Review: Perfectly Summer by Robin Daniels

Posted April 9, 2018 by Lillian in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Perfectly Summer by Robin DanielsPerfectly Summer by Robin Daniels
Series: The Perfect Series #3
Published by Bluefields on 2017-11-28
Length: 322 pages
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Reading Challenges: 2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Summer vacation is Levi London’s favorite time of the year. Each summer, he and his brothers are shipped off to Florida to stay with their grandparents. For ten weeks everything is perfect. He has freedom, fun, and Summer West—the cute and spunky girl across the street—for whom he’s planned to confess his giant crush.

Right before the London boys are scheduled to leave, a scandalous family situation causes their mom to accompany them on vacation. Not only does Levi’s fun quotient promise to take a nose dive, but all the drama has him feeling less than his normal happy self.

Summer decides that Levi needs a distraction, in the form of a prank war. But he gets more than he bargains for when his older brother Lucas is both better at pranking and determined to date Summer too. Levi is a peacekeeper, but he isn’t sure he can mediate his family’s struggles or strike the right balance between mischief and romance. Especially when Lucas keeps reminding him that all is fair in love and war.

*** This book may contain negative triggers for people with a family history of infidelity.***

Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, crude humor, and kissing. This book has no sex, written or implied, between any of the teenage characters and has no explicit language. However, the family conflict revolves around adultery between the parents. While it is not highly descriptive, sex is discussed multiple times with regard to adult relationships. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

LOVED this book!!! Perfectly Summer by Robin Daniels is the third installment in The Perfect Series, and this time focuses on Levi London and his crush on his best friend Summer. I’m a sucker for best friend romances anyways so it wasn’t a stretch for me to fall in love with Levi and Summer. Fraught with drama, Perfectly Summer is a sweet read that will leave you smiling long after you finish it.

The book begins with Levi excitedly getting off the school bus on the last day of school only to find both his parents at home. His mother is upset, locked in the bathroom. His father is in a state of undress, and an unknown young woman is leaving their house. You can connect the dots from there. His mother tells him and his brothers to pack their bags that they won’t be coming back. Devastated and confused at what has occurred, Levi and his brothers do as asked, and their summer vacation to their grandparents is not what it usually is since their mother plans to stay.

The entire story is told from Levi’s perspective, and I found that refreshing. There isn’t enough YA contemporary from male perspectives in my opinion. Levi is smart, kind and compassionate. As the middle child, he plays peacekeeper between his older and younger brothers. The only person he lets his guard down with is his best friend Summer, who happens to be his grandparents’ neighbor and the reason he looks forward to summer break at their house every year.

Summer is a year younger than Levi, a little immature, and completely clueless to her best friend’s crush. Though I’m not totally convinced that she doesn’t feel the same from the get-go. She’s sarcastic, an instigator, and the perfect compliment to Levi. I really like her, even if she is crushing on Levi’s older brother Lucas.

The plot of this book is two-fold as it focuses mainly on Levi’s crush. He has competition with his brother Lucas who has finally taken a notice in Summer. BUT rather than feel defeated at the prospective of losing her to him, Levi decides to let his intentions be known subtly. I liked this. Summer has to choose between her longtime crush and best friend and it isn’t easy. Not to mention the prank war that she came up with to cheer Levi up 😀 It brings levity to an otherwise sad plot revolving around infidelity.

Overall I really enjoyed Perfectly Summer. I liked Levi and Summer, their sweet friendship, and his infatuation with her. I found myself rooting for him, laughing at the pranks, and even tearing up at the parents’ situation. I highly recommend this book (and the entire series) to anyone that enjoys sweet, YA contemporary romance. While this book can be read as a standalone, characters from the previous books do pop up in this one so I recommend starting with book one 😉

About Robin Daniels

Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point she was instructed to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid.

Robin is also a sucker for home design shows and magazines, and has a very co-dependent relationship with a certain diet soda who's brand shall not be named. (Though anyone with a similar problem could probably guess which one.)


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