Friday, July 19, 2013

When Summer Ends by Isabelle Rae

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Createspace

Pages: 368pgs

The Story

Chloe Henderson has never been one to break the rules or push the boundaries… but during her summer break, she and her friends use fake IDs to sneak into a club. It’s there that she meets handsome and alluring bartender, Will Morris. The pair hit it off immediately, growing closer with every passing day. But as with every summer, it has to end sometime. 

Chloe’s senior year approaches and there’s a shock in store when she returns to do her final year at school. Will is there too, but he’s not one of her fellow students…

A tale of forbidden love, broken hearts, friendship, and rivalry.

The Review

I must say this book had caught my eye sometime last year but I didn't think it would be that interesting to read about. But judging by all of the high praising reviews I have seen over the last few months, I decided against what I thought initially of the book and went ahead to read it anyway (and it did also help that it was offered for free to read as well hehe). Turns out, despite all of the drama the characters had went through and all of the teenage angst, I actually really enjoyed this book and surprisingly I was totally sucked in right from the very first page.

WHEN SUMMER ENDS, for the main gist of it, is a story that revolves heavily around two strangers meeting at a bar and ultimately entering a romantic relationship soon afterwards. But unlike most relationships, this one starts off wrong, where the guy in this 'relationship' is a twenty-two-year-old and the girl he is slowly falling in love with is . . . well . . . a seventeen-year-old school girl which the guy doesn't find out until later. So already you can tell this is a wrong sort of relationship from the get-go and one that is based on lies. While I disapprove of the circumstances with how this relationship started, but along the way and when everyone finds out about the secrets they have been hiding, this relationship soon turns out to be one you were rooting for all the way and for me personally I just wanted these two characters, Will and Chloe, to get together despite the odds they were facing which includes them being a student and a teacher.

On a whole, this book was quite a solid one and I think the storyline was very well paced considering all of the drama and angst the book contained. And I think this particular book's strength came through the characters themselves or more specifically the main characters, Will and Chloe. Whether or not you condone their teacher-and-student relationship, ultimately Will was very well-written character and very mature for his age which was nice to see because he is a nice guy overall, and Chloe as well was again another well-written character and despite her many faults (especially when she continues to pursue Will even though Will is trying to hold back from their 'relationship') I still thought she complemented Will's character in a great way. But again, there's a lot of angst in this book and whether you're a fan of it or not, I think for a quick and completely addictive read, many girls out there will love this book and will fall for Will as well.

Overall, WHEN SUMMER ENDS may not exactly have a great message about underage relationships, but in the long-run I thought it was an awesome read and a very entertaining one at that. So I would highly recommend it to everyone!

The Rating
4 1/2 / 5 stars


  1. Is it so wrong that I do love student-and-teacher relationships in books as long as the guy isn't TOO old?

    I read this last year when it was first released and it looked really long but I DEVOURED it!

    The writing itself is pretty poor but I just got totally sucked into the sorry too. Most books with this kind of writing I would have given 3/5 but like you, I loved the story and characters so much I had to give this a 4.5 too (:

    1. *story too. Blah sorry haha!

      Great review (oops I forgot that bit LOL)

    2. LOL. Thank you! I don't mind the student-teacher thing because it's interesting to read about, but I don't like it if the teacher is too old. That would be too awkward hehe. But yeah, like you I was hooked with this book without even meaning to be hooked, you know?


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