“Breathtaking. I am in love with this story.” – Schmexy Girl Book Blog
“A masterpiece. This story is not just a breath of fresh air, but a different kind of oxygen.” – Bookslapped
“The most beautiful thing I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I am changed.” – We Solemnly Swear Book Blog
“The Summer Remains was probably one of the most beautiful and heartfelt books I’ve ever had the chance to read. You don’t read something this extraordinary without having it change you.” – The Never Ending Book Basket
“I read (The Summer Remains) twelve hours ago and it has already impacted my life. There are no words to explain it. You just have to experience it yourself.” – Cover to Cover Book Blog
Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.
As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app – and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.
Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.
I remember the exact words I said to my friend about a new up and coming author named Seth King; “You have to read him. Keep your eye on this guy. He’s a fantastic writer, young, talented, good looking (yes I noticed). Seth King will be a fucking rockstar.”
After finishing The Summer Remains I was hit with a massive realization, one buried underneath the trails of Kleenex’s from my couch to my bedroom; I completely undersold him. In fact now as I sit here, writing this review, eyes still swollen, I’m at a complete loss of words at just how to describe him in a way that will give him any justice. So maybe as I continue to write, by the end of it I will have decided how to properly give him his dues.
Summer has been dealt a shit hand, which is actually probably the biggest of understatements, but I feel like that is how Summer would describe it. She has been living with a life threatening condition, Esophogeal Intresia (IT’S NOT CANCER) and has three months to try and immerse herself in some type of normalcy before she has to have a surgery. A surgery that will either kill her or save her and the odds are not in her favor. Summer’s only wish, the only thing she wants to do with what little time she may have left is fall in love.
“Because I, Summer Johnson, Purveyor of Pragmatism, Lover of Logic, Ultimate Believer in the Rational, and Person Who Was Maybe Going To Die Soon, wanted to drown in someone.”
Don’t we all Summer. Don’t we all.
Summer, unstrap that life vest because you are about to meet Cooper.
Cooper, the attractive, slightly eccentric genius whose honesty and ability to care for those around him will make you swoon and fall in love and pray to whatever god that you believe in to bring you a Cooper of your very own.
You will fall in love with Cooper and Summer just as they fall in love with one another. You will laugh with them, cry with them and if you are paying attention you will learn with them too. In fact if by the end of this book you aren’t having any type of “holy fuck what kind of life am I living right now” moment, you need to go back and read it again
I’m not going to sugarcoat anything here. This novel will destroy you. Summer and Cooper’s story will wreck you, gut you, crush you and yet somehow through it all, it manages to build your spirit and strengthen your resolve. Make even the biggest cynic or the saddest soul believe in love, in life and in something that should be so simple and yet is so difficult to hold onto; happiness.
The Summer Remains is a true Masterpiece and Seth King’s ability to weave words in such a poetic and lyrical way I suppose makes him more of a Maestro than a rockstar, although I think rockstar just sounds cooler. So I’ll stick with that. Seth King is a fucking rockstar and this book is one I think should be read by everyone, although the selfish part of me sides with Summer about one thing;
“…I just want to hug my book and make sure nobody else in the world ever reads those words because they are mine…”
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