The Summer of Us

The Summer of Us

A swoon-worthy story about five best friends on a whirlwind trip through Europe, perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.American expat Aubrey has only two weeks left in Europe before she leaves for college, and she’s nowhere near ready. Good thing she and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last group trip across the continent. From Pari...

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Title:The Summer of Us
Author:Cecilia Vinesse
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Edition Language:English

The Summer of Us Reviews

  • Emma

    4.5 stars! v cute and exactly what i needed 💕

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    apparently this is a sapphic travel romance??? sign me the fuck up

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    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

    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 comments are hilarious. It's a lot of characters for a short standalone to cover, but the book balances them pretty well. The story focuses a lot on starting a new future and how it's ok to stay in touch with old friends.

    The plot definitely revolves around the friends and their drama, though. Europe is mostly a backdrop... Most of the story takes place on trains. I always love books about people with the time, ability, and money to head to Europe because I can travel vicariously through them. So even though I didn't totally get that sense from this story, I still thought it was a light, happy read that's one of my top recommendations for a summer YA contemporary!

  • ellie

    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

    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 and enjoy the ride. And this? This was a good train ride.

    I *love* the characters - I think they were all written so well. Like, they talked like actual teenagers. I liked that each of them had their own mannerisms, and they all clicked, and it was so fun to read from. When you go into a summer contemporary talking about romance, you kind of expect these milestones of “Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. They kiss at some point.” Etc. but I realized in the middle that this was a book about friendship, more than anything else. And I love books about friends.

    It’s about the way you feel these unseen cords connecting you and your friends pulled taut when you’re all leaving each other to college at the end of summer. It’s about realizing that you can keep holding onto each other. How you can feel different but the same all at the same time. I really enjoyed the friendships. My one compliant is that the relationship drama got a bit too much sometimes - which is fair, but it just got repetitive and tiring.

    I’m kind of attached to Aubrey, but I think I could’ve 100% loved this if this was just Rae and Clara’s story. UGH. RAE WAS SO GOOD. I loved her and how shy sweet she was with her love and I love gay girls so much oh my god. They deserve ALL the love in the world. But I think Aubrey is a nice balance to have, and she’s not annoying despite the whole love triangle stuff, so that was good.

    I also wish we got more of Europe. There was a lot more descriptions of the places in Paris, I think. In Prague, they mention one location, and it’s mostly description of the photos Rae is taking. I just want more of Europe, okay. I don’t mean like, travel journal, but still. They went to Rome and it just felt like a backdrop for them to hang out rather than oh my god, it’s ROME. You know? Yeah. I might be biased because I just really love Europe.

    I definitely think this is the best European travel summer book I’ve read so far. The friendships were sweet and funny and heartwarming and it’s just a good book.

  • dezzy

    was such a quick read for me; I read it in basically one day, haha. It's such a sweet, fluffy, heartwarming, yet emotional book, and I honestly enjoyed it

    ! Although it wasn't the most thought-provoking or "deep" book, I still loved it because I need to read fluffy and lighthearted contemporaries every once in a while.

    In

    , five friends (Aubrey, Rae, Clara, Gabe, and Jonah) are traveling together across Europe, enjoying each other's company before th

    was such a quick read for me; I read it in basically one day, haha. It's such a sweet, fluffy, heartwarming, yet emotional book, and I honestly enjoyed it

    ! Although it wasn't the most thought-provoking or "deep" book, I still loved it because I need to read fluffy and lighthearted contemporaries every once in a while.

    In

    , five friends (Aubrey, Rae, Clara, Gabe, and Jonah) are traveling together across Europe, enjoying each other's company before they all go off to college on their own separate ways. However, this trip doesn't go as planned, and many unexpected things happen, which tests many of the characters' friendships and relationships. This book alternates between Aubrey and Rae's points of view, which I liked because I was able to see both sides of the situation. However, sometimes the shifts in perspectives seemed a bit abrupt.

    I really enjoyed how this book showed that although change is scary, change is okay and a normal part of life. Going off to college is definitely a drastic change, but it doesn't have to be scary (or bad) with your friends and family by your side. Also, I

    the friends-to-lovers trope and that is definitely part of the reason why I enjoyed this book so much. It makes my heart

    so happy when friends realize that their feelings for each other go so much deeper than friendship. The relationships in this book were so cute (for the most part)!!

    The main reason this book wasn't a 5-star read for me is that some of the characters became annoying to me at times (

    ), and I felt that the pacing was kind of slow at the beginning. Otherwise, I liked this book overall and I flew through it; it's a very fast read (which is great for me, since I can only read on the weekends nowadays due to school).

    If you love fluffy contemporary books about

    , this book is definitely for you!

    lesbian character, bi/pan character (never explicitly stated), f/f romance

  • ☆High Lady of The Night Court☆

    I need someone to explain to me why I feel so happy about this ending even though I knew exactly what was going to happen.

    I flew through this book and loved the fact that the story revolves around a group of friends. Each of them had very different personalities, different problems, and each character added more clarity to the story. The book s

    I need someone to explain to me why I feel so happy about this ending even though I knew exactly what was going to happen.

    I flew through this book and loved the fact that the story revolves around a group of friends. Each of them had very different personalities, different problems, and each character added more clarity to the story. The book shifts between Aubrey and Rae, who are best friends, and the fact that they are such different people allows the reader to see the story through two perspectives which in turn lets us see any situation or argument through two views which I

    loved.

    Aubrey and Rae planned their dream trip in middle school and now, two weeks before they all leaves for college, they’re finally going to do it. When they decided to go for it, the 5 friends never expected for their very friendship to come into question. I was very aware of what was going to happen because the author wrote most of the book in a pretty open and obvious way but watching the story play out, regardless of the fact that I expected what was going to happen, was very exciting.

    The book follows Aubrey, Rae, Clara, Gabe and Jonah. Aubrey and Jonah are currently dating, but Gabe, Jonah’s best friend may have kissed Aubrey a few weeks ago and they’re awkwardly avoiding each other. And Aubrey may or may not have had a crush on Gabe a few years ago. Rae has been in love with Carla for quite a while now, but she doesn’t want to risk it ruining their friendship so she keeps it under wraps. Aubrey wants a future with Jonah but he might not feel the same way, and they seem to be growing apart.

    I loved the feeling of familiarity between these characters and I would like to know more about their childhood but what they do tell us is adorable. Since Rae is a feminist, there is a lot of comments and jokes that support this which makes me very happy. Aubrey is definitely a little uptight and paranoid but that did not spoil the book or bring it down, it just brought out the contrast between their characters.

    This was a funny, heartwarming, loving story among friends and their unexpected, spontaneous, yet slightly planned journey before they head of to college. I enjoyed this story extremely and give it 4 stars.

  • 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.

  • Brianna

    I’m somewhere between 3.5 and 3.75 stars on this one but for review purposes I marked it as 3. I’m not sure how memorable I would say this book is and it was frustrating at times, but I can honestly say all the characters eventually grew on me and I think Vinesse captured the fragility of that leaving-before-college mindset with Europe as the backdrop. I just want to read all the travel books. All of them.

  • prag ♻

    An alternate blurb: "Miscommunication! Shallow and self centered characters! Jealousy! Plot that makes no sense at all!"

    The Good Stuff: Sapphic best friends to lovers, Prague, "Rae came to prom alone because her date was the patriarchy and she killed it"

  • Hallie

    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

    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 been best friends forever and now they’re off on a group vacation but can all the friendships survive the trip?

    The Summer of Us is a book about growing up. The plot focuses on lots of different relationships–friendships, parental relationships, and romances. My favorite duo was Aubrey and Rae. I loved seeing their friendship evolve throughout the story. This book really serves as a love letter to best friends and the ways they know us like no other. The Summer of Us is told from two perspectives. The book alternates between Aubrey and Rae’s points of view and each chapter picks up where the last left off. This method of storytelling successfully allows the reader to empathize with each main character and see the trip from their eyes. Both girls have very different experiences while on the trip. Both girls go into the trip expecting to have the best summer of their lives but things quickly go sour.

    Vinesse so perfectly captures what it’s like to graduate high school and feel like you’re growing apart from everyone you’ve known. Both Aubrey and Rae feel like their best friend just doesn’t get them anymore. They’re both afraid of what the future has in store and are unsure of if their friendship will make it through their college years. Aubrey has always known Rae’s every thought and whim but soon they’ll be separated. Rae makes decisions without consulting Aubrey and doesn’t include her in all the parts of her life like she used to. Rae feels like Aubrey is selfish and doesn’t want to know anything about Rae’s college plans in Australia. Each girl feels misunderstood and ignored.

    This book encapsulates that magical summer after graduating high school when everything feels so fragile, yet hopeful. Aubrey and Rae are both changing but don’t allow the other one any room to grow. This book’s strength lies in Vinesse’s ability to convey the complicated feelings that both friends have about leaving high school behind. You can feel Aubrey and Rae’s yearning for things to stay the same and wariness about the future throughout the book. Vinesse writes sad scenes about friendships fracturing but she also writes redeeming scenes of rediscovering why you were friends in the first place. This book is a triumphant story about loving your friends even as everything changes.

    The highlight of this book was the friendship between the two main characters but it also featured some memorable romantic scenes. Vinesse definitely used the setting of a European vacation to her advantage when writing the swoony romance scenes. Aubrey finds herself in a bit of a love triangle after kissing her boyfriend’s best friend before graduating and things only get more complicated when all three of them are on vacation together. Romance fans will love the “will they, won’t they” feel of Aubrey’s story and cheer her on to find her happy ending. Rae also has an adorable crush on the other person on the trip, Clara. Vinesse wrote adorable, starry, twinkling kissing scenes, for both Rae and Aubrey, that will totally make you melt.

    Contemporary readers will find a fun and light summer read between the pages of this book. It features a happy ever after for a lesbian teen couple, resolutions for the main conflicts, and provides a beautiful setting complete with some historical information. It has a lot of relationship drama and scenes of teen angst but it’s a pitch perfect read that teens will love!

  • Dahlia

    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.

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