Title: My Secret Summer
Author: Theresa Troutman
Release Date: October 26th 2014 (first published October 25th 2013)
Page Amount: 85 pages, E-book
Caitlin Conners is a loner; shy and artistic. Her only friend is her sister, Carly. When Carly dies in a car accident, Caitlin has never felt more alone. An overbearing mother makes her life impossible when she meets the boy next door, Dylan Rodgers. Dylan doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd either. He prefers skateboarding to football and is viewed by his fellow students as a pot head.
Dylan helps Caitlin deal with her grief and awakens her sexuality. Somehow these two misfits strike up a friendship and fall in love, while trying to keep their relationship a secret from Caitlin’s parents. Caitlin resorts to various methods to sneak out of the house to be with Dylan. As the stakes increase, emotions run high and passion ignites. The thrill of ‘getting away with it’ is so addictive and makes Caitlin feel invincible. How long can she get away with the lies before she is found out?
**Contain mature sexual situations**
I was looking for a quick read but one with substance to it, as well. A book does not have to be long to have substance. The book starts off right in the action (or en medias res, as I learned in English class.)
The book had a good storyline and showed the different ways that people go about grieving. I liked all of the characters. Although Caitlin did get on my nerves sometimes. But when I think about it it makes sense. I liked the relationship between her and Dylan. I think it may have gone too fast. But I liked Dylan a lot. While the story was good and I liked the characters I felt that the story could have delved more deeply into everything that was going on. There were also several typos and I think that the ending was very abrupt. However, to be fair. Theresa released the one year anniversary extended edition but I'm not sure if that's the edition that I got. It was the only edition available through the Nook, though. So I'll check into that. Overall, I liked the story and I would check out other books by Theresa. 3.5 quills.