Since this is marketed as romance I was not sure that I would enjoy it. Being set in the past is the only thing that hooked me into reading this.When I jumped into it I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I devoured it in one day.
The Summer of Guinevere follows Paulie Passero in the last weeks of summer before his Junior year. When his father finds out that his mother, who disowned him twenty years earlier, is dying they set out on a road trip. Paulie doesn’t understand why he has to go. The prospect of driving from Chicago to the small town his father grew up in is the only thing that interests him. At first, Paulie is bored by small town life until he meets Guinevere Thompson. He wants to get to know her despite the warning that her father and brothers are dangerous. Paulie gets wrapped up in her life and wants to help her escape her abusive father.
This is a great coming of age story. Paulie gains confidence in himself through events of the story. He learns to speak to girls and handle tough situations through Guinevere. Another important character is Uncle Buddy. He helps Paulie gain interest in reading and current events. He motivates him to do his best in school. I think Buddy played more of an important role than Guinevere. He helped Paulie learn to stand on his own two feet. I will say I did not like Paulie’s father. He was less than helpful with the Guinevere situation and he didn’t really encourage Paulie in anyway.
The romance was cute and I enjoyed it, but this is a hard hitting story. It is raw and brutal. However, it does show you can grow and change your situation. I highly recommend checking this one out!
*Disclaimer- I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest review.