Monday, 9 March 2015
Review: The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey
Publication Date: 4th August 2014
Life is just dandy for aspiring fashion designer Annalise Farley. She has a great job (or she will once her designs are discovered), parents who only slightly disapprove, a cat that thinks she’s a dog, and a best friend…even if she hasn’t seen her in a while. But then Jake Maxwell saunters back into her life. Jake, the love god. Jake, her best friend’s older brother. Jake, who broke her heart at sixteen without realizing it, then left to become a pro surfer. Now he’s back, having taken the surfing and business worlds by storm, and he’s ready for a new challenge—catching the eye of another girl. And he wants Annalise’s help. Helping Jake land his next girlfriend is too fraught with emotional danger for her liking, but then Jake offers to put her designs in his shops. Is that the sound of her life cracking at the seams? It’s hard to tell with Jake smiling at her like she’s the only thing that makes him happy…
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This was an incredibly easy book to read. There was nothing that caused my emotions to swing violently, no major issues or heavy topics. It was warm, pleasant and... nice.
It is a story of people finding themselves and finding something more in the process. It had a different "feel," or flow, from a typical NA read and it was refreshing.
The fact the book was set in Australia made me happy for no other reason than I read so much NA and it is typically always set in America. The change of scenery was kickass, as was little things like mums being called mum instead of mom!
Jake and Annalise are both likeable characters and the romance between them is sweet, sexy and leaves you with a big crazy-pants smile on your face.
I enjoyed the changing view point between Jake and Annalise and I loved the premise of an unrequited teenage crush growing into something more for both of them.
A wonderful, feel good summer read!
(Review copy granted via Netgalley)