Review: The Summer of No Regrets
Author: Katherine Grace Bond
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 1 , 2012
ISBN: 1402265042 (ISBN13: 9781402265044)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Summary (From GoodReads):
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?
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond is a story about a girl named Brigitta or as her family calls her, Gitta , that lives in a small town in the state of Washington. Her world gets turned upside down when the hottie, Luke, moves next store, who also happens to loos like a famous actor Trent Yves. Gitta's family is also very unique. Gitta is home schooled and lives in a spiritual retreat with her mom and dad. Gitta's sister has just come home from university where she is a psychology major.
Gitta's life is anything but ordinary. After her grandparents passed away things have been strained between Gitta and her father. They used to be really close but now there's a wall between them. The loss of her grandmother has especially left a hole in Gitta. She is experiencing a spiritual crises of sorts. Her grandmother was a Christian who was very strong in her faith while her parents are more spiritualists and look to nature to find their faith. Gitta feels trapped in the middle not sure where she belongs or what to believe.
Gitta is also attracted to Luke who everyone believes is Trent Yves in hiding. He's mysterious and unpredictable. Gitta writes about her encounters with Luke on her blog. She has a secret obsession with celebrities. After a cougar is killed, Gitta and Luke do their best to try and take care of the cubs the cougar left behind. Spending time together forces the two to face the truth about themselves. It also forces Gitta out of her shell. She starts to do things she normally wouldn't do.
This story has a few complex issues in it. Gitta was frustrating at times. I thought she was a little naive as well but she did lead a sheltered life so it's understandable. Luke was really hot and cold for me. Gitta only liked him in the beginning because of his resemblance to Trent Yves. Other than that he didn't have a lot going on for him. He acted pleasant toward Gitta but evasive as well. It wasn't until the middle of the book until I actually started to like him. However the two didn't really spend a lot of time together. Gitta mostly had a relationship with her day dreams of Trent aka Luke. However their relationship is only a small part of the story. The story is about Gitta and dealing with her life, her loss, and the consequences that go with her actions.
The Summer of No Regrets is a good book to read. It's has many layers of depth to the story. Gitta's journey throughout the book is entertaining as well as emotional.
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