When choosing June’s book of the month we decided to choose a fun summer read that would be perfect for the warm weather. Unfortunately, we live in Scotland so we don’t actually have warm weather, and our summers consist of non stop rain. Still, we were committed to picking the perfect summer book, and decided to go with One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon.
The description of One Perfect Summer from Goodreads:
While on holiday in Dorset one summer, Alice meets Joe, a guy working at the local pub. She’s eighteen and on the brink of starting university, while Joe’s life is seemingly going nowhere. But despite their differences, the pair fall hopelessly and desperately in love. And then summer comes to an end and they are dramatically torn apart. Alice heads off to university in Cambridge where she gets a part-time job punting on the River Cam and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart. One day Lukas – a gorgeous golden boy from Cambridge University – spies her and it’s not long before Alice falls for his charms. Months turns into years, but then Joe comes back into Alice’s life again in a way that she could never have imagined. While Alice lives her ordinary life with Lukas, she has to watch from the sidelines as Joe’s life becomes evermore extraordinary. She never stopped loving him, but he’s out of her reach now, surely? And what about Lukas?
Kayleigh actually bought me this for my birthday back in February, and I’ve been waiting for a chance to read it. I’ve read two Paige Toon books before – one I loved and one I thought was okay – and enjoyed her writing. Her books tend to be very light-hearted and easy to read.
My first impression is that I’m going to enjoy the book, but I feel like I may end up frustrated with Alice and Joe. I love a good love triangle – but only when it’s done right. I hate being told who I should root for in a book, and from the blurb, it does sound like we’re meant to be Team Joe from the start. I think a love triangle only works when there are reasons to root for both person, and when you don’t know what the result of it will be. It’s just frustrating reading a book when you know how it’s going to finish from the very start. I’m hoping there will be some surprises in store! In one of the other Paige Toon books I read, there was a huge twist that I loved, so I’m optimistic that I’ll be proved wrong.
I’m currently reading something else right now, but I plan on getting started on this asap. As usual, please feel free to read along with me, and check back at the end of the month for our discussion on One Perfect Summer!