Monday, June 22, 2015

[Review: Song Of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson

"Song of Summer"
Author: Laura Lee Anderson 
Series: None
Pages: 250
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Date Published: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Format Read: eARC provided by publisher (via NetGalley) for honest review


The thirteen qualities of Robin’s Perfect Man range from the mildly important “Handsome” to the all-important “Great taste in music.” After all, Westfield’s best high school folk musician can’t go out with some shmuck who only listens to top 40 crap. When hot Carter Paulson walks in the door of Robin’s diner, it looks like the list may have come to life. It’s not until the end of the meal that she realizes he’s profoundly deaf.

Carter isn’t looking for a girlfriend. Especially not a hearing one. Not that he has anything against hearing girls, they just don’t speak the same language. But when the cute waitress at Grape Country Dairy makes an effort to talk with him, he takes her out on his yellow Ducati motorcycle.

Told in first person alternating perspectives, language, music, and culture go along for the ride as Carter and Robin find their song.

My Thoughts:

An Open Letter To Song For Summer,

Cute and adorable are two words that I think describe you. You reminded me of an episode of "Switched at Birth," with all of your teen drama and hearing challenged characters. I liked you a lot, but you weren't perfect. Thanks for being a fun summer read though!

-The White Unicorn

This is the story of a girl who can hear, and a boy who can't. It's a story about summer loves, first loves, and figuring out how to love yourself. There is a lot of love happening up in these pages, that's for sure. 

I really liked this book. It's one of those stories that is perfect for summer. Plus, Anderson adds some interesting characters into the mix. Robin is a shy music junky, and Carter is a hunky, motorcycle riding, deaf kid. Throwing those two into a relationship is a great plot device, and I enjoyed it a lot. 

Both main characters were fun to read. They both had major flaws, which irritated me as a reader, but those are just based off personal preference. The fact that the plot relied on people not saying what they meant is also a pet peeve of mine, but that's what form books like this normally take. Add in the fact that Robin and Carter actually had a hard time chatting, using that as a plot point seemed a bit redundant. Hence why I only give this book 3 unicorns, even though I really did enjoy it.

The secondary characters were also pretty cute, and added a secondary romance into the mix. Like I said before, love was in every particle of air surrounding this book. 

I do not know much about deaf culture, but from what I could tell, it seemed like Anderson really did her research there. I liked that she added that element into her novel. It made it feel fresh, and it made it feel educational. 

If you're looking for a cute summer romance with some added cool factor, this might just be the right book for you!

3 Unicorns = I liked it a lot, but it had it's issues!  

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