Cover Love: Yes, I do love this. Romantic and sweet. Just like a summer romance should be!
Why I Wanted to Read This:
I loved My Life Next Door by this author and was excited when I heard she had written another contemporary romance. And it is set on a small coastal tourist town, my favorite setting for a summer romance read! Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.Romance?: Of course!
This was such a good story, it caught me quick and I was satisfied through most of the book. I adored Cassidy and Gwen, and was so happy to see her get over her issues to find a way back to Cassidy. But there was another aspect I enjoyed.
This book talks a lot about teenage sex. Gwen has had it and does regret some of what she has done, but not all. There is a point where I felt like part of her issues with Cassidy were low self esteem and some of that might have been from one of her escapades, but there was also a lot of other issues in her life that could've added to this. Gwen does have a bit of a reputation, but she doesn't let it define her, which I was glad to see. She does realize she is worthy of more than a bad relationship or one night stands and I was glad to see a teenage girl written this way. I think that Gwen would be a good character for many young girls to read about.
And even though Gwen has a bit of a reputation, there is no slut shaming going on in this book. And the boys around her don't see her as an easy mark, which I liked.
Gwen's cousin and her best friend, Viv and Nic, are also a couple and have been for a long time, but their sexual history is a little more special being that they are so committed to each other. I actually like seeing two different types of relationships in this book.
I do really like Cassidy and Gwen and found this to be a happy and satisfying romance!
To Sum Up: There is a lot to like and learn about with this book. I think many young teenage girls could get a lot out of this story!