ARC Review : The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

26116514Title : The Season of You & Me

Author : Robin Constantine

Publisher : Balzer + Bray

Release date : May 10th, 2016

Rating : 3.5/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads) :

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

Review :

Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins Children for providing me with a digital galley of this book!

Honestly, I don’t have that much to say about The Season of You and Me. It’s a typical light, sweet and fluffy read, perfect for summer. I’m going to use my expression once more: it’s a candy book. Although, for a candy book, it wasn’t as good as, say, Lola and the Boy Next Door. Constantine didn’t really make me feel anything, which is surprising, considering that this kind of books isn’t very hard to write (based on the fact that I usually like candy contemporary YA romance). It was cute, yes, sweet, but… completely forgettable.

I liked Cassidy. I really loved her relationship with her father and his new family. In this kind of situation, we usually read about angry, mistrustful families, so it was refreshing to see something like this. Cassidy is close with her half-brother, Hunter, and with Leslie, her step-mom. They treat each other like family, and it was heart-warming. However, it did feel as if Cassidy was running away to avoid Gavin, and I’m not one who likes those kinds of actions. It’s one of the reasons why I didn’t give it 5 stars.

Bryan is a stronger character, in my opinion, overcoming a much bigger difficulty than a break-up. He seemed to handle well his new situation. His relationship with Cassidy was very cute, starting from a work relationship to a romantic relationship.

I know I should be loving this book, but I just didn’t connect with the characters and the story. I wouldn’t recommend it; summer book-wise, there are much better contemporary YA romance out there. If you need any recommendations, comment below! 🙂

P.-S.: Sorry, I posted this review a little late. I meant to post it on the 10th, but another review got the place x)

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