“It’s the end of August, my last day on the island of St Ailla.
‘I’m just going out,’ I call to Evie as I slip out of the back door, on my way to the shed to pick up my wetsuit. ‘One final swim!’
‘Keep an eye on the time, Freya,’ she calls back from the kitchen. ‘The ferry leaves at eleven.’
It’s the end of another summer and Freya is leaving St Ailla once again. After spending so many summers there she is determined to leave this year and make a new start. College is approaching and she wants to make more friends, experience more of life and have fun. At college she meets the gorgeous and super talented Gabes and forms a friendship. She is sucked into his huge family and their way of life. Everything is great until Gabes’ older brother Theo, makes it known that he has feelings for her. Freya is forced to re-evaulate things and has some tough decisions to make.
I loved the companion to this book, Breathing Underwater, last year and adored it. I loved Julia Greens writing and the stor was so good. I adored the characters and was really eager to read more! Unfortunately whilst I enjoyed Bringing the Summer if didn’t live up to its expectations and things feel a little short for me.
The story was really good and I was hooked, I wanted to know what was going to happen to Freya and where the story was going. However Freya didn’t really capture me in the same way she did last time and I found myself wanting to shake her to make her see sense. I think she came across as really younger and naïve and I didn’t like her as much in this book as I did in the first.
The boys in the story really made it worth the while. I loved Gabes so much and wanted thigns to work out between Freya and Gabes. I couldn’t stand Theo and thought he was a stuck up mess but I could see why Freya wanted to help him out. I really liked Freyas friend Miranda though and I thought nearly all of Gabes family and Freyas parents were really lovely.
I thought one of the most interesting aspects of the book was the reaction to Gabes family by Freya and how she seemed to want them rather than her own family. I think that’s something that a lot of teenagers can relate to, its one of those ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’ things – Gabes’ family was awesome but Gabes didn’t see them in the same way Freya did.
I think the two books work really well for younger teens but I didn’t think Freya acted much like a normal 16 year old in this book. She was too naïve and too careless. I think my first thought of a 21 year old kissing me at that age would be “omg what is my dad gunna say” and nothing about Theos age was really mentioned! I think the reasons for me not connecting with this book as much as I wanted are to do with my age more than the actual book and would still recommend it to the younger teen audience.
Bringing the Summer will be published on May 10th by Bloomsbury, in conjunction with new covers for Julia Green’s other Bloomsbury titles. My cop was sent to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.