The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: Apr 1 / 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Lexi has a secret.She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good.Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there's nothing she wants more than to start over.But sometimes love has its own path...
*A review copy was provided by the publisher for review*
I really wasn't sure what I was expecting from the Summer I Wasn't Me. This is the first book I've read about homosexuality and I have to say that I'm quite pleasantly surprised from it.
Lexi the main character is sent to a Christian summer camp to fix the fact that she likes girls. It's really a story about the girl finding herself and whether she would stand up for herself or not. She's made some good friends along the way at the camp and it was harsh to see how different everybody's situations are. Verdi's book seems very realistic and I was shocked to see the cold side of the world in this book. People never seem to be who they are and the different events in the past shape them into the person they are.
The Summer I Wasn't Me is a very realistic novel that talks about homosexuality. I think these kinds of books are needed in YA literature. This is also the first Jessica Verdi book I read and I think it was great! I think this book made me consider to read more realistic YA fiction in the future!