped them with fixing things up, and then ate dinner with them. Her mom is growing on me. 
  • Them all camping together was the best! 
  • I thought that it was really stupid for Olivia to text Zander, even if it was a really good text. But not telling Adrian about it wasn't cool. 
  • Zander being back sucked. Even though I hated that he let slip the fact that Olivia was moving, mostly because it was him, I was glad that Adrian finally knows. She should have told Adrian a long time ago about it. Keeping something so serious from him wasn't cool at all. And when he confronted her, that was such a sad scene. 
  • Oliva going to see Zander was not a good idea. I understand though that they were best friends and she wanted to say bye, but still, not smart. And she definitely should not have gotten on that boat with him. I was nervous she was going to spill the beans about Adrian's eyesight, and I was going to be livid if she did. 
  • I was glad that she didn't, but she shouldn't have said anything. That totally sucked for Adrian to show up at the field and have everyone there. 
  • Adrian and Oliva's conversation in her room was just way too intense for me. I felt back for Adrian the whole time. I knew that she was just telling him the truth but my heart broke for him. She had to know she felt the same way about him and that he was totally worth trying to stay. 
  • I really loved that her mom gave her such good advice. I am really liking her mom, even if she sucked back in the day, she is really trying now, you can tell. 
  • Her plan to get Adrian back was perfect. She went through so much work to do it for him and I love that she did. It really showed how much he meant to her. 
  • I was so glad it worked out because they have to be together. 
  • I bawled my butt off reading the last few pages of this book. The fact that her mom bought that newspaper company was so amazing. Olivia gets to stay, and not be away from Adrian, and she can work at the paper like she originally wanted to. Plus it helps to mend her and her mother's relationship even more. What a sweet ending! 

I seriously recommend everyone to read this book. I can't say it enough!!! After you are done come back and let's chat about it!!!!!



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