Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman
Review by Lauren
source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm’s summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever—which includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town. Setting out to do everything on Storm’s list along with her sisters best friend Cameron—the boy next door—who knew that Storm’s dream summer would eventually lead to Anna’s own self-discovery?
Review: I’m really glad to have been given the chance to read and review Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman. The idea of a character doing someone else’s bucket list isn’t a new concept. Granted, I haven’t really read that many books with it – apart from the summaries – so it didn’t feel outdated to me. Even if you are someone whose read this concept before, I’d still say give Someone Else’s Summer a chance. It’s obviously more than the list that Anna is determined to complete; the summer bucket list of sorts that her older sister Storm had written.Anna does her sister's summer bucket list in Someone Else's Summer. What's on yours? Click To Tweet
These summer lists are not new to Anna. Storm used to write them all the time when they were younger, but it’s been years since Anna has seen one. She’s older now, with her own friends to keep her company instead of just Storm and Cameron, the boy next door. There are definitely aspects of this story that were predictable, though I think this is pretty normal for a YA contemporary novel that has a romance included. However, I still found myself surprised by some things and eager to keep reading and seeing where this summer led Anna.
Someone Else’s Summer can certainly be an emotional read – and I wasn’t always in agreement with the things that Anna did – but I knew that I loved the heart of this story. I loved the idea of completing a lost sister’s summer list, of looking back on old memories and creating new ones, of coming to understand one’s friends and family better. I loved seeing Anna and Cameron go through Storm’s list and how they made some of them happen like get a tattoo and sleep in the dorm room of the college Storm was supposed to attend in the fall.
Finally, can I just say that I love the cover? It’s perfectly suited to the novel, but I also like that it looks like a polaroid shot – Storm always took pictures with her polaroid camera and wrote captions across the image – so Anna and Cameron do this for all of the items on the summer bucket list. It wasn’t until I edited the photo to create a polaroid border with the caption – “Be Brave” (something that makes sense when you read the book) – that I realized the cover already looks like a polaroid. Ah well, I still like how my edited version turned out! Feel free to share!