Mar 7, 2014jolene perry
All they have in common is that they’re less than perfect. And all they’re looking for is the perfect distraction.
Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
When you’re diagnosed with a medical condition, everything about your life changes. You recognize just how temporary life really is – and how to appreciate each moment as they occur because you may never have it again. You deny it. For a long time. It affects all aspects of not only your life, but the lives of those that love you as well.
It takes a while for Kate to learn that. Freshly dumped by her long-term boyfriend for another girl, Kate’s life has already been an up-and-down rollercoaster in the past year, as she’s been attempting to deal with the aftermath of a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Calorie counts, insulin shots, daily blood sugar level readings… It’s a hard thing to accept, knowing that this will be your life from now on.
Aiden is an Army man through and through. Enlisted after high school, he had hopes to make a career out of it. He’s only ever seen himself as a soldier. So this life isn’t exactly what he expected to come from his hopes with the army – freshly 19, back in the states living in his uncle’s garage, and… with only one arm and on the disabled list.
When Kate’s best friend (and Aiden’s cousin), sets the two up, neither expects to enjoy and admire the other as they do. Both have problems that they need to deal with before they can make any attempts at truly being together. But can they do it? Can they make peace within themselves and each other, especially before someone’s life is risked because of their secrecy?
I’m a nursing student. So, I’m probably incredibly biased when it comes to issues dealing with health and medical issues. The Summer I Found You was a hard read for me, but it did help in understanding the perspective of individuals in situations such as Kate and Aiden’s. Kate was really thoughtless with her diabetes. She ignored it, denied it, minimized it’s affect on her life – it makes me wonder a lot about her doctor and how he approached her diagnosis. I really, really, really, admired Aiden and his willingness to trust and open up to a person like Kate, even after his experiences overseas and his own disability, which he is unable to hide. The minor characters were great. I loved Kate’s parents, although I can sense why she saw them as overreacting – you can really recognize how much they care for that girl, and how wrecked they would be without her. Aiden’s family was wonderful as well.
For me, the romance was rushed – I just didn’t see two people with this many issues as the type to easily fall in love. I think the both of them could have used more time as friends, and that Kate should really have tried to undergo some teaching over her diabetes as it was clear that she really didn’t understand how greatly it affects her life. Nonetheless, I’m glad that the two found each other – they both needed someone to see them beyond their illnesses, beyond the ways their bodies are different. I feel like Aiden in particular really benefited from Kate’s presence, she truly made him want to be a better man. I would have liked to seen more character development on Kate’s end throughout the story. I feel as though her mentality was the same until the last few chapters of the book.
The Summer I Found You is a solid read, teaching us beyond romance and health: in life, you are dealt cards. These cards are completely random. But it is up to you to make the best out of them. And that is something that I recognized beyond the characters and their relationship, and for that reason I’m glad that I read The Summer I Found You. I’ve already read a few stories by Jolene Perry, and I will definitely consider reading her next ones as well. For those who enjoy YA/NA stories, The Summer I Found You may be worth the read!