Release date: This paperback bind up, US 2010
Genre: Romance, Contemporary YA
Target audience: 12+
Endless Summer is a contemporary summer romance set by a lake in the USA. It’s a romantic-comedy and was originally published as two separate novels – The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer.
Lori has lived next door to the Vader brothers all her life. She grew up wanting to be one of the boys but this year things are different. This summer she will do anything in her power to make the boys notice she’s a girl. She’s making an effort to give up her tomboy-ways and find her inner femininity. This year she will make Sean fall in love with her. She has a plan and she ropes Sean’s younger brother Adam into helping her. The course of true love never did run smoothly and this novel is no exception. It’s a funny mess that Lori winds up in but she risks heartbreak if she doesn’t work things out.
This is the third book that I’ve read by Jennifer Echols and it is by far the best. This storyline is at times a little melodramatic; however, the overall plot elements are much more plausible than say Forget You. The characterisation is also stronger in Endless Summer as it the quality of the writing. This book felt very polished and like the finished article which I think is lacking in Forget You and Going Too Far. But perhaps what is lacking in this book is the real sizzling chemistry that you find in the books I’ve just mentioned. I think this book is aimed at a slightly younger audience and it works just fine for them.
I loved the way the story all took place around the lake and over a short period of time. The landscape and the people really came to life and I felt that I could see everything in my mind’s eye. I think if you are looking for a sweet summer romance with a touch of comedy, then this is the book for you. It’s easy to read and it’s entertaining. Perfect beach reading.
Source: Books from Waterstones