23 Sep 2012

Book Review: Bringing the Summer by Julia Green

It’s the lazy end of summer and Freya is about to start her A levels. Her brother Joe died a year ago, but she is slowly coming to terms with his death. She is beginning to feel ready for something new – a change. And then a railway accident brings her into contact with the gorgeous Gabe. Freya is drawn not just to his blond good looks, but everything about him, including his large, shambolic, warm and loving family, which seems to Freya so different from her own.

And then Gabe’s clearly troubled older brother makes it clear he is interested in Freya – and Freya has some decisions to make about what she really wants.

Estimated Publication Date:  13th November 2012 (first published (10th May 2012)
Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher
Links:  Goodreads  /  Amazon.co.uk  /  Amazon.com 

My Review:    8 out of 10           

I have to admit that I did want to read this one when summer was still here but unfortunately I did not get around to reading it until now.  This book does live and breath the summer.  We see the main character, Freya, whose family appear to be living on eggshells after the death of Freya brother.   Freya then meets Gabe, becomes friends and is introduced to his wonderful family, including his brother.  

I have to admit that although this book was very predictable, the part that I enjoyed the most about this story was the relationships between each of the characters and watching how they progress throughout the book.  The relationship with Gabe and Freya is definitely the backbone of this story to start with and then you have the introduction of Gabe's brother who comes in and for one reason or another changes the dynamic of the relationship between Gabe and Freya.  

I would highly recommend this, especially if you like chicklit and YA chick lit books.  This is definitely a fantastic summer read or beach/pool read if you are off on holiday somewhere sunny to get away from the autumn/winter seasons....

Best wishes

Debs :-)
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