Someone Else’s Summer | Review

Oh it feels good to be back! Sort of. The being back part I mean, not the feeling good part. It feels definitely good, but I am not exactly back. Last week I scheduled some posts and almost wrote nothing during the week, so you probably didn’t even notice. But because of school and exams I am a very stressful being, and have almost no time left to do anything beside school. But today I gave myself the day off, I needed to relax for a bit, so I went out shopping with my mom and little sister and got these super cute pajamas (I’m in love 😍) . Other news, I got a new housemate! She’s really nice and I hope to get to know her better in the future. Next week I got exams, but I have all weekend to study (more specifically die and cry), so I thought I could give myself the evening off as well to do some blogging, because I’ve missed it. Only after a week..


Okay, enough rambling about my life, let’s get to the topic of this blog post. Someone Else’s Summer is a lovely summer book (which I read in autumn, because that makes sense of course) by Rachel Bateman. Does anyone know if there is someone or something well-known called Bateman? That name sounds so familiar but I can’t figure out why…

Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. S30285632o 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 ever—which 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 Cameron—the boy next door—who knew that Storm’s dream summer would eventually lead to Anna’s own self-discovery?

Things I loved about Someone Else’s Summer:

  • Even though I read it in autumn, it has a very summer-feel to it. Therefore it makes it the perfect summer read! It just makes you want to go on road trips and explore and eat ice-cream on the beach.
  • It’s a love story but it’s also about grief, Anna’s sister just died in a car crash and Anna decides to do her weirdo sister’s list of 15 things that make the perfect summer. This list includes things like falling in love, getting a tattoo and parasailing.
  • Anna’s sister Storm (love her name btw) sounds like an awesome person and sister. I was a bit confused because in the beginning she was described as a nerd but she’s quite a daring, quirky and sweet person.

The book reminded me a lot of Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone (which I loved!), so I didn’t really like how it got the same concept. But on the other hand it does have a very different take on the list-concept. Emily (from MM’s book) is learning how to overcome her shyness, while Anna is trying to live with her sister’s death.

I read this book in a very short time, and I read about half of it in one night. It’s pretty addictive! I am giving this book ★★★☆ (3.5 stars) because it is really the type of book that’s easy to read and let’s you escape from life just for a while. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary and romance and/or Morgan Matson!

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