Book Review: The Summer Remains by Seth King

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Title: The Summer Remains
Author: Seth King
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 316 pages
Rating: 5 *sobbing* stars

Synopsis
Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.

As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app – and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.

Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.

MY reviewGuest Review

What happens when you have three Latinas reviewing The Summer Remains? A bunch of crying memes and stickers throughout our personal messages. Yaya and I would like to thank Midian Sosa of SMI Book Club for reading this wonderful book with us and her beautiful words to Seth.

5 Powerful Weeping Stars All Around.

Midian:

Seth,

I must begin this letter by letting you know, I’ve never written a letter before. Ludicrous, I know.
Thing is, I never had to, I always sent postcards and that’s about it.

Anyway, I felt the need to do it this time.

I’ve read some books that have made me sad, but have stayed with me, like My Sister’s Keeper, or The Fault In Our Stars (by all that is holy, this one). Thing is, none of them made the impact The Summer Remains did, because your book, it has taken my feelings, stomped in them, picked them up and fed them back to me, through my eyes.

Your book, simply put, was beautiful. Then again, I bet you’ve heard that before, but it’s worth repeating. The story you portray in the book is amazing, heartfelt, raw, witty, and perhaps hits too close to home. I still love it.

Perhaps you think “Well, you’re not telling me something I don’t know”, but for me to love a book this much? It’s a big deal, trust me.

Seth, I don’t do feelings. At all. I’m not a cryer, humans make me either uncomfortable or mad, there is no in between. I read simply because I have an overactive imagination and books are worlds I escape to. I don’t read books to feel, yours made me feel. Maybe too much.

I wish I could hug you, in a totally non-creepy way, of course.

You made The Girl Who Had No Feelings, feel. And for that, I thank you. Just don’t do it again, I’ve felt enough to last me a lifetime.

*insert Vulcan salute*

Michelle: I do not know how to even begin this review without shedding tears. I am here at my keyboard with tears literally rolling down my eyes. I have read a few novels with male authors, and I liked them all, yet reading Seth King’s book, and he is only 25-years-old, I wish that I could just meet him right now and hug him for this book. I follow Seth on Facebook and saw the teasers leading up to this book. My sweet Yaya sent him over my way and he so graciously sent me this ARC. I love a good steamy novel, I sometimes like a little suspense, a little angst and then I like a good cry every once in awhile. Add to the fact that a young man wrote this book, and we shouldn’t judge anyone’s writing, male or female, oh the feels I had reading and still have afterwards are just all over the place. To top it off, I had to read this by myself and kept messaging Yaya and Grace that they needed to read this book!

Yaya: I’m with Michelle on not knowing how to even begin. How to express all the feelings I am having for this story. How do you even begin to forget each and every single captivating word this young author has delivered? You can’t and you won’t. To say I cried would be an understatement. I sobbed. Yes, I did. This story is very sad but besides all the sadness there is one great Heroine who moves the lives of many, including her own. *begins to cry again*

Michelle: Summer Martin Johnson, 24-years-old suffering from Esophageal Intresia for all of her life, needs a major surgery to help her save her life. And what does Summer want? She wants her one last summer to feel “normal”, “I want to fall in Love.” You will also fall in love with Summer. You will love her spirit, and no BS attitude, her stubbornness, her wit, and her cynicism “social skill of a rock garden.”. Because let’s face it, what she is facing, if you were Summer, you would be a cynic too. Little did Summer know after downloading an online dating app, she would meet the boy, or rather the man, she would eventually fall in love with. His name, Cooper Nichols.

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Yaya: As if falling in love is not a big thing. You know you’re dying and have all these health issues and scars and your whole life you’ve been sheltered but still all Summer wanted was to fall in love. How cheesy? No. Not at all. I understood why she was taught to not build hopes up for anyone. But it’s a part of being human to love. Especially when all your friends are posting their HEAs all over the media and how happy they all look in all their glorious selfies. Her humor towards how she sees things was out of this world. Even though she’s been sick her whole life, and now needs this surgery to keep living, she’s still such a strong young woman. She wants no pitty from anyone. So after the surgery talk she decides she wants to live one last unforgettable summer. Choosing an online dating app is the first steps to her new dreams. Dreams she never thought would come true and the one person who made it a possibility.

Michelle: Cooper Nichols has definitely hit not Book Husband status, and if I were 20 years younger, I would pursue the likes of Cooper Nichols lol. Connor befriends Summer, and although skeptical at first, she agrees to meet up with Cooper. You know I loved Cooper through and through, but mostly his love for Summer. He fell in love her crazy cynicism and saw past her scars. Now that right there, is true love ladies and gentlemen.

Yaya: Cooper Nichols…a True Man. Swoonful, caring, loving, strong. Mon Dieu, I can go on and on. He now sits next to my #1 Book Husband Cole Murphy. Yes, he’s that perfect. He was her light, as she was his (begins to cry again). I’m lost for words when it comes to him. The burdens and responsibilities he carried at such a young age showed the true character in Cooper. Because I’m all honesty not many young men would tough such situations out.

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Overall Thoughts:
Michelle: Ok I am not going to continue to write what the book is about, if you have read my Goodreads status and my Facebook status, you already know, you MUST and I cannot stress it enough, MUST read this book. I will say this, after reading this book, I personally messaged Seth and thanked him for letting me read this book. It made me think of my mother and how much I miss her. And not to sound cliché, but I can see this book in the big screen. My sweet Yaya will be adding her thoughts. The messages between her, Midian and myself were priceless.

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Yaya: Are you going to hurt after reading The Summer Remains? Yes you will and I hope it brands itself in your hearts like it has with mine. It’s left an impression in me and I will keep these characters forever in my heart. Because to me this story was not all about the hurt and crying, it’s how strong these characters are and how they changed the world around them even if it was their own little world. How Love Conquers All. I look forward to reading more of this great young male author. Happy Readings.

– Michelle, YaYa and Midian

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review
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