When Summer Ends
By Jessica Pennington
Published April 2019 by Tor Teen
Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?
Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.
Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.
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When Summer Ends is one of those cute, lighthearted reads that make you all gooey and happy inside.
The story’s main characters are Olivia and Aiden, and we spend the book switching between both their viewpoints. At first, I was confused as to why we were reading the story from Aiden’s viewpoint, because up until then, I’d only read about Zander and Olivia.
Olivia and Zander are dating, when our story starts, but when Olivia finds out that she’s moving out of state, Zander abruptly breaks things off with her. So now she’s coming to terms with spending her senior year in an entirely new place, but the boy she’s had feelings for since junior high and was now her boyfriend, just ended things.
Aiden is Zander’s baseball teammate, and he has eye issues that cause him to get injured during a game. And because of that (and other stuff) he decides to resign from the team. He also really loves art and decides he wants to go into the art program. So when he isn’t working his summer job, he’s working on art projects
I thought this was a cute story, although the “sports guy who secretly likes art” cliche is tiring for me. Maybe this is a common thing with guys being publicly sport-oriented and secretly into art? I don’t know.
The art aspect of Aiden’s life becomes a big part of the plot of this book, as they spend a lot of time going to art festivals, and doing other various art activities.
I loved watching the romance between Aiden and Olivia develop over the course of this book. I’m totally a sucker for romance books and this one fit the bill for me as far as being a quick read and also a lighthearted type of romance.
It’s one of those books that’s easy to get into, and even though you know it’ll end well, it’s still a totally enjoyable read.