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Review: Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Title: Just for the Summer
Author: Abby Jimenez
Year published: 2024
Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 432 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2024 Google Reading map): USA (MN)

SummaryJustin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it's now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They'll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other’s out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work. 

Emma hadn't planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It's supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma's toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they're suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected--including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

Can Grace find a way to prove Alberto's innocence to himself and the world?

Review: I really liked the other Abby Jimenez books that I read (link to my reviews Yours Truly and Part of Your World), this new one has been getting a ton of good press, and it's over 400 pages so it counts for the Big Summer Book Challenge. A win all around.

I recently watched the movie "Good Luck Chuck" which has a similar premise (date the guy and find your true love immediately afterward). The movie was bad. Really bad. This novel was good. Really good.

I like Jimenez' characters, I cared about them and wanted them to find true love, sort out their personal difficulties, and have a good life. This book does have a trigger warning at the beginning since it covers PTSD, anxieties, panic attacks, and other mental health issues. They are portrayed really well, eliciting sympathy from the reader and a greater understanding of how they affect people and their lives.

This novel also shows how important friends can be in times of crisis, how they fill in for family when family cannot (or is not) there for us. I really liked the circle of friends in this story.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Big Summer Book--432 pages

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