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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.With The Season of You and Me being my third experience with Robin Constantine, it now comes as no surprise how delightful I find her books. Cass and Bryan are another pair of endearing, fly-off-the-page characters whose faces you simply want to smash together, and The Season of You and Me is the perfect book to kick-start you into summer.
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.
We're all familiar with the trope of a girl heading into summer with the intentions of escaping a boy, only to find a love where she never expected. What makes The Season of You and Me more than its trope are the characters, both the main and the secondary.
Cassidy is frustrating at times, because she really is running away and can't seem to put aside a guy who treated her badly, but she's just genuinely a nice person. And we see that in how she deals with her family--her little brother in particular--the people she meets at Camp Manatee, and also especially in her relationship with Bryan. It's kind of hard to dislike someone who's just nice, right?
Bryan is different in that he's clearly a good person, but he's got a lot of pain, and a good deal of anger. He's had time to adjust, but the kind of change he's experienced can't be adjusted to quickly, and he's got some ways to go. He feels worth so much less than he used to be, and he comes to realize that not being able-bodied doesn't diminish anything about him--aside from the literal use of his less.
With the secondary, we've got a whole cast of friends who jockey for time, with Tori and Wade taking the biggest roles, and Cassidy's litter brother, Hunter, being adorable.
It's through these relationships (Bryan's with all of his friends, but Wade especially, and his kids at camp; Cassidy's with pretty much everyone) that we really get to know Bryan and Cass, and see just why they work. And this is why The Season of You and Me stands out. Certainly, you're treated to a comfortable summer romance, but there's no shortage of characters to love, either!
Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.