When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington
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.
I loved this adorable book! The only bad thing was reading in the winter instead of summer. It made me miss the warm weather even more. I read Jessica’s Love Songs & Other Lies and really enjoyed it, but I liked this one even more.
This book has two points of view. Aiden and Olivia. I liked both equally.
The book starts off with Olivia getting fitted for a bridesmaid dress for her boyfriend, Zander’s, sister. Olivia and Zander started off as friends and then started dating a couple years ago. His family always wanted them together and Olivia feels like they are her family, too. She lives with her aunt because her mom took off to “find herself” and she doesn’t know her dad. So Zander’s normal family makes her feel normal, too. Olivia finds out that her aunt got a job in Arizona and she may have to move away. She asks Zander if she could stay at his house and he basically breaks up with her. He doesn’t think a long distance relationship is possible. He leaves for his family’s lake home right after this.
Aiden is the star pitcher for his school. He’s only a junior, but everyone talks about him. He’s Emerson on the field. He ends up getting hit in the face after pitching a bad game that ended their season. What no one knew was that Aiden is having vision problems. Not one that can be corrected by glasses or surgery. He’s getting shots that will hopefully help, but he can’t drive and quit the baseball team. Aiden gets a job at his family’s business for the summer and wants to focus on his art.
Olivia ends up working with Aiden. She doesn’t really know him well at first, but they start spending a lot of time together. He doesn’t tell her about his vision and she doesn’t mention the break up. They start growing closer. Aiden involves her with his art and she talks to him about her writing and her family issues. But she never tells him that she might have to move. Her mom also shows up and Olivia is trying to find a way to be around her without the resentment.
Olivia and Aiden obviously fall in love. This is a summer romance book. But they do have a lot of issues to work through to make it work. I adored this relationship. I loved that Aiden felt like Aiden instead of Emerson. I loved that Olivia realized that her relationship with Zander was just comfortable, but that she was just doing everything to please him. Zander never really went out of his way the way Aiden does.
I also have to mention a couple side characters. I would read a book featuring these two. I loved them that much. Olivia’s best friend, Emma, was just fun. I loved their friendship and wish we would have seen a little more of that. Ellis is Aiden’s cousin and he also works at River Depot. I adored him, too.
The setting at River Depot was perfect for summer. I loved the hikes, bonfires, and sunsets. This book had everything I like for a perfect summer read.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher, netgalley, and Jessica for giving me a copy for review.
Have you read this yet? Do you enjoy YA romance?