Thursday, May 23, 2013

Book Review: How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Rosie did not set Joey's car on fire. Yes she was burning a pile of things he gave her in his driveway but she did not blow up his car. What other choice did she have when he showed up at a party with his new freshman girlfriend? It was supposed to show her passion and emotion, not land her a temporary restraining order. It's going to be a long summer if she can't see Joey, and her parents can not be happy about this either.

It's her next door neighbor Matty who has the best solution: road trip. He's driving out to Arizona with his friend Spencer and his older brother Logan, and Matty thinks Rosie should go with them. While it seems like a reward, Rosie sees this is punishment. 9 days in a car, with an itinerary decided by the boys she is traveling with.  Her parents love Matty, he's like another son to them (and like another brother to Rosie). It's decided, the best place for Rosie is as far away from Jersey as they can get her, and this is her ticket out.

First it's frustrating. The music they listen to is mostly country. The stops are places Rosie would never dream of going, and she has to beg and plead to make any changes to the itinerary. After a quick scare in Nashville, Rosie decides to make the best of the situation. Spencer turns out to be a pretty good guy. Matty has always been her friend, while she hasn't always been the best friend to him. And Logan, well let's just say there's a spark between Logan and Rosie.

An unexpected road trip turns what could have been a disaster summer into a great summer for Rosie. She's really a good kid who just happened to obsess over the wrong guy. Geography is able to give her the space and time she needs to see that there is a lot more to life than just one guy.

A great first read for the summer, Jennifer Salvato Doktorski's How My Summer Went Up in Flames will appeal to readers looking for that first fun light read to start off beach or car trip reading season!

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy!)

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