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review 2015-09-24 00:00
After Summer Ends
After Summer Ends - Katie Mettner I have not rated this because I didn’t finish it, but I wanted to talk about it a bit to explain why.

I requested this from Netgalley because it sounded interesting, and I haven’t read much non-erotic lesbian fiction, so I was curious. I ended up giving up on it at 15% because I just couldn’t make it through the book and I was afraid that if I kept forcing myself, I would end up writing a ranting review.

When I started this, I loved the first page and thought it was going to be a wonderful book. That was where the love ended, unfortunately. I know I have a galley copy, so maybe it’s been edited more, but there were some formatting issues, typos, and a lot of repetition in what I read. (I counted the word “sigh” 3 times on the screen of my kindle in just a couple of paragraphs, for example.) There was a lot of telling, instead of showing. There was a lot of dialogue that didn’t really lead anywhere or help with learning about the characters.

There were way too many issues crammed into the first 15% of the book (roughly 40 pages), and it was not only overwhelming, but it also made it difficult to actually care and feel for the characters, at least for me. The main character, Willow, is gay and in the closet, dealing with dwarfism and arthritis (associated with the dwarfism), and she lost her parents at a pretty young age. Other issues that have come up include adoption of special needs half Chippewa twin babies by Willow’s brother and sister-in-law (the SIL is also half Chippewa), the SIL has alopecia and vitiligo, someone else had a baby and apparently they’re not doing so great, etc. I still don’t even know who some of these characters are because there were just way too many names to keep track of, and not enough explanation to help them stand out as individual characters.

I was a little shocked to find out that this isn’t a debut novel because of the way it’s written. It reads like some indie debuts I’ve read in the past, so I assumed that’s what it was until I came across a review that mentioned the author’s previous books.

I think this story could be really great, but there’s too much going on and I think it could use a bit of editing. I applaud the author’s efforts to include more diverse characters and address issues, but there were too many things happening with too many people for it to work. We need more diverse books, but putting so many in the beginning of one story doesn’t do any of them justice. It was a nice idea, though.

I hate hate hate writing bad reviews and not finishing a book, but I just can’t do this. I have been trying for almost two weeks to make it through this book, but I have to keep flipping back several pages to try to figure out who people are and what’s going on. I wanted to like this, but it did not work for me, unfortunately.
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review 2013-08-27 06:56
Book Review: When Summer Ends by Isabelle Rae
When Summer Ends - Isabelle Rae

So why 2.5 stars, huh? Well, the story was cute especially Chloe and Will's relationship. The characters were awesome, too, you'd think they're perfect. I just thought that the book's way too long and it actually took me more than six hours finishing it. There were some parts that I just thought the book would still go on fine even without them. Like the first quarter part of the book. Those parts were okay but it wouldn't hurt if those weren't included either. 

So that's just it. All in all, it was a fun read.

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review 2013-07-13 00:00
When Summer Ends
When Summer Ends - Isabelle Rae Hi. My name is Stacia. I'll be your cruise director for this trip on the spoiler seas. Ah, what the heck. I probably could find a way to complain without spoilers like I normally do, but I figured I'd just warn you this time and you can choose whether or not to read this review, Cutie. So here we go - spoilers ahead. You've been warned. Yeah, that's right. I said it. I called you a cutie. Doesn't that make you uncomfortable? Because I sure know that every single time Will called Chloe a Cutie, I felt like I was going to break out in hives. And I'm pretty sure he called her that at least a couple dozen times in the second half of the book.It's almost as bad as Pigeon. I've actually been reading this book for a few days on the down low, unsure if I was going to do status updates or even post a review. I know people think it's funny sometimes when I complain with multiple status updates, but I knew that once I got started, I wasn't going to be able to stop with this book.But I'm such a sucker for the student/teacher dynamic. I can't even tell you why. I keep reading s/t books because they intrigue me when done right.This would be the opposite of that. Unfortunately. :(First off, a 22 year old man who has feelings for a 17 year old girl is not a pedophile. At worst, this is an awkward case of accidental statutory rape and a person abusing their place in a position of power. I wouldn't have even thought of the teacher as a creeper (at first) under normal circumstances (especially considering that he didn't know she was underage because he met her in a bar when she used a fake i.d.), except for the fact THAT HE KEPT ASSOCIATING HIMSELF AS ONE. *facepalm*At least, I'll say that I wouldn't have thought it to start. He got pretty stalkerific as the book progressed. Who knew that a person could just happen to turn up just about every single time the person they're interested in happens to be kissing or hugging other people??? That's some serious dumb luck.Will really sucked at staying out of Chloe's business. If he was so convinced that he wasn't good for her, then why was he always having an opinion about what she was doing? And he didn't help things by following her into the woman's bathroom to give his opinion. Yep. He became the creeper he didn't want to be.Then there was Chloe. The immature, false-swearing, giggling and blushing woman-child. Who also happened to have no less than 5 guys try to hook up with her over the course of the book. Wait, WHAT? Why? I couldn't stand being in her head. She was a selfish brat who was completely nasty to Will for a good portion of their time together. From her side, she saw nothing wrong with being bitchy to the man who was giving her treats and sandwiches and trying to be nice (while still creeping though) to her. And by bitchy, I mean that she said a lot of cruel things to the person she claimed to care for. Just because someone can't be with you (for valid reasons), it doesn't mean that you get to be horrible to them for no reason at all. Take your pain and channel it elsewhere, woman-child. Yeah, you - the chick who says holy poop, sugar lumps, oh my days, and jeez constantly.How can you take someone seriously when they say : Jeez, I need him so much?You all know by now that I hate excessive emoting. There were copious amounts of winking, eyebrow waggling. smirking, nose-flicking, cooing (that was the guy), eye-rolling, etc. scattered all over this book. What's worse, is there were times when people were emoting for no apparent reason. Do you see the need for an eye-roll in this exchange? "I thought you liked orange juice." I shrugged. "I do but they ran out." He smiled and rolled his eyes. "Here, Cutie." He put his bottle of orange juice on my tray.Should I even go into the times that they forgot how to be discreet and should have gotten into trouble for their actions? Never mind the fact that friends and certain family were let in on the secret. *double facepalm*Well, look at the time. I just realized that I still have about 20 more notes and highlights left in the copy of my book.Eh, forget that. I've already said enough. What's even more sad is that these two managed to make it through the book avoiding the scandal that they well deserved. It was all sunshine and rainbows and happy epilogues for these people. The epilogue was far too sugary sweet and the book should have ended without that epilogue. We didn't need to know the "years later" update. The ending before was fine enough for people wanting to see something positive come out of the story.Who should read this? Well, I don't know. If you made it to the end of my review, you pretty much spoiled yourself for knowing what's going to happen. If you like stories where people end up together, go for it. But don't say I didn't warn you about the awkwardness of it all.
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review 2013-04-18 00:00
When Summer Ends - Isabelle Rae I didn't enjoy this book at all. The characters were not realistic in my option and the pace was too slow and a bit too much detail. I didn't understand why Will liked Chloe in the first place. She was so immature and extremely annoying for her age (she often stuck out her tongue and said stupid things).

What really confused me is that Will and Chloe were intimate to the point that they started sleeping together, but Will didn't know how old Chloe was. It is just not possible. Moreover, Chloe agreed to go to Will's apartment only hours after they first met in a club. She must have been either stupid or too trusting to do so. After all, she didn't know him and going to his place at one in the morning like this for a 17-year-old girl was just a dumb thing to do.

I didn't like the wording either. The author kept using the same words repeatedly "or something, cute, cutie..." I think the book could have been much better if at least 100 pages were removed.

In short, I don't recommend this book to anyone who loves their book fast and fun since this one is just too slow and a real pain to read.
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review 2013-01-18 00:00
When Summer Ends - Isabelle Rae 2.5 Stars

I love teacher/student books. I don't know why I love the whole forbidden love thing, but I do. With that said, I've read quite a few of them, one being Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Now, I HATE comparing books, and I never have before but there were too many similarities to Slammed in When Summer Ends. I am not saying that the situations were the same, I am saying certain details were the same. Same "have to stay away from each other and basically ignoring each other", same possessiveness in the halls, same fighting a guy, same dating a guy to get the teacher jealous, oh and I can't forget SAME CHARACTER NAMED WILL! I found that this book was published in Sept. of 2012 and Slammed was published in Jan. of 2012. So, not saying anything, but for me the similarities were too close.

Now, I will say when Sam and Chloe came up with the scheme things turned around. I loved the genius idea. Hell, I just loved Sam.

There was SO MUCH filler in this book. It could have been shortened a ton. I found myself skimming parts because they just weren't important, in my opinion.

I loved all of Will's date ideas. So sweet. I loved Will at times, then there were times when I thought he was immature. Play martyr much, Will? If you are in a forbidden affair you need to be smart not kissing in the classroom or constantly asking her to stay after class. Oh and speaking of Will, his parents didn't care that she was 17 and in HS? Seriously? They didn't say ANYTHING to Will? I find that hard to believe.

Did I mention I love Sam? LOVED HIM! He's the reason this is getting the 2.5 stars. Loved the scene after the swim meet..."you can thank me later".
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