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The Summer of No Regrets

The Summer of No Regrets

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by Katherine Grace Bond

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This was the summer that would change my life.

No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.

So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead–ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was


This was the summer that would change my life.

No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.

So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead–ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke—sweet, funny, caring—someone who would let me be the real me.

But which was the real him?

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""The story line immediately captured my heart "-Chelsey Lynette, Chraming Chelsey's " - Charming Chelsey's

""...the sort of book that should top your "to reads" list."- Blogger Amanda, Letters Inside Out " - Letters Inside Out

""...a delightful tale of self-discovery and of burgeoning romance."-Blogger Allison, Allison Can Read " - Allison Can Read

""The meaningful relationship that is created only makes you want more"- Blogger Katherine Grace Bond, Books With Bite " - Books With Bite

""Brigitta...was incredibly unique" Blogger Ambur, Burning Impossibly Bright " - Burning Impossibly Bright

""This is an utterly sweet, captivating book that will charm you, make you think, and maybe even make you shed a tear."- Blogger Cupcake, Cupcake's Book Cupboard " - Cupcake's Book Cupboard

""an interesting look at all that can change in the summer of a young woman's life."-YA Bibliophile" - YA Bibliophile

""...a novel of identity, true love, and the meaning of death; all told in the voice of a bright, thoughful, and passionately self-contradictory teenage girl."- Blogger Kristen, Book Talk " - Book Talk

""...fun summer read with a little bit of a serious twist...You'll laugh, you'll tear up, and you'll be on the hunt for a celebrity lookalike crush in no time"- Blogger Tara, Fiction Folio " - Fiction Folio

VOYA - Christina Miller
Sixteen-year-old Brigitta Schopenhauer lives with her vegetarian, modern-day hippy parents, and (sometimes) Mallory, her collegiate sister, at a spiritual retreat run by her parents on twenty acres in rural Kwahnesum, Washington. While her father builds an Earthship ("a completely independent globally-oriented dwelling unit made from materials indigenous to the planet"), Brigitta and her new neighbor, Luke, a movie star Trent Yves-lookalike, find romance while caring for cougar cubs. Brigitta had saved Trent from an attack by the cubs' mother, subsequently shot by an officer from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Brigitta sorely misses her grandmother, Nonni, and the comforts of her love and prayers. Since her grandparents passed away, her once-close father is distant and cold, a shaman too busy to play flute-violin duets, bring her for music lessons, teach her about Pacific Northwest history, or take her hiking. Overwhelmed by pressing questions that "her stack of religion books can't answer," Brigitta remains undecided about her own religious leanings. Her celebrity-worshipping friend Natalie is Jewish. Mallory's "religion" is psychology, and her mom believes in fairies. Brigitta desperately tries to determine whether Luke is actually Trent Ives; whether Nonni's fervent Christianity is the spiritual path for her; and whether her father is sane. The ending is a surprise and a bit revealing, but leaves several questions for the reader to ponder. Some of the events in the story are far-fetched, but suspense builds in the second half of this modern-day fairy tale. The Summer Of No Regrets will particularly appeal to fans of Christian chick lit. Reviewer: Christina Miller
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—The homeschooled daughter of a quirky family that runs a spiritual retreat center, Brigitta is an outsider in Kwahnesum, Washington, and she is on a continuing quest to find God by learning about different religions. Although she and her friend Natalie have a huge case of celebrity worship, Brigitta keeps that part of herself private. When she literally falls into the lap of her new neighbor, Luke, who is a dead ringer for the hottest teen celebrity, Trent Yves, Natalie is convinced that he really is Trent and sets out to get to know him. After Brigitta saves Luke from a cougar attack, they begin a secret relationship. The cougar is ultimately killed, leaving behind two cubs that Brigitta and Luke feed. He is unreliable and mysterious, which has Brigitta questioning whether or not he really is Trent. While some plot elements are interesting, there are too many threads, and none is developed in any significant way.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
This novel about the search for "the Great Cosmic Mystery" has too many plot elements and coincidences to throw light on the subject. Brigitta Schopenhauer is high-minded but secretly reads tabloids and writes a blog about celebrities finding faith. When her best friend Natalie spots a lookalike for bad-boy teen actor Trent Yves, Brigitta dismisses her. After all, it's not really Trent Yves, but a boy named Luke Geoffrey. She's more occupied with mourning her deceased grandparents and adjusting to the recent changes in her father's behavior, as revealed by awkward flashbacks. An unnecessary and overdramatic plot twist features a cougar that nearly attacks Luke until Brigitta chases it away; when it is shot, it leaves behind two kittens. Luke and Brigitta grow closer as they care for the kittens, culminating in an overnight road trip on which Luke kisses Brigitta. The road trip is a tipping point for more than just Luke and Brigitta's relationship. The rest of the novel unravels into a string of clichés and impulsive acts by the immature Brigitta. The implausible romance takes away from the strongest aspect of Bond's novel: Brigitta's search for something bigger than herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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chapter one

"Touch him," Natalie whispered. "Go put your hands on his shoulders."

I slid my chair back into the shadows of Earl's Country Burger Arcade. "Are you kidding?"

"No, I'm not kidding, Brigitta. Boys love it when you touch them. Don't you want him back?"

Devon sat by himself playing Darkstalkers. A curl of hair fell across his cheek, and he brushed it back, revealing a constellation of freckles. "I don't do massages," I hissed. "And I didn't come here for Devon."

It hurt to look at him: Devon, who made raspberry sandwiches for me when we were five. Devon, who knew our twenty acres better than Natalie. Devon, who won us the homeschool science fair prize in third grade for our project on animal scat (it is what you're thinking). Devon, the first friend I let in our tree house, even though my sister Mallory said, "Girls only." Devon, who started putting his arm around me last summer and saying things like, "I'd rather be with you than anyone." Devon, who now found Jazmina_of_the_Night in his stupid sci-fi/fantasy forum more interesting than me.

It was Natalie's craving for French fries that had brought us into charming downtown Kwahnesum (that's Kwa-NEE-sum, rustic Washington hamlet, population 1,054). It was supposed to be a blissful stroll through the shelves of the Dusty Cover New and Used. Just books. Quiet and reliable. No drama. No friends who betray you. No Devon.

His wiry arms flexed as he punched the buttons, concentrating the way he used to when he was helping me with a physics problem. I missed that. Natalie didn't need to know how much.

The arcade was crowded. It was midsummer hot, and we were blockaded by sweaty gaming bodies. The bottom book in my stack stuck to the table. Natalie's pile of romances was topped by Makeup Secrets: Twenty Strokes to a Great New You. She'd been giving it a try in the restroom, so now her L'Oreal Smoldering Dark Auburn curls were caught up in a silver barrette, and she'd added extra glam liner to her eyes.

I am the complete opposite of Natalie-hair: longish, blondish, straightish; eyes: non-glam; goal: to find the meaning of life. Natalie wants to "ditch this two-cow town and make it big in LA." Honest to God. But she was my best friend from the time we believed our Barbies came to life at night, and if I still have a best friend, I guess it would be her.

"By the way"-Natalie sneaked a peek toward the food counter-"that new guy they have scooping ice cream? Josh Hutcherson."

On the other hand, maybe she still believed dolls came to life. It would be at least as weird as her "sightings." Natalie spotted celebrity look-alikes everywhere: Nick Jonas making lattes at Starbucks, Taylor Lautner taking tickets at the Space Needle.

"Why would Josh Hutcherson take a job here?"

Natalie rolled her eyes. "Research," she explained patiently. "Actors are always going undercover to explore some new role. And they come to the Northwest all the time."

My Hollywood education started with Natalie-since my family doesn't own a TV. When Natalie saw my pop-culture ineptitude the year I went to Kwahnesum High School, she instituted "Media Night." It had cured me of saying homeschoolish things like "What's American Idol?" and depleting her social points.

At the Darkstalkers' console, Devon leaned toward the screen, where a nearly topless succubus was fighting a pharaoh in a giant headdress.

I shifted my body away from him. Couldn't Natalie just finish her fries?

"You should totally let me do your makeup." Natalie opened her bag.

I shook my head. "My face wouldn't know what to do with makeup."

She rummaged in her lipsticks and brushes. "Just maybe a little bronzer? I could so bring out your cheekbones."

It would be so completely Natalie to try to make me over and then present me to Devon like her 4-H project. I shook my head again. "They test that stuff on defenseless bunnies-doesn't that bother you?"

Had I heard him turn? Was he staring at my back?

Natalie poked at my books. "What did you get?" She scrutinized the top title with one of her upside-down smiles. "The Complete Poems of John Donne? You're hopeless, Brigitta." She offered me a fry.

"Donne was the greatest of the metaphysical poets."

"Ooh! How exciting!" She touched the second book. "And what's that? Sound the Shofar: A High Holy Days Handbook? You're going Jewish now?"

"Mom and Dad have a kosher group staying with us at The Center. They're biking for a sustainable planet. We're one of their stops."

"Wasn't it the alien abduction victims last weekend? Why weren't you studying them?"

"‘Abductees.' And I don't consider them a religion."

For Natalie, religion is something that runs in your family-or not. If I asked her whether she likes being Jewish, she'd say it was the same as asking whether she likes having brown eyes. I can't talk to her about how I want the Great Cosmic Mystery to let me climb on its back.

I slid the books into my lap before Natalie could look closer. Fortunately, she hadn't noticed the item folded between them: the literary equivalent of fried pork rinds. Poetry and religion were not enough to redeem it. And I'd die if Devon saw it.

"You can't just become Jewish, Brigitta." Natalie licked some ketchup off her thumb. "You have to either be born Jewish or convert."

I took another French fry. (I hoped they weren't cooked in animal fat.) "I'm only reading up, okay?"

"Whatever," said Natalie. "I like it better than your Baptist phase." She peered over my head. "He's still heeere," she singsonged.

"What's he doing?" I whispered, hating myself for giving in.

Natalie patted my hand. "Sweet Brigitta." She stood up. "You'll just have to turn around, won't you?" She wiggled her eyebrows. "Do you want some ice cream?"

I shook my head. Natalie headed for Josh Hutcherson. I would so not turn around.

Devon's parents stopped homeschooling and stuck him in Kwahnesum High School in ninth grade because it had a chess club. A chess club. Why my parents decided Kwahnesum High School was a good idea after they'd carefully cultivated counterculture children, I'll never know. Mallory begged to go when she was a freshman and stayed through graduation. I lasted (barely) through one awe-inspiring year. Then I went back to the woods.

In September Devon was back at KHS and I wasn't. In October he quit chess club. And as fall moved into winter we were (I think) a couple. On Valentine's Day he gave me a card, but it didn't say "I love you" or anything. It didn't even have hearts on it. It had a picture of Arthur Schopenhauer with a quote that said, "Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training."

He never did get around to kissing me.

I shifted, ever so slightly, in my chair.

Did his head whip back to the screen? I peeked furtively. The pharaoh turned the succubus into a mummy. Had Devon fumbled the joystick? I had a rush of sympathy. I could make it easier on him. I could walk over there. I'd smile and in that smile would be Divine Forgiveness. He wouldn't have to speak. He'd take my hand, and...

Devon's cell phone rang. "Hey!" His face broke into a grin. "Nothing much." He laughed a goofy, unDevonlike laugh and leaned back in his seat. Beneath the pharaoh flashed the words, "You misbegotten spawn of a jackal! Crawl back to your hole."

"I've got all the time in the world," said Devon. "For you."

Thoughts of saintliness vanished.

Natalie zipped over with a bowl of Cherry Garcia. "I gave Josh my phone number." She shivered. "God, he's beautiful. I have a good feeling about this."

Devon closed his phone like he'd just been named Beefcake of the Year. Natalie glanced at him. "So," she said, still flushed with her own victory, "why are you still huddled over your books, Brigitta?"

Before I could run, she was beside him. "Devon!" she trilled. "Guess who's here?"

There was no way to hide.

"Brigitta Schopenhauer," he said as if I was a distant acquaintance.

"Hey." I felt wobbly. Did I have big wet spots under my arms? Why did I care?

Devon slid his phone into his pocket. "I meant to come by," he said. Was that, just maybe, regret in his eyes?

Natalie seized her matchmaking opportunity. "You should come by. Tonight. We're getting together in the tree house, and you haven't been in forever."

His irises had little gold flecks in them. He'd said he meant to come by. "Coming by" had meaning for him: it meant-

"I left my jacket the last time," he said.

I imagined strangling him with said jacket.

"There'll be pizza," said Natalie while I stood there like an idiot.

"Um, okay," said Devon. He looked caught. He pulled on his hoodie. "See you around." He beat it fast out the door.

"Huh." Natalie frowned. "Don't worry, Brigitta. He's just nervous around you. It's obvious he still likes you. We just need to-"

I didn't stick around to hear what "we" needed to do. I made for the cave in the back. No one played the '80s games. Space Invaders faced the wall, making a phone booth—sized hidey-hole. I threw myself in.

I landed, hard, in someone's lap. "Hey!" he yelled.

I jumped off him as my books hit his feet and his third life dematerialized on the screen. He sprang up, his hands in fists. "What the hell?" Clearly, I'd invaded his space.

He looked a little older than me-dark hair, scowling eyebrows. And better looking than I wanted to notice. Maybe I could dematerialize.

He bent and began gathering my books. He smelled good. He had very broad shoulders. He handed me the Donne, the Jewish festivals...

Too late, I dove for the floor. I groped for the rest in a last-ditch attempt to save my dignity, but it was useless. The boy reached under the console and retrieved the last item: the National Enquirer, flopped open to shout, "Pamela's New Boy Toy Needs Penis Implants." He slapped it on my stack with an expression of pure disgust.

He offered me a hand, but I ignored it. Fake gallantry I could do without. I straightened as loftily as possible and pitched the Enquirer into a garbage can.

The boy's scorn melted into amusement. "Who are you?"

"Never mind," I said as Natalie sailed in calling, "Brigitta!"

She stopped as soon as she saw him. "God," she said, "you look just like Trent Yves."

Maybe a hole would open up in the floor.

The boy shoved his hands in his pockets. "I'm Luke," he said.

"Did you see Trent in Rocket?" Natalie babbled. "He should win a Golden Globe, I think."

"I don't follow movies," said Luke.

"Really?" Natalie flashed her pearly whites at him. "What are you into? Music? Football?"

He smirked and looked at me. "Tabloids," he said. "Love those tabloids."

I wanted to brain him with my Donne.

He glanced at the clock. "I have to go," he said. He edged past the still-chattering Natalie.

I squeezed my books tight so my arms wouldn't shake. Natalie didn't notice. "What was that about?" she said when he was gone.

"Let's just leave." I scanned tables for my purse. Mom wanted me home. Mallory was coming back from college so she could help us with The Center for the rest of the summer.

"He's so hot," said Natalie. "God, those muscles. And the long lashes? Didn't you think he looked like Trent Yves?"

I shrugged. Trent Yves was definitely not a star I kept track of.

"What is wrong with you?" said Natalie. "Did you look at that face? That gorgeous, gorgeous face?"

I had looked at that face, and it had looked back at me, and seen-what? Poet-and-violinist Brigitta? Seeker-after-truth Brigitta? Brigitta-who-knows-the-origins-of-hundreds-of-words? No. He'd seen vapid Brigitta. Easily entertained Brigitta. Sellout Brigitta.

Meet the Author

Katherine Grace Bond often finds herself in the woods of Washington State escaping from giant cats and shadowy figures in cloaks. She is the creator of TEENWrite acting/writing workshops, where participants come as their characters. Visit www.KatherineGraceBond.com

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Summer of No Regrets 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but extremly confusing. I was confused through most of it. But other than that it was a cute story. Its not the best but pretty good.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This book is not what I expected, yet it took me by surprise. When I got this book off of netgalley, I thought I was in a summer beach romance. Nope. Not at all. Instead, it's about a movie star who is looking for peace and finds it in a small town. I loved this plot. A movie star in hiding? Unexpected love? Yes, please. I love the tag of the book. "What happen when you fall in love with a lie?" Cause that is what has happened. Brigitta runs into the new kid and friendship forms right away. I liked that they bond over simple things. Like taking care of animals. The small moments they had together without everyone around them really is what made me fall in love with the characters. The beginning of the book was slow for me. It took me till about 100 pages in to finally get into the book. I am glad that I stuck through it and finally got into the characters emotions. The emotions flowed nicely between the characters. Now, the love interest. The best part for me is the whole revealing part. I was so dying to get to that part!!! It went down as I thought it went but with so much more. There is so many emotions flowing and the search for "was this love real" that it kept me reading till the last page. The Summer Of No Regrets is a surprising and delightful romance! The meaningful relationship that is created only makes you want more. The Summer Of No Regrets is a great read!
TiffanyReads More than 1 year ago
Brigitta is a girl that I would describe as lost, she doesn't really know what she wants in life and with her grandparents' recent passing there have been a lot of changes in her life. Brigitta does her best to push through these struggles. Brigitta's best friend Natalie is obsessed with celebrities and thinks she sees them everywhere. When Brigitta gets new neighbors, a boy her age and his mother, Natalie is convinced that it is famous teen actor Trent Yves. Brigitta is not convinced and through a series of incidents that bring them closer together she is more and more convinced that Natalie is wrong. He isn't Trent, He's Luke, the boy she is slowly falling for. Everything is not as it seems though as everyone has secrets including Luke and Brigitta and as the story unfolds and the secrets unravel Brigitta will have to face hard truths and find who she really is. I really liked Brigitta a lot. She was struggling with a lot of things, her grandparents' death, religion, as well as just discovering herself. I liked how strong Brigitta was and that she stood by what she believed and always tried to do the right thing. Brigitta made a lot of mistakes but she learned from them and they made her a better and stronger person. Brigitta's relationship with her family, her mom, dad, and older sister was very interesting to watch. She was really distant with them sometimes but in the end I think she became a lot closer to her family and understood them better. Her relationship with Luke was very interesting as well, I liked how Brigitta didn't just let Luke walk all over her, she called him out when he needed it and pressed him for answers. Overall, I really liked their relationship, I thought they were pretty cute together. I really liked Luke a lot at first. He was really sweet and caring and seemed to really like Brigitta. As the story progressed though, Luke had these moments where he really became reserved and quiet and wouldn't really talk to Brigitta so that was frustrating at times. Towards the end of the book though I liked Luke again as he was really there for Brigitta and their relationship became a lot stronger. Luke has a lot of hard things in his life to deal with and I definitely had a lot of sympathy for him. I think going through what he has, he understood Brigitta really well and connected with her on a really deep level. I will admit the beginning of this book was a bit slow for me but about halfway through thing really kicked into gear and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. This book deals with a lot of important issues, the main one being religion. I thought the religion aspect was really well done. It was done in more of a thoughtful way and I didn't feel like it was trying to shove religion down our throats. What I enjoyed most in this book was the relationships. The relationship between Brigitta and her family members as well as with Luke. This book shows how important connections with the people around you are and I really liked that. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to those of you who love contemporary as well as anyone looking for a good summer read. *This review is also posted on my blog and my other social media profiles.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond is a story about a girl named Brigitta or as her family calls her, Gitta , that lives in a small town in the state of Washington. Her world gets turned upside down when the hottie, Luke, moves next store, who also happens to loos like a famous actor Trent Yves. Gitta's family is also very unique. Gitta is home schooled and lives in a spiritual retreat with her mom and dad. Gitta's sister has just come home from university where she is a psychology major. Gitta's life is anything but ordinary. After her grandparents passed away things have been strained between Gitta and her father. They used to be really close but now there's a wall between them. The loss of her grandmother has especially left a hole in Gitta. She is experiencing a spiritual crises of sorts. Her grandmother was a Christian who was very strong in her faith while her parents are more spiritualists and look to nature to find their faith. Gitta feels trapped in the middle not sure where she belongs or what to believe. Gitta is also attracted to Luke who everyone believes is Trent Yves in hiding. He's mysterious and unpredictable. Gitta writes about her encounters with Luke on her blog. She has a secret obsession with celebrities. After a cougar is killed, Gitta and Luke do their best to try and take care of the cubs the cougar left behind. Spending time together forces the two to face the truth about themselves. It also forces Gitta out of her shell. She starts to do things she normally wouldn't do. This story has a few complex issues in it. Gitta was frustrating at times. I thought she was a little naive as well but she did lead a sheltered life so it's understandable. Luke was really hot and cold for me. Gitta only liked him in the beginning because of his resemblance to Trent Yves. Other than that he didn't have a lot going on for him. He acted pleasant toward Gitta but evasive as well. It wasn't until the middle of the book until I actually started to like him. However the two didn't really spend a lot of time together. Gitta mostly had a relationship with her day dreams of Trent aka Luke. However their relationship is only a small part of the story. The story is about Gitta and dealing with her life, her loss, and the consequences that go with her actions. The Summer of No Regrets is a good book to read. It's has many layers of depth to the story. Gitta's journey throughout the book is entertaining as well as emotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book: it’s funny, thoughtful, has a really fun romance running through it, and there were definitely a couple of times that I teared up reading it. I’m not sure I would have picked it up based on the cover and title, though—a friend gave me a copy, and I was so glad that she did. I don’t particularly care for the “fluffy summer romance” genre, so from the sunset-y cover and the title I thought it sounded like another “girl decides to make some poor life choices and as a result meets a really hot guy” story. (Can you tell I don’t like this genre?) But “The Summer of No Regrets” wasn’t like that at all (my best guess? poor decision by the marketing department).  Basically, the book is about Brigitta, a 16-year-old girl who feels kind of lost. She doesn’t think anybody really -knows- her, and honestly, she’s right. With her family and her best friend, she acts like she’s this really put-together, down-to-earth kid, but in reality, she’s just keeping her inner life—and the things that have her in real turmoil—totally secret. She also has a secret fascination with celebrities, which she feels genuinely guilty about because she’s supposed to be the super smart kid who never has any shallow interests. She’s looking for some greater meaning in life (maybe because her grandparents died and her dad completely checked out emotionally and her relationship with him dissolved), but she can’t communicate that to anyone she cares about. Enter Sexy Sexy Romantic Interest Luke! Is he or is he not a movie star in hiding? Does it really matter? He’s sexy either way! In all seriousness, though, it really doesn’t matter. The point isn’t the glamour or sort of voyeuristic contact-high of celebrity, it’s: is the one person Brigitta feels she can be emotionally honest with just lying to her?  Am I making this book sound like Serious Business? It’s not. It’s a smart, romantic, FUNNY read with a lot of emotional resonance. This was one of those books that I was cracking up out loud at times reading. Brigitta has a secret blog about the spiritual lives of celebrities, which is always entertaining—there’s a truly cringeworthy fanfic Brigitta writes as a guilty pleasure one day, which will delight anyone with experience with bad teen fanfics. The Mary Sue is named “Eoindyllandra” and has violet eyes; the word “numinous” is involved. It made me very happy. Also, there are orphan cougar kittens who must be bottle-fed. Awwww…
jjk122961 More than 1 year ago
you don't have read the book, everyone who posted told the sorry.
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Since summer started, I was looking for a fun, summery book with beach, sun, and awesome girly friends and all. The Summer of No Regrets was nothing like I expected it to be. Unfortunately, there was no beach or sun or friends. At some points, I even forgot it was a summer book. The main protagonist, Brigitta, is just a normal girl with no religion. Her dad, who suddenly chooses to be a Shaman, does some awkward stuff that embarrass her at some points. She has a sister, and a mother as well. They live in this place, that I still don't get what it is. Basically a house that's all eco-friendly, all part of her father's shaman rituals I guess. Brigitta has a Jewish friend, Natalie, who really cracked me up sometimes. As well, she has a guy friend, Devon, who she had a little thing for. Apart from that, Brigitta's life was pretty normal until she met Luke. As soon as the girls bump into Luke at the library, Natalie insists that he's a look-alike of superstar Trent Yves. While Brigitta denies it, she still does think that he's a look-alike. One day, Brigitta sits in her tree house, and see's Luke in the forest sitting on a rock. She also see's a cougar a little further away from him, that's making it's way towards Luke. She shouts a warning at Luke, and the rest is history. They try attacking the cougar until it runs away. You're probably wondering why I'm saying this, but because of that cougar, the next day when her parents find out, this "animal wildlife" place shoots it. I liked that it felt realistic, because even though it's really sad, that's what they'll do to a wild animal that might hurt humans. The next day, Brigitta takes a walk in the forest with Luke, and they find two baby cougars. That's when they both decide to take care of them in return for their mother's death. It was so cute to read about something new. I also liked how their relationship developed because of something more important they're working towards. Even though it was a cute idea, I still felt that something was missing. I didn't have that feeling where I just wanted to turn from page to page. It was hard finishing the book, because there just wasn't something exciting to make me want to read more. I also wish the author didn't concentrate on Brigitta's father, or his weird rituals that I didn't understand at all, that much either. I didn't really care what religion he was or what he wanted to be, but I just felt like it was concentrated on it way more that it should have been. I also hoped that it would have that awesome jealousy between Devon and Luke like most contemporary books, but Devon just disappeared throughout the whole book, except the very end. Overall, I guess it just wasn't the book for me. It was a good contemporary book, but I just felt like it was too... blunt. I wanted more excitement, more fun, just more. It felt like it needed more spicing up. Though, like I always say, that's just my personal opinion so don't just assume that you'll feel the same way. While The Summer of No Regrets wasn't that great for me, you might love it. Give it a try, and happy reading!
SweetPeaBubbles More than 1 year ago
I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction,(as you can probably gather from all of my reviews) so I am far from being an expert. I have read some though, and out of all of them, this novel I'd have to say is the most memorable. With a really unique protagonist, and situation, I think that this book is definitely worth checking out. Reasons to Read: 1.Brigitta as a character: I think that we've all read about that girl who thinks that she's so socially awkward and weird, but she's actually really popular and everyone is just charmed by her. Brigitta is not that girl. She actually is just a painfully socially awkward girl, and while it can come off as cute sometimes, it is usually just embarrassing. She has little to no friends, just because of how weird she is. I found that this made her easier to relate to as a character, because she was very isolated people her age. She's been through a lot in her life, and after a point in this novel, you just want to give her a hug. While she did seem to get very swept away by Luke really quickly, I could kind of understand where she was coming from. I mean, a little attention from a boy after hardly having any friends? I would probably be swept away too. She's fascinated by religion, which I found to be really unique too. I tend to find that in most YA, the main characters are either all the way for it, or completely against it. Brigitta was trying to figure it all out, which religion seemed to fit her the best. 2.The Role of Religion: I really liked the way that the religion was handled in this novel. None of it was really preachy, or was forced upon the reader. While Christianity was the main religion that was pushed a bit more than the other beliefs, that was really only because Brigitta had a nostalgic, emotional tie to it because her grandparents had followed Christianity. There were so many other beliefs brought up too, other than the more mainstream religions. I found it really interesting to meet different side characters that came from different backgrounds. This book really handled religion well. 3.Luke: As soon as Luke enters the scene in this book, I was so fascinated by him. He's every other girls dream; tall, mysterious, incredibly good looking, smart. I really didn't judge Brigitta too much for getting so caught up in their relationship, because I loved Luke! I didn't mind the whole "Is-he-Trent-or-Luke" thing, either. It brought about some twists that left me guessing until the truth is finally revealed at the end. Even his character, I found to be really great, though he could be incredibly confusing at times. Overall though, Luke was amazing. I really, really liked this book. My only complaint was the whole situation with the cougar cubs. That was the only part that seemed a bit preachy to me, but it only came across that way a little bit. This book is fairly unique, is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a good contemporary novel, or if you're just stuck on what to read next. E-galley received from publisher for blog tour via Net Galley.