Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Solvato Doktorski.

Posted by Rowena at 6:00 AM

Rowena's review of How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski.

Main Character: Rosie
Love Interest: Logan (highlight to see)
Series: None
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First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

I wasn't sure what kind of story I'd be getting when I first started this book but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one.  I say that because I'm not a real big fan of characters that are crazy enough to go to their ex-boyfriend's house and burn memorabilia from their relationship that ends up burning said ex-boyfriend's cars.  But I'm glad that I stuck with this one because as much as Rosie was crazy, I came to really like her in the end.

This is another road trip book that sucked me right in and I really enjoyed the ride.  I enjoyed getting to know Rosie and I enjoyed meeting Matty, Spencer and Logan.  Man, did I enjoy getting to know Logan.  He starts off as this super bossy and super cocky jackhole but man does he grow on you as the story progresses.  By the end of the book, I was near swooning with delight over every mention of Logan.  I couldn't get enough of the guy and when I couldn't figure out who the love interest was, I was firmly in Camp Logan even though I really liked the other guy, too.

This book was a fun road trip of a book with a cast of characters that were fun, quirky and too adorable for words.  In this book, nerds rule and I ate all of that up.  I heart nerds and Spencer and Matty were definitely nerds.  There were times when I thought I would strangle Rosie but in the end, I liked her.  She was just like any other teenager with real problems and she was trying to work through them the best way that she can and I really liked the friendship that blossomed between her and the girl from Texas (who's name I'm totally blanking on).  This was a great summer read for lazy days at the beach or lazy days outside in your backyard while you tan.  Either way, this was a fun read that ended in a way that had me super happy so yeah, I definitely recommend this book.

...and that's your scoop!

This book is available from Simon Pulse. This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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nath on May 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM said...

Sounds fun, Wena! Ames got me hooked on road-trip books, so I'll have to check this one out! :)

Dj Mordia on May 18, 2013 at 2:59 AM said...

I did not find this book at my favorite online bookstore.. Suggest me from where to order books online... I wanna read this one asap.. :)

Allie Christo on May 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM said...

The premise here actually sounds really original! I'm quite intrigued at the prospect of exploring a female protragonist with a 'dark' past as it's usually always the other way round

Md. Jakaria on June 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM said...

Outstanding review~ I actually liked this details a lot more than you did. It's a bit progressively, yes, but it's such a superb read! I'm also pleased I selected this up outside of university or else I'm sure I wouldn't appreciate studying this in an outstanding creating.

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