Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months' time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.
As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app - and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.
©2015 Seth King (P)2015 Tantor
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"Sad But A Little Cynical"
This book is sad. It reminds of 2 other very popular books, with it's own twists. The characters were a little cynical for my taste and maybe even a little negative at times but I guess that's what made them realistic. I completely understand why Summer came off negative considering her life but I didn't love how they both seemed to think everyone was awful and purposely throwing their happiness in their faces just because they had things that they wanted to have in their lives. Summer disliked others because they had what she wanted which didn't make me see her in an inspiring light at all. I think the story was supposed to leave me feeling like, this girl who lived a hard life was strong and inspiring because of her illness but It left me feeling like she thought because she wasn't happy others shouldn't be either. But I will say she redeemed herself in my eyes with her message toward the end, that was the first time I think she thought of anyone else. I know this book was adored by many and I did enjoy it, but I didn't fall for the characters the way every one else did, nope, not even a single tear, but it did leave me with a heavy heart. I liked the narration a lot and am glad they had dual narration, I think it brought a lot to the story.
Story 3.5 Stars
Narration 4.5 Stars
"BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!"
I don't usually review books...who has the time. But this book gutted me and lifted me all at once. It deserves pretty words of thanks for such a remarkable journey! Thank you for the honor of reading this book!
A Heart-wrenching tale of an amazing love we can all only dream of, hope for, and pray to really be true ❤️
"An ABSOLUTE MUST listen to Audible"
Is it possible we can have another 5 star review for The Summer Remains?
YES we can!
From the moment Seth announced that is was available on Audible, I jumped on it! I am a HUGE audible fan. When I am driving to work, walking my dog, cleaning my bathroom or like today, taking my 17-year-old son for a week-long college visit. Yup - I am a glutton for punishment. I listened to the last 4 hours of this book to and from dropping my oldest child off at a college. Having a child old enough to stay at a college for a week in itself would have me as a blubbering mess, but I thought I would add to my misery so I listened to The Summer Remains.
Amy Landon has done our Summer so proud. She shifted seamlessly from Summer, to the sweet southern Shelly, to Autumn to Cooper. She WAS Summer. Her narration was one of the best I have ever listened to. I LOVED the book and was so hoping the narrators would do it justice, and well, Amy has!
Then I heard Zach. This narrator has captured the voice that was in my head. He WAS Cooper. He had my heart a-breaking and the tears a-flowing. Thank goodness my husband was driving because it would not have been safe situation for anyone if I was driving while listening to Cooper/Zach.
I am so excited for Seth King to have found such amazing voices for his amazing characters and again, I can't wait for more from Seth!
How to choose! Summer is just and amazing character and to have found such a friend in Cooper - so I refuse to choose!
I want to meet Cooper, take him in my arms and thank him for being such an amazing person. An amazing friend to Summer and an amazing son to his mother. This poor man has been dealt some tough cards and has continued to be positive and giving and loving. He needs a good friend and I am willing!
I absolutely loved the book and wasn't sure I could like it any more than I did....then I listened to the audible. These characters where perfect choices/voices for Summer and Cooper
"Wonderful, heartbreaking, beautiful love!"
I loved every single thing about this book. A definite MUST read. Wabi sabi....there is beauty in the imperfections.
Seth has made me feel at again, I thought I was numb forever. Thank you , I will live on.
thos book should have been titled, "I have a scar". too much introspection for me.
"WOW JUST WOW"
I JUST LOVED THE STORY HAD ME IN TEARS LIKE A BABY. THE STORY IS WRITTEN SO WELL FANTASTIC.
THE LOVE STORY WAS AMAZING AND THE WORDING WAS SPOT ON. SUCH A HEART FELT STORY LOVED IT COMPLETELY
EVERYTHING THEY BECAME THE CHARACTERS. AMY DID A GREAT JOB WITH THE MALE VOICE. ZACH JUST HAD ME IN FLOODS OF TEARS LOVE HIS VOICE.
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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE LISTENED TO IN A LONG TIME.
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