Brandi's Best Book of 2015: The Summer Remains by Seth King

Publication date: February 14th 2015
Series: The Summer Remains #1
Rating: 5 stars

Official blurb:

Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.
As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app - and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.

Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.

Favorite/Best book of 2015

I chose The Summer Remains by Seth King for many reasons. One of those reasons are, when I was looking through my list of read books for the year, this one is the one that stood out to me the most. Even as I looked at more books, The Summer Remains was the one that lingered on my mind. That’s how you know a book is a great read. This one will forever stay with me for a long time.

Original Review:

When I first started The Summer Remains, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I jumped head first, and once I was in, there was no stopping it or me. This was my first book I have ever read from Seth, and I couldn’t wait to see how this book would go. But, let me tell you, this book will make you do some of the many.

It will make you think long and hard about your life, and the people around you. It will make you question somethings you have done or have seen done to others. It will give you some laughter, that warm fuzzy feeling when something makes you happy, but most of all, it will make you wish things could be different.

Now, I loved this book. Absolutely 100% glad I picked this up and gave it a chance. Was I heartbroken at the ending…yes. Did I learn a valuable lesson from this…yes. This book has so many things that are true in life and I couldn’t help to agree with everything. It was crazy to me how much social media runs our lives, and how true it really is.

Summer is one of those characters that you wished wasn’t just a character. Her story is epic. She wasn’t one the type of person who wanted you to feel sorry for her or treat her any differently. She is just a girl looking for love. Cooper is the same. He has some troubling things that happened to him, but when he meets Summer, she changes him just like everyone else Summer met. Their love was just as epic and moving as the entire book. One that I know will stay with me for a long time.

I know this book has some heartbreaking things in there. I know a lot of people wouldn’t want to read it, but you have to give it a chance. There is so much more in this read than just love, and loss. This was a great read, one that I would re-read again someday. Highly recommend picking this book up and giving it a try! Awesome job Seth. I am still blown away by your words. 


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