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For fans of Julie Halpern and Morgan Matson comes a summer road trip story about adventure, sisters, and finding out who you truly want to be.
Anna's always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm's summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer everwhich includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town. Setting out to do everything on Storm's list along with her sisters best friend Cameronthe boy next doorwho knew that Storm's dream summer would eventually lead to Anna's own self-discovery?
|Publisher:||Running Press Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Rachel Bateman grew up with an abundance of sisters, but an unfortunate lack of boys next door. Now she lives with her geek husband and young son in the middle of Montana, entirely too far from the ocean. When she's not writing, you can find Rachel sewing, wrangling chickens, or secretly planning her next road trip.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"I should have known right away. That's the way it always happens in movies- there's intuition, a feeling deep in the gut. I had none of that, just a mild irritation at whoever was calling... Then my world ended with Mom's ear-breaking scream." Anna's big sister Storm dies in a car crash one night on her way home from a graduation party. This leaves Anna, her parents, and her best friend Cameron in shock, they all deal with the grief differently. The parents become super protective of Anna in order to keep anything from happening to her. While Anna just feels alone and regrets having grown apart from Storm. One day she finds a list her sister made of things to do that summer. It reminds Anna of the good times they had when they were kids. "1. Watch the sunrise 2. take pictures of everything 3. get a tattoo 4. go inside a lighthouse 5. Meet my soulmate (cross out) Fall in Love 6. go skinny dipping 7. Kiss in the rain 8. put a secret in a balloon & let it fly away 9. road trip! 10. Crash a wedding 11. Go to a dive-in movie 12. Speak in a British accent all day 13. Sleep in the UNCW dorms 14. go parasailing 15. Be brave with my life" Anna wants to do everything on the list, even if some of them don't make sense to her, and there's only one person she knows she can ask to go on this adventure with her Cameron. Cameron knew Storm better than anyone else, and because of that he also knows a secret about Storm that could ruin the whole trip. "So, he waited. He went with you on this crazy journey to work through what happened and waited to tell you the truth. Maybe he waited too long, but I can see why he did. I bet if you really think about it, you can see why, too." Overall I really enjoyed this summer road trip. Anna and Cameron made a pretty good team, most of the time. Cameron kept her on track with the list and explained things she didn't understand why we're on the list. Anna remembered the good times they all used to have together and contemplated what her future would be like, she knew she didn't just want to be a cheerleader anymore, and she wanted to find something else that she really liked and could see herself doing, but she was also afraid of what that would mean. As for the whole Cameron/Anna relationship, I saw it happening almost immediately. But I didn't really care for it, and I actually found myself getting annoyed with both of them because of it. I did understand why Cameron kept the secret from her and I don't blame him for doing so, that's a big thing to have to tell someone, especially someone you care about and know is going to be hurt by it. I am interested in reading another of Bateman's books, because her writing did make me feel like I was right there with them on the road trip.
4.5 Stars! Someone Else's Summer was an amazing and emotional novel. It had a well written plot and captivating characters. Anna's life is turned upside down when her sister, Storm dies in a car accident. She finds Storm's summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by doing everything on that list which includes taking a road trip. She sets out to do the list with her sister's best friend and the boy next door; Cameron. This was a great novel. I loved the whole bucket list idea and it was exciting to see Anna and Cameron embark on this journey together. I loved how they went to interesting places and met so many nice people. It was filled with fun adventures and self discovery. I liked Anna and Cameron a lot. Anna was brave and strong while Cameron was supportive. I also liked Aunt Morgan. She was a great and understanding aunt and more like a friend to Anna. This was the perfect summer novel and I would recommend it to fans of contemporary ya and romance!
In Someone Else's Summer, Rachel Bateman has given us a satisfying make-you-laugh, make-you-cry, coming-of-age pleasure read. It's a story of taking time to let yourself feel and figure things out. It's about loss and adventure, all at the same time, which makes it feel just right for YA. The novel opens on Anna dealing with all the awkward overwhelmingness of her sister Storm's funeral. She, Storm, and Cameron- the boy next door- used to be inseparable, until Anna's social circle expanded in high school and pulled her away from the others. Now Anna is left do deal with her sister's absence, and the only person who seems even passingly equipped to help her is Storm's best friend, Cameron. Sometimes you come across a great book at a time when you're not ready for it. This was the case with me and Someone Else's Summer; I had a busy and exhausting spring, personally and professionally. This book demands emotional availability that I just didn't have at that time, so I got no more than 20 pages in and had to put it down. I am so glad that I did- because when I recently picked it back up, I was consumed, and finished the novel (and a box of tissues) in a day. This story and these characters are extraordinarily easy to relate to, and the emotional wave was cathartic and sweet.