Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Book Title: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Publish Date: March 1st, 2014
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance
Book Link: Goodreads
Pre-Order Link: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
Jolene Perry’s THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU, about a teenage girl trying to cope with her new diagnosis of type one diabetes and a teenage male veteran who is learning how to embrace his new life after losing an arm, who come together by using each other as an escape, only to discover through love and struggle that your life is what you make of it.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

When I first started reading this, I was excited. This book seemed like it was right up my very eclectic alley. And it was, for the most part. Kate and Aidan are two seemingly broken people due to circumstances beyond their control. Kate’s Diabetes type 1 diagnosis and Aidan losing his arm in Afghanistan. I was really happy to see that they didn’t just fall into bed together. Their relationship started off as a friendship first which I think is really important. Especially for a lasting relationship.

So when they finally kiss, its an adorable moment that I wanted to savor for as long as possible.It was exactly how a first kiss should be and from that moment on I was completely rooting for them. That is an awesome feeling. Their chemistry sizzled off of my Kindle.I am normally not a huge romance fan, but this was exactly what I needed to get back into the romance genre. A sweet couple with demons to overcome.

There was really two things about this book that I didn’t like. Kate didn’t tell Aidan about her illness until it was almost too late. I’m not sure why exactly but maybe I have a different take on this since I have had my own health issues since birth, and I have never felt the need to hide them.I’m not surprised at all that Aidan was so mad at her for not telling him the truth.

The second issue is that Kate only started accepting the diagnosis after Aidan yelled at her. That really drove me crazy. It’s like she needed a guy who cared about her in order for her to accept her illness.I know some people will point to character growth but I can’t. I can’t help but wonder if Aidan wasn’t around, would Kate still have had this epiphany? I’m really not sure about the answer. 

Now Aidan had some wonderful character growth. I was so proud of him by the end of the book. I may or may not have cried at the end.He had gone through hell and had come out a better person by the end of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book but there were some things that I didn’t love. I also didn’t get serious feels from this book. That’s why I am giving it only 4 stars. I will need to read some more of Jolene Perry’s work.