I was quite excited to see this second book of the Love Story universe published. Crash was introduced as a vibrant secondary character in This Is Not a Love Story, and now his own love story unfolds in Wild Summer.
Author: Suki Fleet
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
A novella from the Love Story Universe
At fifteen, Christopher falls in love with a boy whose life he saves. But things go wrong and four years later, he wishes he’d acted differently. His conscience begins to haunt him, and he knows he must find Summer again.
At seventeen, Summer pushes away the boy who saved him. Four years later, he is stuck in an abusive, damaging relationship. When he sees Christopher again, it’s a sign he can’t go on living like he is, but he can’t begin to see a way out.
For either boy to stand a chance at happiness, they must find each other and obliterate the wrongs of their shared past.
At 15 and 17 years of age, Christopher and Summer meet when Christopher saves Summer’s life. They form an instant bond, but their youth and inexperience interfere when the realities of life become frighteningly apparent. As quickly as their budding romance begins, it comes to an abrupt, shattering end, and the boys are lost to one another. Four years later, Christopher, now “Crash,” is still haunted by memories of the young Summer and is besieged by guilt over how things ended between them. His desperate search for Summer leads him back to the by of his youth, but dangerous obstacles and harsh realities are still a threat.
Although this story can be read as a standalone, it is the second book in the Love Story Universe by Suki Fleet and has an excellent previous installment in This Is Not a Love Story. It is not necessary to read these books in order; however, I would highly recommend it not only for its introduction of Crash’s character, but also for the pure enjoyment of Romeo and Julian’s story, which is one of the best books I have read this year.
Suki Fleet excels at immersing the reader in her characters’ world, creating an authentic, textured atmosphere where the dark dangers of reality lurk alongside the brilliance of true happiness found in love and home. Whether along a busy carriageway, basking on a sunny English beach, or hiding among the shadows of a seedy nightclub, her characters are drawn amidst the backdrop of a variety of locales, taking the reader into their world and keeping them there until the very last page. The realities of homeless youth, the foster care system, and abusive relationships ring with gritty truths and heartwarming triumphs throughout the story, reminding those of more fortunate circumstance that these kinds of situations exist and are lived daily by children who have not yet reached adulthood. As the characters work to overcome oppression and hopelessness, it becomes readily apparent how easy it is to take for granted the comforts of home and the closeness of loved ones.
The characters themselves are at the heart of the story, and Crash and Summer’s youthful passion is introduced early on, laced with all the tenderness, insecurities, and good and bad decisions that go along with it. Although I feel that the development of their relationship is a bit too rushed and somewhat lacking in foundation, I did like the use of Crash’s flashbacks to tell the story of their beautiful first discoveries of one another and the painful separation that occurred too soon. I enjoyed seeing Crash again, as he stood out as an exceptionally strong and compelling character in the previous book. Summer is an intriguing, complicated soul who has to deal with much more than anyone should, let alone someone so young, and I wanted to see more of him in present day in order to feel as connected to him as Crash does.
Suki Fleet’s talent for bringing her characters’ emotions to the page is exquisite and shines through this story like beacon, pulling at the heartstrings and garnering a passionate hope that all will be well for these boys. I highly recommend this lovely YA novella. It is a beautiful testament to the intensity of young love and how hope for happiness can still exist despite past wrongs.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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