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Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it's not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.
Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?
Ummmm…. You know Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”?? That pretty much sums up this book. The reader is in the dark for the first half of what happened last summer, but it’s not too hard to guess what happened because our main character Lucy pretty much avoids Conner. But alas she can’t because she’s just attracted to him and his rock hard abs.
I liked the bits about Superstorm Sandy because that to me was real and something people actually lived through, but what would have made this book better was having it all happen in the past and then at the end go back to the present. Flipping back and forth was confusing and it wasn’t done well because so many times I was just like what is going on? Am I in the past or the present? And the running story-line here was there is no story. I wanted to DNF this, but I was so close to finishing it, I decided not to.
As for the characters? Oh boy it was hard to like them because let’s face it Lucy drools over Conner like a slab of meat and I don’t understand what made him so special. If he had so much personality then why didn’t he do romantic sweet gestures? I was looking for that! It was really hard to like Lucy when she ends up having a boyfriend, yet she’s basically in love with someone else. Every time she would make a decision, it was like she knew what the consequences would be, but she didn’t care and went and did it anyway. Things would have been so much better if she just accepted people’s help and apologies, she’s mad at everyone for most of the book. I disliked pretty much all the characters except maybe for Meaghan and Matteo.. The rest were just… !!!! Super frustrating. Especially her brother. Oh god.
Sadly, I didn’t like this one or the characters in it, so I’m suggesting to keep an open mind when you pick this one up.