The Summer of No Regrets
Author: Katherine Grace Bond
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC for Teen Book Scene blog tour
About the Book: The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.
As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?
My Thoughts: The Summer of No Regrets was not what I thought it would be. When I read the description above I thought it would be a lot more about the whole Luke/Trent question and his relationship with Brigitta. We certainly do get some of that but Luke's identity isn't the only truth Brigitta is searching for. As the description states her life has kind of spun out of control and the book has Brigitta asking deep questions about religion, philosophy, life, death and more.
I was interested in the many different faces of the characters we meet. Obviously there is the whole Luke/Trent issue. We're also introduced to Brigitta's dad who has done a complete 180 since his parents' deaths. Brigitta's sister Mallory is home from college and a different person as well. Natalie, Brigitta's best friend is different around Brigitta than everyone else. And then there is Brigitta herself. She has her secret blog and Hollywood gossip craving that no one knows about. Her thoughts and desires are buried so deep within herself. These differences kept me reading to see if things would begin to work themselves out.
The Summer of No Regrets isn't you're typical lighthearted beach read. It's an interesting look at all that can change in the summer of a young woman's life.