May 17, 2011

Sunshine Lovin' • Summer in the City

Summer in the City book cover
Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: June 27, 2006
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

Athletic Jamie isn't sure about spending the summer in the city with her romance–novel–writing mum. But when she meets irresistible Josh, Jamie realizes she could probably use all the romance advice she can get!

Though I'm technically an adult, there's still a certain charm to reading chick lit meant for an age group younger than me. Elizabeth Chandler delivers one of the better examples of this particular genre in Summer in the City.  I don't think I was expecting to feel the way I did about the book - I ended up really loving it! 

We have a cast of fascinating characters, from athletic Jamie, her romance novelist mother, her new friend Mona, her next door neighbor-turned crush Andrew and her lacrosse coach Josh. They all seemed to be people I would get along with in real life, and were depicted quite wonderfully in the book. (My favorite character was Josh, of course. He's quite the hottie.) And the setting was Baltimore, Maryland, so obviously, Summer in the City found a soft spot since I was born quite near there. 

I really enjoyed the little love story in this novel and just how it plays out. I think it was brilliant how Elizabeth Chandler managed to weave the obvious in a not-so-obvious way. I felt like I knew what was going to happen, but that what I thought would happen could change at any time. And when it finally played out the way I thought it would, I was incredibly happy. 

I could not stop re-reading the whole kiss scene. (If you've read the book, you'd know what I was talking about. If you haven't, well then, you'll just have to read it, won't you?) It sent a tingle down my spine, made my heart flutter and all those other romantic cliches. To say that the tension has been building between these two characters almost since the very beginning of the book is an understatement. I'm still so glad it played out the way I wanted it too! All in all, Summer in the City was a charming read - perfect for summer, or a lazy day at the beach or park.


  1. I really like this book. I liked that it had a lot of stuff going on at once, but it all just fit together. Jamie was a cool main character too.

    1. Agreed! I actually pick this book up now and again just to read that bit before the ending. I'm sure you know which one I'm talking about ;)

  2. Ohhh this sounds super cute! I hadn't even heard of it before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! It sounds adorable.


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