Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Running Press Kids
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Fiction
Recommended to: people who like adventures and stories set in summer
Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So 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 sister’s best friend Cameron—the boy next door—who knew that Storm’s dream summer would eventually lead to Anna’s own self-discovery?
This book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I honestly enjoyed this book a lot. It was the kind of book that if I could, I would definitely finish it in one sitting.
For years, Anna has been living in her sister’s footsteps. She followed her everywhere, did what she did, and basically saw her as a role model. But suddenly she’s gone and Anna had nothing left but herself. There’s no one to guide her, no footsteps to follow, no person to look up to. Then she finds the list and holds on to it like a lifeline.
“And in leaving the list, maybe she left us a way to figure out how to live without her.”
Completing the list was Anna’s road to self-discovery. I loved how with each new challenge, she was able to discover something within herself. I also liked how the lists were numbered but they didn’t go through it in that order. There’s a certain beauty in how each one came spontaneously, with one item transitioning smoothly on to the next.
This was a very fun and highly amusing read. I loved Anna and I loved Cameron. And although most of the book involved both of them, I also liked the other characters, especially Aunt Morgan. She was the coolest among them.
The romance was also handled very nicely and unfolded at the right moment. I’m not going to go into the details (it’s for you to discover) but Cameron explained it well.
“I don’t think it’s possible to put a timeline to love. Once it’s there, it’s like there’s never been anything else.”
Reading this book, I felt like I was part of their adventure and at the same time, making me want to start my own.
Although the plot was simple, there are certain bits and pieces that stood out. There was also a revelation near the end that I did not suspect at the beginning. The ending was perfect, just the right kind without being too cheesy. It also had something a little unexpected and sweet.
I gave this 4 stars because it was near perfect but had something lacking. The plot didn’t have the oomph factor that would make this unforgettable and some events happened that made me question if it’s really necessary to include them or if they are just there to make the story seem normal, much like the life of an average teen.
Overall, this is a great read. If you want something light but totally enjoyable and with the right amount of swoon, this book is for you.