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"The perfect summertime read! It's sweet, funny, and made me want to head to camp immediately."—Katie Finn, author of the Top 8 series and Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend
Posted October 12, 2014
With summer breaking’s end nearing, all of us teens are looking for something to do. For some of us (or people like me who are located too far north to be given direct sun exposure all year round) we’re trying to soak up what rays of sun we can before the season changes and school starts up again. What’s the best way to spend these lazy summer days? By reading a book set in the summertime as well!
I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect from author Jen Calonita’s, Summer State of Mind, but I did see a lot of hype for it online and naturally got curious. It wasn’t at all what I expected. Which isn’t a bad thing. Summer State of Mind was very fresh, new and unlike any of the summertime YA novels I’ve had the opportunity to read.
All that fifteen-year-old Harper McAllister can’t wait for is the summertime. This summer she should be heading out on a vacation with her best friends, lounging all day, spending all the money on their rich father’s credit cards, doing the typical things that girls like them do. Notice how I said ‘should’? That’s because when Harper’s parents receive an obscene credit-card bill from their daughter it’s bye, bye lazy summer vacay and hello to camp.
Harper is a total outsider at the camp. Nobody seems to really like her and despite her best efforts she just can’t fit in. That doesn’t deter her one bit. Then there’s Ethan whose eye she’s somehow managed to catch. With a bit of hard work and attempting thing she’s never done before, this summer might not turn out so terrible for Harper after all.
The writing in Summer State of Mind is very simplistic and paints an easy picture in the reader’s mind. It isn’t hard to tell what’s going on and the way that the novel is written makes it easy to turn pages without even noticing that you’re just zooming through the book. Summer State of Mind is a novel that is easy to get caught up in because, in spite of everything, you do want to know how Harper will turn out and if she’ll get the boy and finally accomplish all of her goals.
What first got me interested in Summer State of Mind was the fact that (like myself) Harper is only fifteen years old. No biggie. Sounds cool to be in the head of somebody my own age. I’ll admit that at first when I started the novel I definitely thought that she was a realistic teen but as the novel progressed that belief did begin to slip and falter. There are certain scenes that totally pulled off Harper acting her age, but then there were others that had me shaking my head. For people who aren’t within Harper’s own age demographic (15-18) they might not be able to relate completely, for readers who are tweens Harper’s adventures will probably be more relatable and entertaining.
Summer State of Mind is a good read. The only thing that took away from my experience was the above. Harper does a lot of things that—no matter how rich you are—are just plain dumb. Common-sense type things that just had me turned off a lot. That and the use of calling her father McDaddy which was kind of McCreepy to read.
I would recommend Summer State of Mind to any readers who are looking for a novel that is still funny, light and a quick summer read. Any readers who are in that middle grade/junior high age-group will probably have a very fun time with Summer State of Mind.
Posted July 18, 2014
Okay, collecting my thoughts... Alright, Summer State of Mind was mostly an airy, fluffy read that was great for the summer. There wasn't really any "big cliff hangers," or deep, dark, dangerous secrets in Summer State of Mind, it was just a nice relaxing summer read. It was exactly what a summer read should be.
Why it made a good summer read, was because I didn't have to immediately finish the book, I could just read it at a leisurely pace. What I mean is that especial during the summer, when I want equal parts outdoor activities and parts indoor reading, I want a book that I can put down and come back to when I want. I'm not pressed to finish it, because I want to know what happens next.
On the topic of Summer State of Mind, why does Ethan like Harper? She's bratty, self centered, and frankly annoying. The epilogue also bothered me, it showed everyone happy and joyful. But wait, didn't the last chapter before the epilogue show that too? Why repeat it, I already know that everyone is happy. I wanted the author to show what Harper did with McKenzie when she got home. For all we know, Harper could have gone back to her slightly brattier self when she got home.
Posted June 7, 2014
Posted June 29, 2014
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