The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 16th August 2016
The Summer Before Forever by Melissa ChambersThe Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers
Series: Before Forever, #1
on August 22nd 2016
Pages: 261
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three-stars

Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.
Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.
Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s...inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.
But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again...

Getting into a frame of mind to read New Adult/Young Adult can be difficult especially after going at very adult books that don’t hold back, well, anything.

But Melissa Chambers makes this transition easy, delivering a coming-of-age book – as the Teen/YA ones typically are – without shying away from the issues of sex, school and identity that these hormonal people live and face. I liked that we got a story that was more than simply a crush or a forbidden relationship or meaningless hook-ups, and that her lead characters do face problems that go beyond whose bikini is skimpier or whose muscles are larger. And it’s a layered interpretation of a summer that changed everything that Chamber writes about so sensitively – which makes me think this is a series to watch out for.

three-stars

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