when summer endsI’m literally only interested in reading When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington because of Aiden’s plight, and I’m gonna throw that out right from the get-go. I’m not really into sports, so his all-star pitcher gig doesn’t interest me. And I’m picky about my contemporaries. But with losing my sight being literally my number one fear in life, I’m pretty intrigued to see how that one is handled. I mean, could you imagine not being able to see anymore? Full stop. You’d never be able to read again. Writing would be a long-gone memory.

I would lose my effing mind.

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

Anyway, what do you think of When Summer Ends? Do you feel a connection to Aiden’s situation? To Olivia’s? Does either character intrigue you enough to make you want to pick up the book? Are you less inclined because you’re not really interested? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading!

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3 thoughts on “When Summer Ends [Jessica Pennington]; 2019 YA Releases

  1. I really loved this book. Sometimes I wanted to smack the characters for the secrets they kept, but it felt like typical teenage logic. I loved the setting and the growing romance. I have very poor eyesight which is continuing to get worse (my one contact can’t go any higher, so I’m pretty screwed), so I felt connected in a way to what Aiden was going through, but not totally since I don’t have the same condition. But I am terrified for the day when I can’t drive anymore. I already have night blindness and can’t drive to places I’m not super familiar with since I can’t see the streets to turn on until I’m right at it.


    1. Aww, I’m so sorry. I definitely get the fear. It’s hard to deal with sometimes. My eyes are nearly -6, but idk how high contacts go since I’ve switched to glasses recently.

      Glad to hear you loved the book, though! Definitely makes me a little more excited to read it.


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