Title: August and Everything After
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
“Summer on the New Jersey shore offers Quinn a new start at life and love, but only if she can come to terms with her past
Graduation can’t come soon enough. Desperate for a fresh start, Quinn is eager to escape to her aunt’s house on the New Jersey shore for the summer…away from teenage drama and having to answer everyone’s questions about “what comes next” after high school.
Quinn can’t bear to focus on the future. She doesn’t even think she deserves one—not after her best friend died in a car accident that Quinn feels responsible for. But when Quinn meets Malcolm, a musician who has been trying to escape his own demons, she starts to believe in second chances.” (Goodreads)
I picked this one up from the Dollar Tree because it sounded good and how can you go wrong when it’s a dollar? Even though I went into this a bit unsure for the very reason of it being a dollar, haha, I still was a bit disappointed by this book.
From the beginning, we are introduced to Quinn who is staying with her aunt over the summer because of trouble back home. She falls in love easily and the boys never feel the same. They just want to hit it and quit it.. Quinn also almost gets squished to death by a tree while locking lips with her student teacher. It’s not really what I want to read at the beginning of a book. Or maybe I do because then I could DNF. Teacher/student relationships is a no-go subject for me. Even though this is the case I still went on hoping the book would get better and I was reading it for a read-a-thon.
The plot is filled with a lot of drama and harsh topics that feel glossed over and only used for the sake of the plot and to give some form of twist but I just wasn’t in love with how everything played out. The topics included miscarriage, student/teacher relationships, death of friends, and drug/alcohol addiction. At times I did find myself being okay with the plot and characters but then it would become filled with drama again and I’d just lose interest.
I was hoping to feel something for the romance but sadly it was insta-love followed by “I’m not ready. I can’t be in a relationship” and her getting a broken heart again. The buildup for the romance wasn’t there and I felt no connection towards it. I could have cared less if they stayed together or not. The love interest is meh and I feel like Quinn could have done better.
As someone who enjoys endings that wrap things up, this one just didn’t work for me. I feel like it was somewhat of a happy ending but also there wasn’t much for a conclusion when it came to them.
Overall, this was okay but sadly not for me.