The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

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The Summer My Life Began

Author: Shannon Greenland

Release Date: May 10, 2012

Publisher: Speak

Summary (Goodreads):
Elizabeth Margaret--better known as Em--has always known what her life would contain: an internship at her father's firm, a degree from Harvard, and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is, it's not what she wants. So when she gets the opportunity to get away and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em learns that her family has some pretty significant secrets. And then there's Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can't resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels that for the first time ever, she is really living life on her own terms.

My Thoughts:

This book started out with Em talking about her life. About how Ivy League colleges and professions of Medicine or Law were expected. Em was going to go to school and become a lawyer like her father and work at the same law firm as her father. During the summer (her last summer before college), it was decided that she would intern at her father's law firm. Em thought this was fine. She didn't have any second thoughts about it. That is, until her Aunt Tilly sent her an email asking Em to visit with her at her Bed & Breakfast, The Pepper House, in Outer Banks, North Carolina. Em suddenly had a choice as to what she would doby herself.

This book seemed okay from the start. I saw it on Goodreads, so I decided 'Why not read it?'.

The beginning of this was okay. It seemed kind of cliched and where you could figure out what would eventually happen. Especially in the romance department, where Cade was pitted against a nice-boy, Jeremy, you already knew that Cade would win out (not that it was a competition).

It was a mystery for me with why Aunt Tilly and the rest of Em's family didn't really like each other. The ending was a twist, though. I mean (no spoiler), who would've thought? But I guess that the answer did tie everything neatly in place.

I was okay with this book because it didn't really seem real; like this wasn't/ couldn't be real conversations because some things the characters said and the ways they talked just seemed too... stiff to be real teenagers and family. 

And so, this book got a three.

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23 July, 2012 delete

Thanks for taking the time to read The Summer My Life Began. :-)


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