Audience/Genre : Adult/Chicklit, Romance.
Publication : May 10th, 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK.
'And you still love him?'
'Every second of every minute of every hour of every day…'
While on holiday in Dorset one summer, Alice meets Joe, a guy working at the local pub. She's eighteen and on the brink of starting university, while Joe's life is seemingly going nowhere. But despite their differences, the pair fall hopelessly and desperately in love. And then summer comes to an end and they are dramatically torn apart.
Alice heads off to university in Cambridge where she gets a part-time job punting on the River Cam and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart. One day Lukas - a gorgeous golden boy from Cambridge University - spies her and it's not long before Alice falls for his charms.
Months turns into years, but then Joe comes back into Alice's life again in a way that she could never have imagined. While Alice lives her ordinary life with Lukas, she has to watch from the sidelines as Joe's life becomes evermore extraordinary. She never stopped loving him, but he's out of her reach now, surely? And what about Lukas?
In all honesty, this book probably deserves a better rating (but not more than 2.5) but I'm SO frustrated with Toon right now.
Okay okay, before you yell at me , let me tell you - I adore Paige Toon's books, I really do. Johnny Be Good is one of my all time favorites in the chicklit genre. I started reading One Perfect Summer expecting it to blow me away like Toon's books usually do. I mean, I pre-ordered it and everything! However, as you can see, that did not happen.
The writing's still got the same heart-fluttering effect and the main romantic interest is..kind of swoony but One Perfect Summer is really high on the drama scale and not in a good way. I noticed Alice's extreme, obsessive emotions at first and I thought it was a bit unhealthy but that was only until I met Lukas..he's worse. I don't understand the point of this idiotic plot, I really don't.
The parts with Joe are bittersweet and I have nothing against him because he's seriously hot (who doesn't love a troubled boy who gets his happy ending in Hollywood?) but right from when Lukas entered the story until the end, all I could think was that he was bat-shit crazy. Lukas was controlling, over-possessive and mean. YET SHE MARRIED HIM! She's probably crazier. Even when Lukas tried to do something romantic like asking Alice to move in with him, marry him or have babies with him, it seemed as if he was trying to compete with is ex. I just couldn't see his appeal.
Oh and I haven't even gotten to the worst yet.. *drumroll*
I DON'T KNOW WHO SHE REALLY ENDS UP WITH!
Sure, Toon hints at the guy but right before the Epilogue, Joe says something to Alice that made me wonder if that's how the book ended or if it was a happily ever after ending. *Sigh* One Perfect Summer has one of the most frustrating, unsatisfactory endings I have ever come read about. She did the same thing with Pictures of Lily.
Why do you put me through that every time Paige???
I realized the one thing I've disliked about all of Paige Toon's books - her female protagonists are all weak. None of them are tough and they take all kinds of crap from their guy, except maybe Daisy.
That's it, I've given up on Paige Toon. I loved Johnny Be Good but haven't read any other book of hers that even comes close.
I just found out Toon's writing a sequel (Thank You!) and I'll probably pick it up because this book left me feeling messed up and I sincerely hope the sequel makes up for it. I'm editing the review because this story's not finished yet. Nothing has changed - I still love Joe and hate Lukas - but *fingers crossed* I'm counting on the sequel to give me the answers I'm looking for.