High school teacher Summer Ames is trapped in the nightmare morning from hell. Her alarm clock didn't go off, she accidentally backed over the rosebush her grandfather gave her grandmother right before he accepted defeat against prostate cancer, she's wearing clothes she picked up off the floor, and when she opens the door to her classroom, the lights from the TV cameras nearly blind her. She's won Teacher of the Year, but unlike the past winners, she doesn't get a new car or a Hawaiian vacation or even new school supplies, she wins an over privileged quarterback with a bright smile and questionable intentions.
Clint Grayson is an NFL quarterback in need of a reputation makeover. If he has any hope of landing a hundred million dollar endorsement deal, it will take some pretty impressive PR for the public to forget the photos of his battered and bruised ex-girlfriend. In an attempt to polish his tarnished reputation, Clint agrees to be a high school class mentor.
When these two get together all hell breaks loose.
©2013 Katie Graykowski (P)2014 Katie Graykowski
"Awesome chick-lit read!!"
I am going to start this review by clarifying a point in the book blurb. The hero did not beat his ex-girlfriend. Yes he is at the school to clean up his image, but he is not a batterer. This is a key thing that should have been noted in the blurb. I almost did not read it because of the way it made him seem like a domestic abuser.
I love the book!! Summer is hysterical, I was laughing out loud all the time. You would not believe all the great lines I bookmarked!! She is spunky and self deprecating in all the best ways. The banter between her and Clint is awesome!! It was a delight watching them fall in love.
There is a bonus romance her too, I love that this author gives twofers!! The supporting romance has just as much growth and depth as the main romance. I loved seeing everything come together and relationships healed.
This is a mixed narrative, which means we get several POV throughout the read. Mostly it is Summer and Clint, but we get Lily and Davis as well. This helps give insight into the intricate dynamics at play. You were also able to see both sides of the relationship with mother and daughter. You might want to hate Lily at first, but it is difficult when you get to know her.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pam Dougherty, who is delightful. Her Southern accent is spot on and a soothing melody throughout the read. I enjoyed the tone and texture of her voices, both male and female. She has a great pace in the read and delivers plenty of energy. She is definitely going on my list of narrators to watch for!! She was perfectly suited to this book and its sweet and sassy comedy.
While I was loving this book for the most part, I wasn't keen on how much Summer put herself down. She was mostly not caring about her wight, until it came to this guy. But that is the plight of curvy girls in comtempo romances.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
Summer has won Teacher Of The Year!What is her prize,a car maybe?No,a football player who needs a boost in confidence.Listening to this audiobook and finding just whom,teaches who what was great!The narrator,Pam Dougherty, was a fab fit for this book.I now have the rest of the series in my wishlist!
I was gifted a copy through Audioblast for an honest review.
Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, as well as Katie Graykowski's other books. They are wonderful, humorous, and have a great story line. I loved the narrator Pam Dougherty, she is perfect for this book with her southern charm. I have listened to other books that were narrated by Pam and I just love her.
I really loved all of the characters, but I have say that my favorite was Summer's mother and her main/friend. They were fantastic and I loved them.
I loved the whole book, but my favorite scene was when Summer's mom brought her maid/friend to the party and she was fussing about how itchy the dress was and cussing, i loved when Summer's mom made her pay money for saying a cuss word, and she then gave her some money and told her to hold onto it because she would be cussing a lot more before the night was over.
I loved the book!
"More than just 'chick lit' ..."
I would absolutely listen to Perfect Summer again. Ms. Dougherty is the perfect narrator for books that take place in the South. She brings warmth to each of the characters in the book.
When Clint made an honest from the heart gift of goodwill to one of Summer's students.
I loved Summer. I connected with the character immediately. I feel/felt the same way she did growing up and with her relationship with her mother. I understood where she was coming from. Many moments felt like they were out of my own childhood/young adulthood. She really touched me.
At 11+ hours, listening to this book in one sitting maybe difficult unless you are on a long, long car ride. I broke it up into 2 1/2 days.
I really enjoyed Perfect Summer. I felt that Ms. Graykowski wrote an honest fictional story about body image and how it affects people. I've been thru many of the same situations that Summer had been in and I felt a connection with her. I would love to read more about Summer and Clint. A second book is needed!
"Big on romance and laughs!"
Katie Graykowski delivers a great read with big romance, larger-than-life characters and plenty of laughs.
Sparks fly when heart-throb quarter back Clint Grayson is assigned to mentor the students of sassy teacher, Summer Ames. Summer is all about helping disadvantaged kids and Clint is all about helping himself to some good PR, but neither is quite what they seem on the surface. This book has plenty of yummy sexual tension and great banter between the characters.
Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips are going to love Katie Graykowski!
"Poorly Narrated and Poorly Written"
This was my first purchase of a book by this author and I was very disappointed. The first adjustment I had to make was the fake Austin/Texas accent. It was difficult to listen to. It was also a much older voice than Summer would have. But I plowed onward.
We meet Summer who is, as the title indicates, perfect. She is slightly overweight, although imagines she is obese. She hates her mother, Lilly, with a passion, but loves her teaching job and her students. The books lists of her "do-good" activities and yet she doesn't participate in any of them throughout the book. It's odd.
When she wins Teacher of the Year, her prize is a famous quarterback, rather than a new car (the prize for past winners) who needs to reinvent his image for an endorsement deal. He becomes a mentor, although once a week sitting in the back of the classroom hardly qualifies as a mentor. She is disappointed, but seems to get over it in seconds, which is not credible. He falls in love with her in about the same amount of time. But if he mentioned her "naughty mouth" one more time I was going to get a headache. He does the same with her cleavage later on. It's ridiculous. And his fear of public speaking simply doesn't play well.
Realistic emotional navigation is not something this author did well in this book. After 30 years of verbal abuse by her mother (including measuring her level of fatness and then denying her dinner), Summer gets past is in minutes when Lilly shows up to Summer's classroom. And that's after Lilly delivers a bombshell announcement that, in reality, would leave anyone reeling for days if not for weeks.
The miscommunications between Summer and the football player are way off base. So are the ones between Lilly and her own boyfriend. Reasonably intelligent people at least stop and ask a question or two before walking away. The conclusions all these characters reach in nanoseconds are quick even for people who jump to assumptions.
Character development is minimal. Everything is superficial. There's no depth to anything, as evidenced by the lack of true emotional responses to anything. Even Lilly gets over her life-long blaming of her parents seemingly overnight. The most interesting character is Inez, Lilly's housekeeper, and she's a very minor character.
To top it off, the Graykowski must not do much cooking. A few of the cooking scenes make no sense at all. They follow absurd patterns that people who do cook would know simply don't happen. And I'm not talking about intimate scenes on a kitchen table. I'm talking about basic cooking logic, steps, and timing.
This was a disappointing book and I couldn't wait to get finished with it. I see Graykowski is a prolific writer, so perhaps her other novels are better. I, however, will not take a risk in buying any of them.
"Not one of Katie Graykowski's better stories"
Normally I love to read Katie Graykowski's books and get absorbed in the characters like sounded like an older women's voice, which was an initial turn-off. In addition, being a Texan who's lived in both Austin and Houston, the fake Texan accent of the narrator was like a burr under your skin - just plain irritating. The story line was, in my opinion, pretty absurd. Summer Ames, the heroine, had herself convinced that she was overly fat, at just 20 pounds overweight. Her weight problem is mentioned just about every 10 seconds and in my mind I came to see her as a grossly overweight girl instead of someone who could trim down if she just put her mind to it. I can't quite believe that a star quarterback, even one with a disabling fear of speaking to strangers and in public, would fall for an overweight, unattractive girl with a severe self-confidence problem.
There's too much in this story that's unbelievable and a narrator that doesn't match the characters. Skip this one and get one of Katie's other books instead.
"Fun and flirty"
It is a fun summer story with some funny moments, easy listening and a cool hero
"Cute romantic comedy"
Not bad! I enjoyed listening most of the time. Sometimes I wanted to SCREAM at Summer and her mother. Funny moments.
"A bit too much for my taste."
When I first started this book I was pretty excited. Here was a heroine that was not rail thin. Summer is plus-sized, tall, intelligent, and funny. Finally, a heroine I could relate to! But then it all went downhill. She's disgusted with her body (I could relate), but within a few days she has turned it all around and her confidence is through the roof. No, I'm sorry, but the level of disgust she has with her own body would not be resolved in a few days (I should know). And the really weird subplot involving Summer's mother. I felt tricked having to read that. No where in the description is her relationship mentioned, and I really didn't care. It didn't add much to the main romance and would have been better suited to a spin-off book.
I feel like Pam Dougherty was one of the better parts of the book. She really brought a sense of humor to the book, along with more personality than was written. She was clear and her pacing was great.
A bit too much for my taste.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
I love this author, and as this Is the start of what I consider to be a fantastic series ( wait till you get to number 3) I would say you are in for a real treat.
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