Title: The Season of You and Me
Author: Robin Constantine
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Overall emotions: Annoyed, flustered
Cassidy Emmerich is reeling from a sudden, humiliating breakup. The last thing she wants to do is stick around and be reminded of her ex everywhere she goes. On impulse, she decides to spend the summer with her father and his family at their Jersey Shore bed-and-breakfast. A different scene and a new job working as a camp counselor seem like the perfect recipe for forgetting Gavin as quickly as possible—not to mention for avoiding him until he leaves for college.
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with a girl and have her put her head on your shoulder. Last year he made one false move—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. But this summer, he’s back at his camp job and is determined to reclaim his independence—and his confidence.
Cass is expecting two months of healing her broken heart.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither is expecting to fall in love.
Sometimes, covers definitely pull me in and this book is totally a cover purchase. I was looking for something to read in the YA genre that was a summer read because the last two books that I read and reviewed were a bit too much of a downer with the teacher/student relations. If you’re a fan of Jenny Han or Sarah Dessen and are still new to the YA genre, I would totally recommend this book. If your a bit older, I don’t think you would really enjoy this book. It has a really great plot, but I feel like the characters were lacking in their emotions. It was a book based mostly on telling and not showing us how they felt.
I believe we were supposed to feel bad for Bryan’s character since he was paralyzed in the legs but I didn’t really feel bad for him at all. Had the author given us a flashback of when he hurt himself and what he was like before the accident, I think that would have helped a bit more. This whole novel could have started about a week before it did, that way we could see what Cass was ‘running away’ from and see how Bryan’s life was before she showed up.
By the end of the book I felt like Bryan was a little possessive and he didn’t really have the right to be. We kept hearing both characters have inner monologue about having a random hook-up over the summer with the other, but then it never actually happens. Bryan is constantly wondering if he’ll ever be able to be intimate with a girl ever again, so we’re set up to believe we’ll find out with Cass… we never do.
I felt like Tori, Hunter and Wade were the only loveable characters in this story because they seemed genuine and real. Wade was probably my favorite! I was rooting for him to have a happy ending the whole time, even if it wasn’t with Tori.
Overall, this book left a ton of questions unanswered for me. Was Bryan ever able to have sex? How? What happened to Cass’s ex after he left? What happened with Em and her boyfriend? Why was Tori always so mean to Wade? How did Bryan actually get hurt, details?
I did breeze through this book, I always kept wanting to pick it up even though I wasn’t really enjoying it. I just wanted to hear the rest of the story. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t the best either. Best possible way for me to describe it would be a Sarah Dessen plot with not enough character development.