Summer is a literary genre: I think during this time it’s better to read crime novels and easy and nice novels, it’s too hot to think about the meaning of dramatic and meaningful novel.
In the following my opinion about two ya novels, nothing too much dramatic, a couple of love stories to survive the long hot summer.
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Do not mistake me: these are not masterpieces, but are useful to spend a couple of hours in relax.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The novel presents a comparison between two different families: the Reed, a single mother who loves to clean with two adolescent girls, the older more rebel the younger obliging; on the other side of the fence the Garrets, parents of eight children of various age, loud and messy.
Samantha Reed, who loves to observe the Garrets from her roof, will meet Jase Garret and the two will fall in love surrounded by peculiar children and troublesome friends.
The novel consists in the evolution of the love story between Sam and Jase until an event happens, providing some moral and ethical questions and making again interesting the quite recurring plot.
Lots of characters, some depicted better than other, overall a nice, relaxing novel.
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
A nice, predictable story. Maddie loves comics & other nerdy things (how it’s possible not to love them, I wonder) but is afraid of what other people will think, so she behaves the way it’s more suitable to be popular. Meeting with Logan at the comic store will change her summer.
The characters are not well described and the most of the chapters is about Maddie’s thoughts about how it’s good to be ourself (main point of the novel introduced in every possible way).
The novel is a quick read but it does not leave a lot to the reader (maybe because I’m nerd inside I don’t see why it’s so shaming being one, or more likely it’s the novel that is quite shallow).
* My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick ★★★☆☆
* The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller ★★☆☆☆
*I read this book in English