Someone Else's Summer by Rachel Bateman

Someone Else's Summer

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 I...

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Someone Else's Summer Reviews

  • Gina

    ***

    I reaaaally loved this book. It's become obvious now that I love books with adventure in them.

    This contained an adventure in the process of bereavement.

    It's about Anna who has lost her sister

    ***

    I reaaaally loved this book. It's become obvious now that I love books with adventure in them.

    This contained an adventure in the process of bereavement.

    It's about Anna who has lost her sister in a car accident right after the latter's graduation.

    When Anna finds her sister's journal and sees a list with adventures she'd wanted to do that Summer, Anna decides to do the list for her. This she does with long time childhood friend Cameron.

    The list contains stuff like "Get a tattoo", "kiss in the rain" or "climb a lighthouse" or "go on a roadtrip",...

    I think the list has been fulfilled in a beautiful way, I really felt Anna's grief throughout this book but I also felt her determination and bravery which is great.

    I loved her as a character just as I

    Cameron and her Aunt Morgan.

    Actually if I'm quite honest, I liked all characters. There isn't a single character that I didn't like.

    Just as there wasn't a single page I didn't like in this book.

    It's brought over in such a good way and it's written so smoothly and easy to read. You don't have to think too much with this book. The ending also had an aspect I did NOT see coming so that was greatly appreciated.

    The relationship between Anna and Cameron was to die for as was her's with Piper and Jovani. Basically this is the kind of summer I'd want myself,

    the loss of my sister of course. She can stay right here by my side, alive and breathing.

    I'm not going to say that this was outstanding or extraordinarily original, no it wasn't. But it was good. I would 100% recommend this book if you like contemporary or just adventure.

    's book is coming out

    and I strongly advice you all to put it on your wishlist.

    (Bc have you seen the cover btw?! It's GORGEOUS.)

  • Hedi [ The Dutch Reader ]

    Blogreview:

    *A copy was given to me by Netgally for a honest review*

    "#15 Be brave with my life"

    This was everything and more. A heartbreaking and warming story about a girl who loses her best friend, her other half.. her sister. Anna lost her sister right after gratuation and her life just stood still. She doesnt know were to begin, everything was going well.. her sister was healthy again and now this a simple car accident took her from everything. In the s

    Blogreview:

    *A copy was given to me by Netgally for a honest review*

    "#15 Be brave with my life"

    This was everything and more. A heartbreaking and warming story about a girl who loses her best friend, her other half.. her sister. Anna lost her sister right after gratuation and her life just stood still. She doesnt know were to begin, everything was going well.. her sister was healthy again and now this a simple car accident took her from everything. In the summer Anna finds a bucketlist in Storm's room with 15 things she wanted to do that summer before she went to collage. Togheter with Storm's best friend and Anna's childhoodfriend Camaron she sets out to compleed that list for her.

    The list contains stuff like "Get a tattoo", "kiss in the rain" or "climb a lighthouse" or "go on a roadtrip",... Its was amazing how you felt the grieve both Anna and Camaron felt after Storm passed. Everything they did was with a purpose, they wanted to keep her close. I loved how beautifully Rachel stold the story of Anna and her way to get over the lose of her sister, but also becoming her own person. I couldn't get enough of the relationship between Camaron and Anna, also her Aunt Morgan and her best friend Piper.

    There wasn't a character I didn't like to be honest. It was just so well written, you could see every different point of view were every character was coming from.

    The book was just easy to read, you just flew through the pages. It brought me sadness, happiness and romantique. Its was just everything you wanted from a story. It didn't repeat itself, it stayed new and refreshing everytime you turned the page. Everytime you went from a chapter you got something you didn't knew was going to happen. Also the ending blew me away, i never saw it coming and it broke my heart al over again.

    Basically this is the summer book you want to read, this is the summer you want to enjoy with your friend (minus losing someone important to you). This book is everything and more, it would be a wast to not read it!

    "I can live my life, I think. Even without her, I can live my life. She'll be with me forever, the one I want to tell my life to first, the one who will shape my future without a word."

  • Karen

    SOMEONE ELSE'S SUMMER BY RACHEL BATEMAN

    On the night of Storm's graduation from high school she insists on driving herself home and is killed in a one car accident. Storm's younger sister Anna and her parent's get that dreaded phone call and their life changes forever. After the funeral and some time passes Anna's parents tell Anna that it is time to sell Storm's car. This upsets Anna and she tells her parent's that she would like to keep it. Then her mother announces that she doesn't want Anna d

    SOMEONE ELSE'S SUMMER BY RACHEL BATEMAN

    On the night of Storm's graduation from high school she insists on driving herself home and is killed in a one car accident. Storm's younger sister Anna and her parent's get that dreaded phone call and their life changes forever. After the funeral and some time passes Anna's parents tell Anna that it is time to sell Storm's car. This upsets Anna and she tells her parent's that she would like to keep it. Then her mother announces that she doesn't want Anna driving because she is afraid the same thing could happen to Anna.

    Anna and her sister where very close growing up together with 'their next door neighbor Cameron. Before Anna entered high school and joined the cheerleading squad it was always the three of them hanging around together. As Anna enters high school she makes her own way and Storm and Cameron are still best friends. Anna passes Storm's room one day and decides to go into Storm's room where she finds Storm's journal with a Summer bucket list. Anna begins to feel better and this helps her heal. She decides to do all of the things Storm wrote down on her list. One night she takes the journal outside and climbs their old treehouse with the journal and Cameron happens to climb the treehouse and they decide to do everything on the list together.

    Anna tells her father about the list and explains that she won't be able to do most of the things on the list if she can't drive. Her father allows Anna to do the list and agrees that she can drive but he tells Anna not to tell her mother. The Pastor is visiting Anna's parent's and after he leaves her parents tell Anna that they are going away for a few weeks for a retreat. The retreat is designed to have workshops and groups for grieving parents. Anna's Aunt Morgan moves into Anna's house while her parents are away. Aunt Morgan has always been the go to person whenever Anna has had a problem. Anna explains to her Aunt Morgan the situation and her Aunt allows Anna to go on a road trip with Cameron to complete the list.

    This was probably the best Young Adult book I have ever read. It is not depressing it is inspirational. The writing was lovely and flowed seamlessly. It is all dialogue which I enjoyed rather than books I have read that alternate chapter's with the various character's points of view. It was refreshing that this author didn't use that all too common writing device. I really loved the character's in this book. I think the author is talented to write a book that handles the subject matter of Anna's sister's death, but writes it in a warm and gentle way. I loved watching Anna grow and evolve in this story. Anna does the bucket list to honor her sister, but grows as a person by living the best life she can for her and her sister.

    Thank you to Net Galley, Rachel Bateman and Running Press Publishing for providing me with my digital copy for a fair and honest review.

  • Holly

    The cover is what drew me in. It's very nostalgic:) This was a sweet contemporary coming of age story. After Anna's sister dies, she finds a notebook of what Storm's perfect summer would have been. So Anna decides to live this out for her with the help of Storm's best friend, Cameron. I loved the premise but I never felt a connection with the story. I liked Anna well enough but even though Cameron was also in the main story, I felt I didn't get to know him. He seemed like a good guy, too. As far

    The cover is what drew me in. It's very nostalgic:) This was a sweet contemporary coming of age story. After Anna's sister dies, she finds a notebook of what Storm's perfect summer would have been. So Anna decides to live this out for her with the help of Storm's best friend, Cameron. I loved the premise but I never felt a connection with the story. I liked Anna well enough but even though Cameron was also in the main story, I felt I didn't get to know him. He seemed like a good guy, too. As far as Anna goes, she had a lot of grief to come to terms with. She could be angry, sad, selfish, but I still liked her. Although, if I was her I would dump Piper as a best friend!

    A good summer contemporary novel that deals with death and the coming of age through it all.

    **Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Esther

    This book gave me a summer-feeling, and I even forgot the hars subject of a sister dying at some points. It was a nice read. Not the greatest ever, but I enjoyed reading it.

    The book gave me a real summerfeeling. The title of the book totally fits it and I love the scenery where the story takes part. At some points I could even smell the sea and it made me l

    This book gave me a summer-feeling, and I even forgot the hars subject of a sister dying at some points. It was a nice read. Not the greatest ever, but I enjoyed reading it.

    The book gave me a real summerfeeling. The title of the book totally fits it and I love the scenery where the story takes part. At some points I could even smell the sea and it made me long for summer! I was reading this book inside while rain was poring down outside...

    It's a real light read, this book. At some point I had to read 20% to end the book and that went rather fast. I finished the book within the hour. My kindle knows my reading speed and overall it took me around 4 hours to finish the book.

    This book is nicely written, that's also why it feels like a light read. You rush through the pages and totally get into the story because of the writing style. I never had to re-read a sentence because I didn't get it or because I didn't understand that one word.

    Anna is coping with serious mood swings. At some points in the book she is mad with Cameron and then a page later she is totally happy and laughing with him. I felt that if she was really mad, they would speak about the issue more or she would take her time off to think. Because she forgot about being angry so fast, it felt more like moodswings to me.

    I don't know if the plot was meant to be shocking or a surprise, but I knew before the revelation in the book. It didn't feel shocking to me at all, but it has a big impact on Anna. The way she deals with it was a more interesting part for me.

    This book needed to feel light and summery and that's why everything is so easy, I guess. Two teenagers leaving for a road trip, paying for all those expensive things. Everybody on the way being nice to them, not one bit of bad luck along the way. I think the book couldn't be this light read if it wasn't all that easy, but sometimes it gnawed at me. So at the one side it's a good thing, but sometimes I felt my mind wandering off and thinking how easy it all went.

    It's a compliment to Rachel Bateman that a book with such a harsh subject can turn into a light summer read. I really think this book would be a great script for a movie with the beautiful scenery. It's not a bad book at all, felt like a quick, light read for me.

  • Beatrice Masaluñga

    is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Anna whose older sister died in a car accident on her graduation night. Storm is a cancer survivor and she looks up to her for being brave. When she found Storm's bucket list and goes on a road trip with Storm's best friend, Cameron. In honor of her sister's memory, she'll fulfill the things listed on Storm's bucket list.

    To be honest, it's quite an up and down for me. The story i

    is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Anna whose older sister died in a car accident on her graduation night. Storm is a cancer survivor and she looks up to her for being brave. When she found Storm's bucket list and goes on a road trip with Storm's best friend, Cameron. In honor of her sister's memory, she'll fulfill the things listed on Storm's bucket list.

    To be honest, it's quite an up and down for me. The story is cliche and some parts are a bit boring. Anna is a good protagonist but I couldn't connect with her and as for the male protagonist, Cameron is somewhat bland. They may have cute moments together but not enough to give me butterflies. When it comes to road trip stories, I want to feel as if I'm travelling with them as well and this book failed to make me feel it.

  • BookishBoy

    Warning, major spoilers ahead!

    The beginning of this book was really good. I liked the characters, I liked the story, so I would certainly like the rest of it. I was mistaken. Even thought there are many things I liked about Someone Else's Summer I can't ignore the few things I didn't particularly enjoyed.

    This is the standard summer read. There's no major obstacles and everything goes really smoothly, too smoothly to be realistic even, like most summer stories. I liked the writing even thought it

    Warning, major spoilers ahead!

    The beginning of this book was really good. I liked the characters, I liked the story, so I would certainly like the rest of it. I was mistaken. Even thought there are many things I liked about Someone Else's Summer I can't ignore the few things I didn't particularly enjoyed.

    This is the standard summer read. There's no major obstacles and everything goes really smoothly, too smoothly to be realistic even, like most summer stories. I liked the writing even thought it was weird at times: the "sexy" moments were just cringy. I mean ewww. It was like walking inside your big brother's room, opening his laptop and BLAM! Porn. I felt very uncomfortable and just wanted to wash my hands. It's soooo specific, soooo detailed.

    Also, the romance? Anna ends up with Cam, her dead sister's best friend??? What. The. Fuck. That's so wrong. If I was Storm, I would be sure to haunt these two so so badly. Ugh, gross.

    The main characters are super basic: The female protagonist, who's just someone in the crowd, who doesn't deserve to be the main character because she's not interesting enough, despite being ~naturally beautiful~ and "omg a random stranger thinks I'm pretty (s)he must be joking because I never looked at myself in the mirror" And of course, don't forget the love interest: nerdy guy (who doesn't even prove that he's nerdy except for wearing glasses??? Glasses = Nerd? Makes sense.) that is conveniently super hot and charming with weird mood swings. Who wants to read about a love interest who's not hot??

    There are good stuff, like Storm as a character and... Wow, I think that's all, really.

    It wasn't unique, so it wasn't memorable. Also, ANNA SLEEPS WITH HER DEAD SISTER'S BEST FRIEND. HER DEAD SISTER'S. WTF.

    Ps: You can't just have a brunette on the cover of the freaking book and then tell me she's blonde. Get it together, y'all.

    Ps2: Cameron and Anna will break up in like one year tops anyway. Wasn't worth it...

    Buy, Borrow, or Bin Verdict: Borrow and kinda regret it.

  • Tanja Voosen

    Im Sommer lese ich gerne leichte Geschichten fürs Herz und der Titel des Romans hat mir genau das versprochen. Glücksspuren im Sand ist ein "Bucketlisten-Buch", was bedeutet die Protagonistin möchte im Verlauf der Handlung eine persönliche Liste mit Aufgaben erfüllen. Diese Thematik ist keineswegs neu und gibt es in unzähligen Jugendbüchern, aber Autorin Rachel Bateman hat es geschafft trotzdem eine unterhaltsame Story zu erschaffen.

    Insgesamt 15 Aufgaben stehen auf der Liste von Storm. Storm - d

    Im Sommer lese ich gerne leichte Geschichten fürs Herz und der Titel des Romans hat mir genau das versprochen. Glücksspuren im Sand ist ein "Bucketlisten-Buch", was bedeutet die Protagonistin möchte im Verlauf der Handlung eine persönliche Liste mit Aufgaben erfüllen. Diese Thematik ist keineswegs neu und gibt es in unzähligen Jugendbüchern, aber Autorin Rachel Bateman hat es geschafft trotzdem eine unterhaltsame Story zu erschaffen.

    Insgesamt 15 Aufgaben stehen auf der Liste von Storm. Storm - das war Annas Schwester. Anna - das ist unsere Protagonistin. Sie und ihre Familie leiden sehr unter dem Verlust und Anna möchte den Sommer über die letzten Träume ihrer Schwester erfüllen und dabei vielleicht selber #15 Mutig leben. Begleitet wird sie bei ihrer Reise von Cam, welcher ein Freund der beiden Schwestern ist. Die drei kannten sich alle seitdem sie klein waren.

    Wie das bei solch einem Buch üblich ist, begibt sich die Protagonistin auf eine Art Road-Trip und hakt unterwegs Aufgaben von der Liste ab. Ein kleines Abenteuer hier, eine Selbsterkenntnis da ... ja, solche Geschichten sind einfach gestrickt und wenig überraschend zu lesen, aber Glücksspuren im Sand geht einfach mitten ins Herz. Anna ist eine ganz tolle Protagonistin gewesen, die zwar nicht genau weiß, was sie mit ihrem Leben anfangen möchte, aber dennoch selbstbewusst und offen mit ihren Stärken und Schwächen umgeht. Sie ist der Wind in Cams Segeln und treibt beide voran, damit Storms Liste wahr wird. Dabei kommen sich Anna und Cam näher, doch am Ende geschieht eine kleine Wende, welche die Beziehung der beiden ordentlich auf die Probe stellt.

    Die Aufgaben der Liste sorgen für ein paar coole Szenarien und sommerliche Stimmung während des Lesen. Und ob man es glaubt oder nicht, hin und wieder wird man sogar ein bisschen wehmütig, wenn einen Annas Gedanken zum Nachdenken anregen.

    Im Roman gibt es allerlei Klischees, aber sie waren meiner Meinung nach amüsant umgesetzt. Ich musste kein einziges Mal mit den Augen rollen, habe stattdessen geschmunzelt und ein wenig geseufzt, weil die Liebesgeschichte so niedlich war.

    Etwas, das mir persönlich gefehlt hat war die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Tod von Annas Schwester. Ich hätte es schön gefunden, wenn die Autorin sich etwas mehr Zeit genommen hätte, um dem Ganzen mehr Raum zu geben. Anna denkt zwar sehr oft an Storm, aber ihre Gefühle wurden nur oberflächlich angeritzt, was ich etwas schade fand. Ich verstehe, dass das Buch eine positive Message haben soll und diese war auch echt gelungen, aber besonders gegen Ende fehlte mir ein bisschen der Schlenker zurück zu Storm.

    Fazit

    Insgesamt ist Glücksspuren im Sand eine schöne Contemporary Geschichte mit einer tollen Botschaft und einer süßen Liebesgeschichte. Ein Bucketlisten-Buch bleibt zwar ein Bucketlisten-Buch und wartet daher nicht mit überraschenden Wenden auf, aber die Figuren sind so liebenswert und die Stimmung so herrlich sommerlich, dass man sich beim Lesen nicht daran stört. Wer etwas Leichtes für den Sommer sucht ist hier richtig!

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