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How My Summer Went Up in Flames

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Great book

    This book is really funny and i really enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to anyone that just wamts a nice read :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

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    Crazy characters and awesome fun! This contemporary novel had a

    Crazy characters and awesome fun! This contemporary novel had a fun, unique edge, with a coming-of-age vibe that included an exciting road trip. Most books I've read have had boys as the character who have stalked someone, so it was a nice change of pace to read about a girl who did it. Does that mean I approve of stalking if it's a girl? Nope. It just added something to the appeal of the story.

    Rosie is a girl who obsessively wants her ex-boyfriend back even though he had cheated AND served a restraining order on her. To save her from making a complete psychotic ass out of herself, her parents send her on a road trip and then the fun begins.

    I had a severe love/hate reader relationship with Rosie. Just when I was starting to like her, she'd do something stupidly stalkerish and I'd end up hating her again. She was gloriously flawed, but she was funny though, and I think that's what stopped me from being turned off of her completely. She had loyal friends, even though she annoyed them at times. Her character grew during the story so I was happy with the ending.

    The stalking was kind of the theme throughout the novel and I think that was what made this book different from other contemporary novels I have read. I really liked the other characters as well. The three boys Rosie was travelling with weren't super-hot guys. Well, I guess Logan was, but the difference was he wasn't a star athlete or musician, but someone who was kind of a normal everyday type. I also liked Avery. She had such likable traits. I was a fan of hers right from the start.

    The writing style appealed to me and I thought the novel flowed really well. As I mentioned above I really enjoyed the setting and reading about places they went to on their trip. It was a quick, light read.

    I enjoyed this book, even with the frustration I felt with the main character. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys road trips and characters that are a little snarky/psycho.  

    Book review was done by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

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    booksbysteph says "Look Behind the 'Jersey Shore' Stereotyp

    booksbysteph says "Look Behind the 'Jersey Shore' Stereotype"

    The premise of this story is funny. I can relate in the sense of Murphy's Law.

    I felt the character of Rosie was stereotypical of how you think someone from Jersey should act. Maybe a little too Jersey Shore. And that makes her misunderstood. Fortunately, the three guys in the car with her can read her like a book. And each guy has a side to him that helps Rosie see inside herself.

    This is not just a journey to drop off a car, or to spend brotherly time together, or even to keep Rosie out of trouble. It goes so much deeper then that. If you focus on that theme of the book, and not the Jersey Shore outbursts, it is a fun read.

    Until next time, live life one page at a time!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    Fun and entertaining After dating for almost a year, Rosie finds

    Fun and entertaining
    After dating for almost a year, Rosie finds out her boyfriend Joey has cheated on her and she is furious.  So furious, in fact that she takes all the things he has given her and burns them in his driveway.   What she didn't count on was Joey's car catching on fire.  She goes into stalker mode to try to talk to him and make things right.  Of course, she doesn't see herself in this way, so she is shocked when the police present her with a temporary restraining order, and even more shocked when she finds out she has to go to court in a few weeks.  Matty, her neighbor who has been more like a part of the family all his life, comes up with the perfect solution.  He is going on a road trip to Arizona (they are currently in New Jersey) with his friend Spencer and Spencer's brother Logan, who is going to college there.  His suggestion is that Rosie come along with them to keep her out of trouble until her court date.  Rosie is totally opposed to his and her parents are completely for it.  Thus, the road trip commences and Rosie soon finds out she is in for the summer of her life.  

    Logan is a total hottie, but he also is a jerk and sort of mean, at least in the beginning.  Despite all this, Rosie still finds herself attracted to him, and his jerkdom may just be a cover for his own attraction to Rosie.  Spencer is 16 years old, as is Matty, and both are kind of nerds, but also wind up being so much fun.  Rosie really finds a good friend in Spencer and winds up in some precarious situations on his behalf.  Matty is like her best friend, brother, and maybe more, or maybe not, which is something that is also considered on this road trip.   They also meet Avery in Texas, who is a "friend" of Logan's and she quickly becomes a best-friend to Rosie.  

    I really enjoyed watching Rosie's character grow and change on the course of the road trip.  When she arrives back home, she is not the same Rosie that left two weeks prior.  I loved all the guys to, even Logan when I got to know him.  They were all really great and the bond they all formed on the road trip was one that they will remember for life.  There are also some really hilarious things that take place.  After her court date regarding her TRO with Joey the Jerk, Rosie, by her own choice, is ready to make retribution and ends up doing some things she would have never considered prior to the trip, and one of the guys winds up winning her heart, but which one will it be?  You'll have to read the book to find out.  I love road trip books and How My Summer Went Up in Flames was fun, entertaining, and a really great read that I totally enjoyed.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    At first I thought How My Summer Went Up In Flames was overly dr

    At first I thought How My Summer Went Up In Flames was overly dramatic...and it was at first. But the more I read I realized it was Rosie who was dramatic and the more that I continued to read it, I realized that Rosie was dramatic and not (that much) overly-dramatic.

     After her first breakup she goes a little crazy and burns a box of her ex's stuff and the fire causes damage to his car. But that karma getting back at him, right? When she tries to explain that to him, she might have disobeyed the temporary order that was in placed after the fire. She just wants to explain to him what happen. When her parents learn of the trouble has gotten herself into the put her in a car with her best friend Matty and two of his friends on a cross-country trip to Arizona. Maybe the distance is just exactly needs to gain some clarity.

    What I love most about this novel is that Rosie doesn't undergo some unrealistic transformation, I think the transformation that she experiences is realistic. I can relate to some of the revelations that she experiences. I recently looked back at some old journals of mine and although I used to think I was so mature, I really wasn't. So when I read about Rosie's experiences with her ex, my first instinct is not to roll my eyes and devalue her struggles. My first instinct is to put it in context. Although her problems seem kind of shallow, they're a really a big deal to her. 

    Distance does bring some clarity to Rosie, but she doesn't turn into a whole new person overnight. That's my favorite detail about the novel. It's that Rosie is still Rosie no matter the context, except that the people around her certainly bring out some of her stronger qualities -- both good and bad. 

    I really loved this novel and would read it again and recommend it to any friend. 

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