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The Thirteen Qualities Of Robin S Perfect Man Range From The Mildly Important Handsome To The All Important Great Taste In Music After All, Westfield S Best High School Folk Musician Can T Go Out With Some Shmuck Who Only Listens To TopCrap When Hot Carter Paulson Walks In The Door Of Robin S Diner, It Looks Like The List May Have Come To Life It S Not Until The End Of The Meal That She Realizes He S Profoundly Deaf Carter Isn T Looking For A Girlfriend Especially Not A Hearing One Not That He Has Anything Against Hearing Girls, They Just Don T Speak The Same Language But When The Cute Waitress At Grape Country Dairy Makes An Effort To Talk With Him, He Takes Her Out On His Yellow Ducati Motorcycle Told In First Person Alternating Perspectives, Language, Music, And Culture Go Along For The Ride As Carter And Robin Find Their Song

10 thoughts on “Song of Summer

  1. says:

    We can probably change the title of this book to Holy Mother of Adorableness and it would still be totally appropriate My cheeks still hurt from all the smiling I just did Right off the bat, you could feel the chemistry radiating between Robin and Carter I was surprised by how well Anderson played the insta attraction card she managed to make it both sweet and realistic It was the kind of cute that will make you want to reminisce on all the guys and girls you ve crushed on before.Individually, I love how both main characters had their own support systems While she may not have had the most present parents, Robin had her co workers and friends who were very supportive of her and wanted to be happy Carter had his amazing, sweet, and very caring family I wanted to hug his parents and his sisters so hard Anderson s writing was really easy to read, and I found my heart palpitating and clenching in the perfect moments I could really feel what the author intended for the reader to feel, which earned her a spot on my Author Nice List.One of my little qualms, though, is about how this book is being marketed The synopsis makes it clear that music will play a big part of this book, but whenever Robin and Carter were together, it was just a topic that was always glossed over or put to the side It could ve made this book extra awesome, and without it, the book just lacked some depth at some points.And there s this one scene close to the end of the book where Robin tested my patience She was really quick to judge and made some stupid mistakes, but I guess that just made her of a person a bitchy person, but a person nonetheless.If you re curious, the book ended in an open ending It might not be the HEA you re looking for, but it was realistic and made me daydream about a beautiful future for our two main characters.Overall, if you re just looking for a quick contemporary read to make you smile, definitely consider picking up Song of Summer Deadly Darlings The Social Potato The Book Geek Twitter Instagram

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    2.5 StarsI really enjoyed parts Song of Summer Ms Anderson was able to stir up dreamy feelings, and at times it was as if I was under a delicious, swoony spell Unfortunately, other parts were very angsty, and a few things just didn t sit well with me.Robin s whole life revolves around music She sings and plays several instruments and working at the Grape Country Dairy diner is helping her save for a coveted guitar Even her ex boyfriend, Trent, is all about music which made his dumping of her hard to take She is still smarting over that, but that soon changes when Carter walks into the diner, and Robin goes into deep crush mode He s gorgeous and apparently smitten with Robin, too, the only drawback is Carter is deaf Still, they share an immediate and intense attraction Both Robin and Carter make attempts to fit into each other s world, but as they soon come to discover that is no easy feat Add in both Carter and Robin s past love interests showing up and causing divisions, and you have a heck of a lot to overcome.Robin s life and happiness is so wrapped up in music, that is was ironic, and at times painful that she fell so hard for a person who was unable to share that important part of her life Carter is comfortable in his life in the close knit Deaf community back home, and he thoroughly detested any who looked at him as deficient, and I can understand where he was coming from Having a hearing girlfriend was never on the agenda I really wanted to love this story I read the synopsis and fell in love with the premise, but there were just too many things that didn t work for me.Trying to get along in the hearing world seemed like trying to get by in another country where you don t speak the language It would be hard not to feel completely left out The same applied to Robin when she tried to hang out with Carter s sister, and his ex girlfriend, Jolene The awkwardness was amplified by the difference in their home base Carter is a city guy and Robin is a small town girl And, boy did Jolene jump on those insecurities I couldn t stand the drama caused by their exes so with Jolene, because Carter allowed it I was NOT okay with that at all, one instance in particular But that could just be me I am a jealous sort of person, and some things that would bug me may not bother others I m not a fan of insta love romances, but sometimes they can work Robin and Carter had really amazing chemistry at the start, so I could ve been on board had I felt the emotions to support it However, I never felt they shared their innermost thoughts in fact Robin downplayed her absolute love of music whenever she was with Carter She didn t really share just how important and vital it was to her until the end They both felt like supreme outsiders in each other s world at different times in the story, but never shared about that How can you be close, be in love with someone when you don t share what you re thinking and feeling Also, Robin flies off the handle after making an assumption, and she blocks all attempts at explanation from Carter If you love someone, you let them have the chance to explain It was completely frustrating Another big ding against this story is the open ending I know some feel that an open ending is realistic, especially in view of this being a YA, but that s not me I am definitely not a fan, even if there is a little hope left there in the end I was not thrilled with how we got so little after everything But hey, that s me, and readers who don t mind imagining their own HEA based of a little thread of hope thrown out there probably won t have an issue I like my endings nice and tightly wrapped up, realistic or not I read that the author has a Christmas novella possibly in the works I hope that s true I would like to read it for closure A copy was kindly provided by Bloomsbury Spark via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    Song of Summer is adorable, delightful and an extremely important read.The feeling when you started reading a book and you immediately know, you re going to review it with glowing stars Because, it was the cutest thing you d ever encounter It s everything you wanted and You can t get enough of it You need to finish it in one go.This is me with Song of Summer This book is the cutest I ever read and it s tremendously significant.Song of Summer is told from the alternating point of view of Robin and Carter Robin is a music nerd working as a waitress when Carter walked into the diner He s so tall and handsome as hell He s so good and he does it so well Sure, he perfectly fits, Robin s Perfect Man.But Carter isn t up for relationships Most importantly, one who doesn t speak the same language as he does But when, Robin genuinely offers him a friendship He s suddenly breathless.Together, they will see if they have a chance to experience culture, music and love together.My name is Carter Paulson I m profoundly deaf, which basically means I can t hear anything Yes, that s rare In fact, my entire family except my mom is deaf Yes, that s rare, too My dad s an architect, my mom s a stay at home and ASL interpreter My older sister is twenty she s a live representative Like you would chat with online for technical help My little sister is nine She has a CI cochlear implant , so she s practically hearing Yes, this is a weird family in the Deaf community, too My parents adopted us intentionally because they wanted to give us a good family It worked I have a great family.The characterization is fantastic Carter easily won me over He is well sculpted and endearing, who have a full grasp in his life I don t know how accurate the deaf depiction is, but Anderson provided ample of well researched details that are very easy to follow In addition, it is refreshing to see Carter have a great support system, his family They are woven into the plot as much as his character I love their adorable relationship For a book with alternating point of views, the voices of Robin and Carter have real distinction I didn t feel as if, the other narrator is spoiling too much of what s going to occur next Instead, the story finds a balance As their respective journey clash, the conflict becomes even interlaced.The relationship between our two main characters is a whirlwind kind of set up Anderson explored it realistically She captured the teenage fumbling, the awkwardness, the hesitation that gradually transforms into familiarity and comfort My favorites They are mutually pinning for each other.For me, it has always been refreshing to read a YA book where the story actually included the moments after the two characters get together You get to see them navigate their relationship, the starry eyed stage, whimsical notes, and the fireflies.Of course, everything cannot stay perfect forever.This book ended with an open note I wanted to be precise about this part Especially, because I was conned thinking it s a Happily Ever After book and I felt extremely cheated In addition to that, I also explain why I rated it less star below Be wary of quotes and spoilers.I don t how would I phrase this, but I will try.Robin could not make peace her deaf boyfriend will never hear her music because he chose not to I just want us to sing, she writes With millions For eternity Like it says in the song, you know I want us both to sing She holds the pen out, her eyes begging me to answer Finally, I take the pen and write back What if my version of heaven doesn t include singing But it can she scrawls, writing so fast I can barely read it If Heaven is a place where everything is perfect, then you can hear and we can sing And there it is Plainly stated There are no deaf people in her perfect world.I m here for unlikable heroines, the one who makes selfish choices We are human after all, but this particular scene doesn t settle down with me Robin was delirious, upon learning Carter wasn t affront that he undergo to have a cochlear implant before She was beyond enrage, he didn t try to use it for her She didn t even let him explain his side of the story She made his disability about herself.I m perfectly fine about them not ending up together, but not in this particular means The author could ve fixed it by letting them both talk to each other or have another conflict that doesn t have to do with Eliott s personal choice not to use his cochlear implant All I wanted is for Robin to see that, it s not about her It is about him.Despite my distaste about this particular plot device, I still think that doesn t thwart the well crafted depiction Anderson made.Everything about the disability representation hit me at heart, except for that part Aside from that reason, Song of Summer is still a book I would heartily recommend to readers who are looking for an enjoying read Bonus diversity, and a remarkable hot male narrator.Review also posted at Hollywood News Source.

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    This review is also posted at Her Book Thoughts This book is so hard to rate The blurb suggests that it has all the makings of a favorite novel for me cute summer read, first loves between two different people, music , and a deaf MC Song of Summer has an interesting premise one that I was so excited to delve into The beginning itself was very promising I even shipped Robin and Carter right from the start THE FEELS WERE ON POINT, GUYS So, what the hell happened Well, after all the cutesy start and first love vibes, of course it had to be there DRAMA UNNECESSARY DRAMA, I might add Now, I usually don t mind some drama to keep my blood boiling especially if it s really needed for the flow of the story The drama between the exes Pfft, I could easily forgive that What I couldn t stand AT ALL was Robin s outburst and reaction to Carter s not telling her the truth about his hearing situation which was totally out of line SPOILERS BELOW READ AT YOUR OWN RISK NOT HIDING THESE AT ALL BECAUSE I REALLY WANT YOU GUYS TO READ IT HA Robin loves music than life itself Music is everything for her She lives and breathes music But what happens now that the person and probably the only one who can make her love anything than music, couldn t hear and appreciate the thing she loves the most Carter has been deaf since birth Having tried CI cochlear implant before and not liking it, he has decided not to go through with it at all So when Robin found out that Carter could actually listen if he wanted to, she overreacted This is the part that I hated the most How can she claim to love Carter if she didn t even give him the chance to try to explain his side at all What s up with the cutting all ties with him blocking him on e mail, Instagram seriously , everything What s up with jumping to conclusions when she knew no shit about what it s like to be deaf Dude Get over yourself Your boyfriend is deaf Just because you re learning ASL for him doesn t mean you know everything about what it s like to be one Smh Okay, now to the other part that annoyed me That ending Honestly, I felt cheated I love open endings since they open way possibility for the story but what the hell was with this one s ending anyway What s up with all the build up and then making it end like that It was so underwhelming and rushed, I could cry just thinking about it again.Overall, I still liked the book and shipped Robin and Carter hard before any of the drama happened I also want to applaud the author for making Carter s situation very believable Carter s deafness didn t come out as a stupid plot device to me It seemed genuine, you know I don t even know if that makes sense but I guess what I m trying to say is that the author has really done her research and I greatly appreciate that That alone warrants this book a solid star So even though I ve had some uncertainties, I m still giving this book 3 stars.

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    3.5 stars THIS COVER I m so drawn to these gorgeous covers Jenny really outdid herself with this one it s so adorable, I can t contain my love for it.Robin eats, sleeps and breathes music It s her whole life She always thought the Number 1 thing a boyfriend of hers needed was a similar love of music Little does she know that she s going to meet a tall, dark and handsome guy, who wanders into her diner riding on a gorgeous yellow Ducate, that gives her butterflies with his smiles, who also happens to be deaf, and therefore unable to enjoy her love of music.I would describe this story as a cute YA romance with some serious aspects as well I don t want to give too much away, so I ll keep this review pretty vague Let s just say Carter, who had no interest in dating a hearing girl, and Robin, whose love of music controlled her entire life, find themselves in a relationship together that they never expected, and they both must learn the right level of give and take to make this relationship work.I definitely thought parts of this story were really great, then others got on my nerves a bit I enjoyed the parental involvement in this story, as we don t get to see that nearly enough in YA, and I liked how welcoming they each were to their children dating someone different than them But I have to say, some of the things they said, mostly Robin s mother, got on my nerves a bit, view spoiler especially the Oh, the deaf boy which was said MANY times in this story Yes, he s deaf, we get it but he also has a name, and it would have been nice if they called him that instead I understand her naive behavior happens often than we realize, but it s very disrespectful and got on my nerves hide spoiler

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    Robin is a talented, passionate high school musician, working at the Grape County Dairy diner during summer break to save money towards a new guitar Smarting a bit from being dumped by musician hottie, Trent, Robin makes a list detailing the Perfect Man and determines to wait for him while focusing on her music Then, Carter Paulson walks in the door of the diner one sunny afternoon Carter is gorgeous and has eyes that sparkle with good humor and mystery, qualities that quickly move him up on Robin s list Then, she discovers that Carter is profoundly deaf Using a pad of paper and a pen, Robin attempts to communicate with Carter, surprising them both in the process When he returns to the diner and asks her on a date, Robin says yes, thus sparking a summer of romance and adventure I was excited to receive an eARC of Song of Summer from the publisher It promised romance, a focus on music, and best of all, a deaf main character I am a CODA Child of Deaf Adults myself, raised by two deaf parents, so I am intimately familiar with deaf culture, how the deaf community perceives the hearing world, and how the world perceives the deaf community in return I had cautiously high hopes that all of these things would be handled with a deft, gentle hand, and for the most part, they were Where the book excelled was in offering a sweet, summertime romance, portrayal of solid family units, and a peek into the mind of someone whose soul is steeped in music Where the book disappointed was lack of character depth, inconsistencies in character behavior and knowledge, and the rather abrupt, unsatisfying way the book ended Caution There may be some spoilers within the review below.Despite their differences, Robin and Carter both make an attempt to fit into each other s world Robin s life revolves around music, singing, and performing at the local church Carter is part of a close knit family, most of whom are deaf, as well as a deaf community in New York When he s with hearing people, he is often left out of conversations, and so he is most comfortable with those like him It s sadly ironic that Robin and Carter fall for each other, when their differences are so inherent and almost impossible to overcome The romance between the two teens was sweet and swoony, but did feel a little rushed On one hand, it seemed natural to me that Carter would fall quickly for a cute, vibrant girl who took the time to learn sign language and make him part of her world On the other hand, neither teen really shared their innermost selves with each other Robin was crazy about music, yet downplayed her passion when Carter was around almost to the very end Carter never talked about his failed Cochlear Implant CI surgery, or about how left out he often felt with hearing people Yet, they felt comfortable enough with their feelings to declare their love for each other.Robin, for her part, embraced Carter s deafness in stride, and taught herself some sign language by watching videos at home and picking up on various signs while communicating with Carter and his family This is where I found some inconsistencies in character behavior and knowledge Sometimes, Robin could sign whole sentences, which would be rather complicated for someone who had only been learning for a month other times, she would use her pad of paper and pen for a simple three word reply My dad was a professor of American Sign Language for many years, and it took his students much longer than a month to learn to string together sentence after sentence in a competent manner While it wasn t entirely realistic, Robin s eagerness to learn and use sign language was encouraging, and indicative of her big heart There were some interesting moments where, while hanging out with Robin and her friends, Carter was left out of conversations This is a common issue for those in the deaf community If someone makes a comment that they don t catch, when they inquire as to what was said, they re usually brushed off with a, Oh, nothing, or Never mind Imagine how frustrating that must be Robin, on the other hand, dealt with some guilt in wanting Carter to be able to hear, convinced that if he could, he would finally get why music is so important to her Neither of them were wrong in wanting the other to be able to share the most important part of their lives, but their immaturity did shine through in their inability to communicate the importance of these things to the other person When something happens in the last quarter of the book that causes Robin to think Carter has been hiding something important from her, she completely loses her cool She throws a temper tantrum at a church, no less , tells him that he s a liar and a fraud, and to never see or speak to her again She doesn t give him a chance to explain, nor does she stop to reason with herself as to what actually happened This particular scene made me rather angry, because Robin was clearly smart enough to have figured out things on her own, and frankly, she should have Carter had every right to be angry with Robin, yet he s the one who later feels sorry about what happened This leads me to the end of the book I don t necessarily require closure or a happily ever after, but the final scene felt rushed and left me unsatisfied Some have speculated that there will be a follow up book to Song of Summer I might be curious to read it if indeed there is one I m curious to know what Robin feels she has learned through her mistakes, and whether or not she will do the right thing in regard to Carter Overall, Song of Summer was an easy read, perfect for a sunny, summer day While the romance aspect makes brings a lighter aspect to the story, it also offers a thought provoking look into the life of someone who is hearing impaired, and the difficulties they experience in attempting to navigate a world that caters to those who can hear I wish there were books that featured deaf characters, and I applaud Laura Lee Anderson for her efforts I suggest you give this book a try, dear readers, and please do come back to share your thoughts with me Disclaimer I received an e ARC of this publication in exchange for an honest review The opinions expressed in this review are my own.Find reviews at my book review blog,

  7. says:

    This is a super quick and cute romance story, I was able to read it in an afternoon I really enjoyed the representation of having a main character who is deaf and being able to read from a different point of view but I just hate open endings so I had to lower my rating.

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    I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was an excellent book It s a 4.5 because Robin really annoyed me a few times, but I rounded up I had to The story is told in alternating points of view from Robin, a young musician, and Carter, a profoundly deaf, motorcycle loving guy They are from two different worlds but somehow have a deep connection There story is so cute, sad, and hopeful The characters and story are well written and thought out Carter s life and differences from Robin as a hearing person are well presented This is just a really solid read Particularly if you love sign language even though there is obviously not much actual signing Full review will be up on my blog July 7th

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    Okay, so I really enjoyed this one It grabbed me immediately and I found myself loving the cuteness of the story Sometimes you don t need crazy moments to love a story Carter and Robin were adorable from the start I was thankful we got both points of view, because I enjoy getting to know how each person thinks and reacts to the things that happen to them I m not gonna lie, there is a ton of angst in this book and some foreseen drama , but that made it enjoyable for me.Carter is just wow Like, the perfect guy you meet over the summer and struggle to leave The one you want to keep forever I liked Robin for the most part She is flawed, and human I just found some of her decisions to be selfish at times The story flows smoothly and quickly I think I read it in a matter of hours that s how compelling it is ButI do have some issues The love thing blindsided me I mean, I wasn t expecting the early declarations, so it felt a bit like insta love However, I did see Robin and Carter s chemistry from the start, so it s believable Especially when you consider their ages, AND, their personalities They re both mature for their age and yeah, the connection was obvious But they hadn t really shared important parts of their lives I think that s why I was so taken aback Robin s music obsession Yes, I get it Sort of It fulfills you, you love it, yadda yadda yadda But when you re in a relationship, when you re committed to someone, you don t expect them to make changes if you re unwilling to do the same Being deaf isn t like hating sports You can t watch to make your SO happy It s part of his life And the fact that she was so intent on making him want to hear kind of bothered me As cute as they were together, as much as I was rooting for them, she aggravated me with her constant hesitation over the music hearing issue If you truly love someone, you accept everything about them Which brings me to the ending ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME That is a terrible way to end this book after all of the angst and buildup I am fine with open endings in some cases, but this is definitely not one of them As the percentage started dwindling, I was afraid there d be no real resolution So I was pissed to be right in this situation IMO, this story needed and deserved full closure The guessing game and imagining their future just doesn t work for me.I d give it an actual rating of 3.5 for the ending Otherwise, it d probably have been a 5.

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