Friday, May 4

The Summer Of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond

The Summer Of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary:  The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.

As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?

My Thoughts: When I first saw this book, I thought it looked pretty interesting. I figured I’d love it. I did like it, but not near as much as I hoped I would.

We are introduced to Brigitta who is just a girl that is trying to figure out life. She is homeschooled and has a hard time connecting with other people. It doesn’t help that her parents run “The Center” and she doesn’t interact with too many people her own age. She’s also embarrassed by her parents at times.

Brigitta also just got out of a relationship with a boy named Devon. Keep in mind that her family is somewhat religious and she hasn’t even kissed a boy. So, when she falls into the lap of Luke Geoffrey she’s embarrassed and just wants to run away screaming. Not only is he a hottie but he looks like teen heartthrob Trent Yves.

She soon finds out he’s her new neighbor and he lives with his mother. One day, while Brigitta is up in her tree house, she sees Luke down below, and she watches him for a while. All of a sudden, a cougar is standing near him and she leaps down and helps him make the cougar leave.

Brigitta soon finds the cougars two baby cubs.  With Luke’s help, she takes care of them. Brigitta and Luke soon form a friendship/relationship. At times, she wonders if he’s really Trent or is he just plain old Luke who looks a lot like the actor?

I liked Brigitta and Luke’s relationship. I liked seeing her evolve around him and learn more about herself.

If you want to know more about the cougars, read this novel now.  If you want to find out more about Luke, please go pick this book up as soon as possible. Could he really be a famous actor in her tiny little town?

Overall: The Summer Of No Regrets was just alright for me. I spent most of the book wondering is he Trent or is he just Luke?  She also spent a lot of time reminiscing about her grandparents and after a while, I just wanted more of the actual story. Another important aspect is that there are a lot of religious tones in this novel so if that bugs you, you might not enjoy it as much as others will.

I liked The Summer Of No Regrets but I wish I could have enjoyed it more. It just wasn’t the perfect book for me. All in all, there are probably others who will enjoy it more than me.

This novel is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating for me.

Cover: I do love the cover. Love how they are standing near water and we can’t see their face expressions. I love how it appears dark but the water and sunset are such bright colors. 

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