on August 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Social Themes, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Special Needs, Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Love & Romance, General
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Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.
Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s...inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.
But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again...
The Summer Before Forever is one of the cutest young adult books I have ever read. Despite what happens to Chloe, which could have really brought the book down, instead it’s one of the best summer books I’ve read. I’m even more excited that this is the first in a series – Jenna’s story next? Yes, please. Or even more Chloe and Landon would make me super happy. Either way, Melissa Chambers is the newest author on my to-watch list, because I absolutely enjoyed The Summer Before Forever.
What really makes The Summer Before Forever work is the chemistry between Chloe and Landon. It is off the charts. It is there, right from the very start, and the fact they’re about to become step-brother and sister means little, because it’s not like they grew up together, or even knew each other until they meet that first time. The tension between the two is palpable and it made me flip through the pages at an alarming rate, to see if anything came of it, especially since Landon is like the perfect gentleman. It’s so weird to call a seventeen-year-old a gentleman but he was! He was like the perfect salve for Chloe, after what happened before her summer vacation.
I just loved everything about this book! Chloe’s list, from Jenna, to help her gain confidence, Chloe and Jenna’s friendship which is the greatest thing ever, Landon and Chloe and just EVERYTHING to do with that. It was just the perfect beach read, I lost myself completely in the story, and barely surfaced until I had finished it, with the biggest, biggest smile on my face. I did lots of happy sighs whilst reading and you will, too. You will want your own Landon – and rightly so. *Happy sigh*
Entangled Teen: http://entangledpublishing.com/the-summer-before-forever/