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The Summer of Us

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  161 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Aubrey and Rae have been planning their trip around Europe practically from the moment they became BFFs in primary school. And, now, it ought to be the perfect way to spend their last summer together before university.

But things are more complicated at eighteen than they were at ten. There's Jonah, Aubrey's seemingly perfect boyfriend, and his best friend Gabe, the boy Aub
Paperback, 311 pages
Published June 14th 2018 by Poppy (first published June 5th 2018)
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Cait • A Page with a View
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
I will adore pretty much any summer travel story, but this really is one of the best YA ones I've found! The characters completely make the story — there are 3 girls & 2 guys who backpack around Europe the summer before college. There's a kind of love triangle between one of the girls and the 2 guys, while the other two girls are trying to figure out if they like each other. These 2 girls were easily the best part and most developed. Their relationship is adorable and the feminist side comme ...more
ilsa ➹
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER (like, ever) rate happy, light YA contemporaries 5 stars.

But here we are.

I usually like my contemporaries hard and gritty but I actually LIKED the romances and lightness in this book and I FINALLY UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE LIKE FLUFFY BOOKS WHO AM I??


It’s nearing summer here in the UK AND OH MY GOSH, this book? If summer was a book, IT WOULD BE THIS. I mean, I guessed by the title “The Summer of Us” but it literally ha
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Any book that has a plot even remotely similar to ANY element of the 2011 Selena Gomez movie 'Monte Carlo', I'm going to read, no question.

'The Summer of Us' follows a group of five friends on the trip around Europe, and they're all dating the wrong person. Oops. I didn't care so much for the romances themselves, because they hinged on not being honest with each other about feelings, and I'm always like 'dude, just let him down easy, so you can all be happier in the long run!'

What I was most i
Jul 12, 2018 is currently reading it
apparently this is a sapphic travel romance??? sign me the fuck up
This book is like a train ride. As in, you start at the beginning, and you’re introduced to these characters and their histories and you’re sort of overwhelmed with everything (just how you feel when you’re on a platform, getting on the train). Then you’re on the journey itself, and you see their paths unravel in front of you like you’re watching roads/trees/ towns pass by in the window. And you can’t do anything about the way the train just passes them by, so all you can really do is sit back a ...more
This is not for people who are like "OMG the characters were so dramaaaaatic," but as I have no problem with that, I thought this book was lots of fun. Chemistry, travel, and gayness - I'm here for it.
Thank you to The NOVL for a free review copy for promotional purposes.

The Summer of Us is a whirlwind, travelogue adventure about 5 best friends and the trip that changes everything. Aubrey has always been a careful planner and a prepared student, but this European trip is testing her organizational and personal skills. Rae is spontaneous and determined to move on from high school but she’s hoping for a little summer romance with one of her friends before she starts college. Aubrey and Rae have
Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Aubrey has only two weeks left before she leaves for college so she decides to go on a trip around Europe with her friends – Gabe, Clara, Rae, and Jonah. Visting places such as Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Prague they plan to spend two weeks having the times of their lives before they all go their separate ways going to college and university across the world. When secrets are revealed, their carefree adven
Hollie (hollieblog)
When this came in the post, I felt a little giddy. Wrapped in a crisp world map with some string, and a fake boarding pass to Prague, was The Summer of Us, a serious yet exciting debut about the changing of friendships as you get older, told during one last summer trip through Europe.

I went into this feeling excited about a contemporary on travel, not that they're hard to come by, but after just coming back from Prague and desperate go back out there again, I really felt like this book had come
Vicky Who Reads
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3 stars

In some ways, this totally lived up to my expectations, while in others, it was a little lackluster.

The star of the show for me was the character dynamics. During the first third, I was a little hesitant because it felt like everything was going to be botched up--the men would mansplain things and everything would just go terribly, horribly wrong--but it ended up actually being okay in the end.

The way the characters worked with each other felt very realistic by the time the conclusion cam
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-arcs, reviews
An arc of this book was sent to me by Little Brown Young Readers in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this book, even more than I expected! I practically flew through this book, which is quite a feat because I have found myself in an actual reading slump as of late. This book was a perfect mixture of cute, sweet, and heartbreaking.

In this book I've learned some important messages, whether intentionally put there by the author or not, that no matter how
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, summer-2018
I wasn't a huge fan of the majority of the characters in this book which is why it took me so long to read it. They weren't bad people but they were all just complete stereotypes and I didn't care what happened to them, which is never good as a reader. Also I really didn't like Jonah. (view spoiler) ...more
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
*Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read a review*

Okay, first of all can I just point out how freaking gorgeous this cover is? It's so pretty and some of my favorite colors and I just love it. Okay, now on to the actual contents of this book, haha! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even more than I expected! I practically flew through it, despite working most of yesterday. It was cute, and sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time. Any good contemporary I feel
Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
Thank you so much to The Novl for sending me an ARC of The Summer of Us to review!
Enjoyed this travelogue, YA romance friendship story a lot,
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really related to this book. Full review upon release
Arrow Jameson
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
3/10 OR 2/5 STARS

Okay, so here’s the thing: this book had huge potential. There were so many things that could’ve gone right in this book, but the problem? None of them did. By a mile and a half, this was the most disappointing read of this year for me.

For a little bit of background, I picked up this book solely based on it’s amazing cover and added it to my TBR. Soon enough, I saw that the entire world of bookstagram was reading it, and it was one of the hottest (Pun? Pun.) books of summer. To
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you Little Brown Young Readers and The Novl #lbyrpartner for sending me a copy to read and review!!!

“She realized that these were the things she was worried about forgetting — these small familiar pieces of her old life. These fragments of things she would never get back again.”

Aubrey and Rae have been planning this trip around Europe since sixth grade. Along with their friends, Clara, Jonah, and Gabe, they are going to drink champagne, eat croissants, and tour every museum they can. Nothi
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First full review of the year, how exciting! I received an early copy of this book and let me tell you it was amazing. It comes out in June of 2018 and I highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of contemporary ya and looking for a lighthearted read that does talk about the hard parts of growing up.

Now let us get into the review.

The Characters

Aubrey: I don't mean to be that person, but Aubrey reminded me a lot of myself. I'm not exactly sure why, but she did and I'm unsure whether or not
I'd rate more as 3.5 stars.

I received an ARC from TheNovl for an honest review.

As you can tell from the title, the book is a total summer read, as its premise is the European trip five friends take together at the end of their senior year in high school (right before starting college), that takes them to different cities in Europe, with five main stops over a course of 10 days. The book is set in two POVs- Aubrey and Rae, who are two best friends, and the plot includes 3 other friends- Jonah,
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was the summer that Aubrey and Rae had planned almost since they met each other: one last trip throughout Europe with their friends Jonah, Gabe and Clara. However, neither one of them are expecting so many complications before the trip even starts. Aubrey and Jonah are dealing with some problems in their relationship, Rae is experiencing a massive crush on Clara (whom Rae is convinced doesn’t like her back) and Gabe and Aubrey shared a personal moment just before graduation, even though Aubre ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

You know when you're a kid, there's this transition you need to make from being dependent on your parents to being dependent on yourself. In The Summer of Us, Cecilia Vinesse explores this transitional period through five teens traveling through Europe together.

Ok, when I was a kid I did get a chance to travel with some fellow youngsters through a different part of the world. I was only 15 when it happened and I feel like it dramatically changed the person I was into the person I am today. I fee
Kavanand (Reading for Two)
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
I am not the biggest fan of YA contemporaries, but when I read the description of The Summer of Us by Cecelia Vinesse, I jumped at it. What's not to love about a book about five recent high school graduates traipsing across Europe with lots of drama?

Best friends Aubrey and Rae are embarking on a two-week trip to Europe, with their friends Jonah (Aubrey's boyfriend), Clara (Rae's secret crush), and Gabe (who Aubrey kissed three weeks earlier). Aubrey and Rae are both having a pre-college freakout
Michele Zakis
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Near the end of Cecilia Vinesse’s The Summer of Us, Rae, one of the two point of view protagonists, proclaims, “Europe is really about churches isn’t it? That’s my main takeaway from this trip. Churches, old art, trains.” And Europe is about all of these things, but Vinesse’s latest young adult novel is about so much more. Told from the alternating perspectives of longtime friends Aubrey and Rae, The Summer of Us follows five recent high school grads as they trek across Europe before heading the ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I love Vinesse's writing. I will always love it I think. I can't wait for you all to read it this summer!! This is a perfect beach read or road trip read. It's about beginnings and endings and the weird in between feeling. I found it extremely relatable and poignant. Full RTC

4/30/18 Full review: http://mindofabookdragon.wordpress.c...

This book made me want to travel so bad! I haven’t been outside of the U.S. before and I’m dying to see what’s out there. It made me think of road trips across the
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to KidLitExchange (#partner) and The NOVL and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the advance reading copy for review. All opinions are my own.
Cecilia Vinesse’s THE SUMMER OF US is a realistic YA coming-of-age story about five friends on the trip of a lifetime.
Aubrey and her friends Rae, Clara, Jonah and Gabe have hit the rails to see Europe post-graduation from the American School in London. With a variety of relationships and agendas playing out—some hidden and some overt—the
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book meant so much more to me than I thought it would. We follow a group of five friends; Rae, Aubrey, Clara, Jonah and Gabe on their interrailing trip around Europe the summer between the end of high school and beginning of college. It was very much a character based novel over a plot based novel – my favourite. Plus just such a summery read. But it dug deeper as well, it tugged on heartstrings between friends, and that feeling that nothing wil ever be the same once you leave somewhere and ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book that teenage me would have loved. And as a result adult, me really enjoyed it.

It was fun to read this light adventurous story that takes us through some o the most beautiful places in Europe. The author does a wonderful job of describing the intimate dynamics of changing friendships, and how coming of age and travel can not only help you find yourself but transform you into a new independent person.

This book made me feel so nostalgic for travel, old friendships and that
Laura Mauro
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I got this book for review from the publisher for my honest thoughts*
This book was the prefect book to start my summer reading adventures. This book follows a group of five friends on a epic road trip in europe the summer before the venture off to college. I loved the duel POV and how focused on friendship this book was. Also the lead girls were such different type of characters it made the book even more compelling and enjoyable. I def saw myself in the character of aubury. I loved the LGBTQ r
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I’d give this book 2.5 stars... a mix of it being okay and me liking it. While I liked this book fine enough, the author annoyed me by making everything work out perfectly for every character in this book. If you put together any other group of friends that include some of both sexes, some dating, some with crushes on others in the group, and some with infidelity, there is zero chance in real life that every person would come out with a happy ending. And I also find it highly unlikely that so ma ...more
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