The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

Friday, May 27, 2016

Title: The Season of You & Me
Author: Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: May 10, 2016
Source: ARC from HarperCollins International

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

YAY FOR DIVERSE BOOKS! Unfortunately, I don't think The Season of You & Me is culturally/racially diverse but we get a paraplegic as one of the main characters! Disability in YA! And he's totally the love interest for our heroine. I'd take what I can get.

So it's a typical summer romance but I did know that when I started the book. But sometimes that's exactly what you need to ease out of your reading slump, am I right? Something totally predictable and easy to read? Because that's what The Season of You & Me is. And based on how The Promise of Amazing fared with me way back when, I wasn't counting on loving The Season of You & Me. So I guess that's how it actually surprised me that I actually dug it! Just not enough to get four stars, heh.

Strong points of the novel include DUAL PERSPECTIVES OH YAY! I love he-said-she-said stories so SO much and it was absolutely lovely reading from both of Cass and Bryan's POVs. I think Robin Constantine did a good job on both of their voices as well. They sounded different and you get a feel that they're really two different people, not just a girl's voice and a guy's voice.

I also applaud how Robin Constantine did not only feature a paraplegic in The Season of You & Me but we actually get to read how Bryan lives his life now. In fact, Bryan's story arc was my favorite part of the novel and seeing him practice how to swim and come back to the job he always had as a camp counselor. It was inspiring without making the reader feel like you're forced to be inspired by Bryan. It's so hard to explain!

As for Cass, she went to the Jersey Shore to spend her summer away from her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her. I thought her thoughts were so realistic. She hates her ex but deep inside, she still loves her. There's a part where her ex contacted her and she kind of reverted back to old habits. It just says so much about moving on and that it's really a choice and probably the harder choice in most cases.

I didn't find The Season of You & Me romance-heavy, inspite of me saying that it's a typical summer romance. Really, we spend a lot of time on each of the main characters individual life, which I appreciated so so much. It was also a slow burn romance because Cass was deadset on moving on and not getting into a new relationship right away. Bryan liked Cass immediately but they were just friends initially. Friends with potential. However, it was not a shippy romance too so while I wanted them to be together, I was not swept along in their love.

All in all, a sweet and quick summer read! I'll definitely read more from Robin Constantine. She has always been able to write cute and readable romances.

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