Monday, 12 July 2010

Review: Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback
Released: May 25th, 2010
Grade rating: C+ (Book #2: Endless Summer)

Amazon summary:

Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.

Lori can't wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends--including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she's turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that's not going to happen--not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it. Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori's romantic summer melt into one hot mess?


Endless Summer is a bind-up of both books in this series: The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer. The above summary is more for The Boys Next Door, which I already reviewed (and loved) here. Today I'm just talking about Endless Summer, which is a direct continuation of Lori's summer with the boys next door.

I really admire Jennifer Echols and her writing. I think she crafts realistic characters and situations, and puts so much effort into her work. I've loved everything I've previously read by her, though I was disappointed with Endless Summer. I know there were originally no plans for a sequel to The Boys Next Door, which kind of explains why the plot felt like it was all over the place.

The characters didn't seem at all like themselves, and instead morphed into jealous, needy people with, I have to say, some of the worst ideas ever thought of by someone with a brain. There were many times when I wanted to ask Lori and Adam what on earth they were thinking, because it just didn't make sense to me why they'd behave in that way. I think they went about things the wrong way, though I did understand their motives and how everything looked to them. I'm going to put it all down to their intense feelings for each other, and hope that it was merely a slip-up in their relationship.

There were still some elements left over from The Boys Next Door that I loved, like Lori's relationship with all the Vader boys, Adam's sexy charm and the suave hotness that was Sean. Their sharp tongues and quick-fire retorts were as present as ever, along with all the brotherly teasing and hijinks that I came to love in the first book.

As one volume, Endless Summer is 100% worth owning, and I can't recommend it enough. It includes The Boys Next Door, and that alone is worthy of the $9.99 price tag. I'm choosing to see Endless Summer as an added bonus, and though it isn't my favourite book by Echols, it's still a good addition to her backlog of novels. And while I'm here, I should mention her upcoming MTV release, that goes by the name of Forget You. It's good (not to mention smokin' HOTT), and you should all look out for it in a couple of weeks!


Blueicegal ♥ said...

i love her work!! ill definitely be looking out for this :)

Sarah said...

Well I loved book 2, I totally admit it. But I find your points valid and I know when reading I was definitely questioning the silly decisions Adam and Lori were making.

Nomes (inkcrush) said...

I agree with you - I loves the first one and was just... frustrated with the sequel. Nice to have someone else feel the same way as me - felt weird everyone else saying how awesome the sequel was - had me wondering if it was just me?)

Cant wait for Forget You! Have pre-ordered it - not long now!

RaĆ­la said...

Aw, thanks for the review! I really loved Going Too Far and I may read Forget You still this week. Jenn's writing is just simple incredibly addictive. :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I think I'm going to get this when I'm out in the States. I want to know why you love The Boys Next Door so much!

Becky said...

Hmmm... It sounds like the second book doesn't quite live up to the first. I still really want to read them both though. They just sound so perfect for summer. Thanks for the balanced and honest review.

Dwayne said...

I loved the first and am quite excited for this one, too bad you didn't like it! I have high hopes for it - slightly less now. Thanks for this review Jenny!

Carla said...

Seriously, I LOVE this book as much as I love blond boys. wch I am sure you know is a LOT. I think we need to be done with it land just say that me and Jenn should get married. Its about time dont you think. Lovely review

I Want To Read That said...

It's a shame it didn't live up to The boys next door for you. I am REALLY looking forward to Forget You.

Emma Michaels said...

Great review!!!!! I saw that you are a part of the Debut Author Challenge! That is so amazing that you are supporting debut authors and I only recently found out that I am going to be one!!! I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind heading over to my blog and giving me your opinion. As a blogger turned author I would really appreciate it and the publisher is still giving out ARCs so you might have a chance at a free copy! Thank you and I hope you will stop by and check out The Thirteenth Chime!

Emma Michaels

P.S.- My release date if Friday the 13th (August this year) isn't that crazy?

asamum said...

Great review - I am really looking forward to reading this after reading Going Too Far & Forget You. Hot is a good word to use for both of them ;) said...

lol..."I have to say, some of the worst ideas ever thought of by someone with a brain." I think that a lot when reading, though I want to reach in the book and plop out the characters and scold them instead.

Anonymous said...

Alyssa Martinez Says: this book was amazing i loved it so much im doing a project on it!!:)