The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

Published April 28, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time. From Goodreads.

Now this book was quite good. I read it in one sitting. It made me smile and cry a little in it too. I loved the relationships Em had with her family and friends. I felt that she grew as a character throughout the story and not once did it get boring. Em and Gwenny’s relationship remind me of me and my little sister’s so it definitely had the relatable factor in it. Her parents and grandmother were very stiff and unrelenting in how they wanted to be viewed by society. So when she went away for the summer they still made it so she would come back and do all over duties as a daughter.

When she got to Outer Banks and lost her luggage and had to wait hours for someone to come pick her up from the small airport. Of course the person who comes and picks her up ends up being the hottie, Cade. With his surfer boy looks she automatically writes him off as a slacker. Of course she meets Domino, her Aunt Tilly and her cousin Frederick; whom she had no idea even existed until her aunt mentions him.

She gets in the groove of things, cooking with Domino, spending time with Beth, who works there and is a few years older then she is, going on a few dates with the local cutie with brains, playing chess with Frederick, and learning to surf from Cade. Of course she is trying to find out why there was a rift between her mom and her aunt and her aunt and her grandma.

Almost at the end of her visit she finds out some big secret, which I will not tell you because it is pretty HUGE. And it explains the rift. When she gets her mind in order, she decides to make huge life changes. I love that she decided what she wanted was important. Cade grew on her and eventually she realized that the wow factor was there between them. I love how she realized that looks can be deceiving.

I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars.

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