Published: May 2017
Age Category: Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm’s summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever—which includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town. Setting out to do everything on Storm’s list along with her sisters best friend Cameron—the boy next door—who knew that Storm’s dream summer would eventually lead to Anna’s own self-discovery?
I really liked reading this book. It was a quick and easy read. Unfortunately, I did have some problems with it but overall it was a good read.
It was a little bit sad learning about Anna. All her life, she had looked up to her strong older sister and followed in her footsteps. Now, without Storm, Anna was lost. When she found the list, she was adamant she had to finish it for her sister. She was hoping she’d be able to continue following her sister. The book was mainly about self-discovery. It was about Anna finding how to live without someone to guide her. It was about her making her own decisions and creating a new path for herself instead of following the one her sister went down. It was also kind of sad that the two sisters had grown apart. Reaching high school, the both kind of went their own ways. It was upsetting that they didn’t have such a strong bound any more. Also, a couple of times, Anna was finding out new things about her sister. It was sad she didn’t know those things. She used to know everything about Storm.
Cameron was the boy next door and Storm’s best friend. Anna used to play with the two when they were younger also but, like with her sister, they grew apart. It was nice to see the two coming together to finish this list in remembrance of Storm. They bonded once again through their grief. It was nice that Cameron was helping Anna. The only thing that bothered me- which at first I thought would get better but didn’t- was that we didn’t really get to know Cameron. I really wanted to get to know him.
You can’t follow and love a romance between two characters if you don’t know one of them. It’s like falling in love with a stranger. I didn’t know who exactly Anna was falling in love with or why she was falling in love with him. Just because I didn’t know him. I think- and not to spoil anything- but it went all too quickly from friendship to something more. There wasn’t really a slow development phase, it was all just BAM, LOVE! ACCEPT IT!
I didn’t really know what to think of Piper. Throughout the whole book, I didn’t really like her. We did find out a little more about her near the end of the book and see another side to her but all in all, she just wasn’t that great. But, we didn’t get to see that much of her. Unlike Cameron, we could judge on what we say and what we saw wasn’t that great.
Jovani, Anna’s ex-boyfriend, was a character I actually liked. When he was introduced, there was actually no introduction, just a name. But, soon we learned who he was. He was kind and loved Anna. He was a good, solid character. He gave her good advice and pushed her to fix things when she wanted to run from them.
Her aunt Morgan. She was probably the best character. She was one of those cool aunts. She let Anna do what she had to do and gave Anna her freedom but also made her check in everyday, helped out when they needed it and offered advice. She was a nice character.
Lastly, her parents. There’s no really much to say about them. They disappear pretty quickly in the story, taking a couples grief holiday so we don’t really learn much. I couldn’t really form any opinions on them but the fact I need to point out is: they left their only other child who was also grieving to take a holiday to help with their grievance. But, what about Anna? Was she just supposed to get over it? She’d lost as much as they had.
As for the plot, it was pretty basic. They took a road trip to one destination, make some pit-stops then continued. There was nothing that really complicated the story up until the end. The end: GUYS. There’s a twist. I’m just warning you. I didn’t really see it coming. Beware.
All in all, I really enjoyed this story and I would recommend it to anyone who like a good road trip romance. Despite it being about Anna grieving, it was quite light and nowhere near sob-worthy.
P.S. GUYS, the cover. Love it. Also, for all my fellow romance lovers: she captioned each photo. Not to spoil anything but this one’s my favourite: “It wasn’t the same without him.” AWWW.