The Summer Remains
by Seth King
Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.
As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app - and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.
Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.
The Summer Remains is proof that you can be an avid reader and believe you have found the perfect read, only then to be thrown from your proverbial thousand book shelf and shown that it only takes one to change you. Seth King has not only written a breathtaking and deeply profound love story, but he has set a precident that very few will ever reach.
If I'm honest, I wasn't sure about this book at first. I found the sentences long and somewhat ramblish, the dialogue was excessive at times and I felt myself pushing away from a story that I knew was going to likely depress me in ways that I wasnt ready to acknowledge, but then I realised that I was looking at this in the wrong way. I am that facebook freak! I am the girl with the pretty ring and the house in the country, and all those things that Summer despised, but what made Summer unique. Her outlook on life may have been jaded and forlorn due to her disability, and her last wish to fall in love may even have been cliche and selfish to others, I just couldn't deny the bigger picture here...
This is a story about us.
The fault of man and our twisted coping mechanisms when it comes to all things 'different.'
This isn't just a love story that spans three months over one Floridian summer, but a real eye opening, thought-provoking tale of what it must feel like to be swimming against a tide, when the one to pull you from the depths is the one you are destined to destroy. But I couldn't blame our heroine for any of it, because I was so proud of her for taking that final leap.
Cooper, our hero is no stranger to strife, this is where he really comes into his own. He seemed older than his peers, a little mysterious in his ways, and a true book hero in every sense of the word.
This book washed over me like a thousand summer tides that took my breath away. Yes, there are some upsetting scenes, but each one breathed new life into me. I started to connect to a story in very few ways I ever have before, and my tears towards the end were justified and honest.
There are so many passages highlighted on my kindle, but there are some things you just don't want to share. That is my ode to Summer. I will not share her words, just tell you that this story is one that will live with me for a very long time and I implore you to read it!
Seth, you are an extraordinary writer and from what I can tell by your dedication, a wonderful man. Summer and Cooper have meddled their way into my book loving beating heart, and your message deep into my soul. Never will I share a pity smile again, but nod serenely... and maybe even talk about the weather! ;)
Thank you for your words, and the lesson that The Summer Remains teaches us. For we are not perfect and we could all use a little saviour in our lives. God knows, this book is now one of mine.
Kelly - 5 Crowns