Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: My Bittersweet Summer by Starla Huchton

Margaret Walsh worked for six years to overcome the trauma she endured at the hands of bullies as a kid, and graduation promises the chance to start over in college and leave the past behind her for good.

What was supposed to be her last summer of fun before moving to Paris turns into a nightmare as her parents announce they're taking over management of a restaurant in the New England beach town where she spent her childhood. For them, it's an amazing possibility. For her, it means confronting memories - and people - she'd rather forget.
Margie's all grown up now, but some things never change. When Zach Robinson insists he's not the bully she remembers, it's all she can do not to laugh. Still, if she's learned anything over years, it's that everyone deserves an opportunity to be better.
Even lost causes need second chances, but with her heart on the line, asking her to bet on a long shot might take more faith than she's willing to give.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters of this story. At times I found Margaret to be a little off putting and wanted to tell her to let go. Then I would end up feeling badly for her at times but I wasn't able to fully connect with her character.  Plus the hero Zach didn’t do much for me either his whole reasoning for his actions in the past  and ‘feelings’ for the heroine  didn't sit well for me. I didn’t feel any kind of chemistry between the characters either. I’m picky about YA books and I really thought this one would be a hit for me but sadly it didn't meet my expectations.

What did you like about this audiobook?

Let me start off by saying I loved how she portrayed Margaret ’s character in this audio book. I felt her inner struggles with her anxiety and trying to keep herself from cracking.  Certain parts in the audio book I wanted to reach in and give Margot a hug and tell her it was going to be okay. The narrator really made me feel while I was listening to those scenes.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
My main issue was the narrator seem to use the same voice for all the young male characters. At times I couldn’t tell Zach and Carter apart and it did get a little confusing.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."


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