Review: The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

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Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Cassidy broke up with her boyfriend Gavin.  To get away from the whispers and the heart break, she decides to spend the summer at her dad’s bed and breakfast in New Jersey.  It will be her first summer without Emma, but Emma has Drew and she will be fine.
Cassidy is unsure whether she made the right decision.  She knows if she stays busy things will be easier.  Her job at the summer camp is where she officially meets Bryan, Wade and Tori.  She saw Bryan at the beach in a car but is surprised to see him in a wheel chair.
Bryan was in an accident where he fell.  He has been struggling with how his life is now and withdrawing from things he used to be able to do, like surfing.  When he sees Cassidy, he is immediately interested.  He is also happy to learn he will be working with her all summer.  He has a reason hang out with his friends.  She seems ok with his chair and how he is.  She didn’t know him before so her acceptance is exactly what he needs.  Summer becomes fun again as Cass and Bry grow closer.  When real life intervenes Cassidy is torn.
I liked this book.  The author did a great job of taking Bryan and showing how difficult it has been to accept his life as it is now.  It was interesting to see his friends try but they are at a loss as to what to do for him.  His self-pity was front and center. 
Then enter Cassidy with her own issues.  Her break up was hard and I like how she questions her actions and her feelings.  Her confusion is very realistic as is her feelings for Gavin.  This could be anyone that you know.  The author did a fabulous job creating believable characters with real problems they are dealing with.  Cassidy is my favorite character.  She has a soft heart and accepts readily.

I also liked Bryan.  He was far from perfect as he worked through his life.  The wheel chair and disability was a great addition that gave depth to the storyline.  Excellent story that I recommend to any YA reader.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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