Virtual Tour + Giveaway: The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi 
Published: April 1, 2014
Format: via NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 NetGalley/Edelweiss
Rating: 4/5

Lexi has a secret.

She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good.

Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there's nothing she wants more than to start over.

But sometimes love has its own path...

My Thoughts
I was really torn while reading The Summer I Wasn’t Me. Seriously there was times when I couldn’t continue reading. This is a story of trying to deal with who you are and at the same time trying to make others happy. Lexi is sent to a “de-gaying” camp by her mother and church after it is revealed she is gay. Lexi is still trying to come to terms with it herself and at the same time dealing with her father’s death and trying to help her mom from falling into a dark hole. She agrees to go thinking maybe this will make her mother snap out of her funk but at the same time she knows it’s a waste of time and money they don't have. I mean seriously $9000?! That’s crazy! Lexi is recovering from her first heartbreak as well after falling for someone who didn’t feel the same way. While at the camp she meets a cast of characters who are all there for different reasons. Some want to be “cured” while others are just going along with it since they have no choice. My favorite character was Matthew. He is funny, witty, so self-assure and proud of whom he is. He butts heads with authority which plays out in a way you must read. Lexi soon finds the strength to be honest with whom she really is. She learns that who she is isn’t wrong and soon finds love again. She confronts her mom and they learn to find a way to understand and accept how things are.

This is a story of love, understanding, and accepting. It’s hard to think that in this day and age we can’t or won’t accept people for who they are. Underneath all the bull we are all the same. We all hurt, love and want to be wanted and accepted. We all have our own opinions of the subject but this is how I feel. I could never turn my back on anyone who simply wants to be themselves. Love’s a wonderful thing, to find someone who loves and accepts you flaws and all is the best thing in the world. We can’t help whom we love and it’s hard enough to find the one so regardless of who it is, shouldn’t we celebrate the fact we’ve found it? 

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