Monday, 3 November 2014
Review: My Summer Roommate by Bridie Hall
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: October 8th, 2014
Chloe needs a place to crash for the summer before college. When Chris offers, she moves in with him. It’s just for two months, no biggie. But soon she realizes she may have made a mistake. He's too perfect—a former snowboarder, laid-back and kind to boot. And he’s smitten with her. But she’s got trust issues and a relationship feels daunting. When he keeps trying to win her over, the temptation becomes overwhelming. Just as she gives in and decides it’s not worth fighting their emotions anymore, Chris reveals he’s made a stupid mistake which might ruin Chloe’s trust in him and tear them apart.
My Summer Roommate is a quick, fun romance about what happens when you end up living with someone who might just want to be more than friends. It's fast-paced and compelling with key characters who ring true, and explores real life situations I'm sure every reader will be familiar with.
Chloe and Chris are both likeable enough, though I didn't find myself rooting for them as a couple. I felt their chemistry was a little off, and I would have liked a higher page count in order to get to know them better. Chloe has trust issues from past relationships, and Chris seems like this perfect all-round guy who never mistakes and can do no wrong. Obviously that isn't the case, and more backstory would have really helped delve deeper into their lives and their histories.
As a romance story, My Summer Roommate is quite standard when it comes to the plot. Chloe and Chris's relationship builds nicely and then a spanner is thrown in the works when Chris makes a mistake. What follows is lots of drama typical of novels with a relationship at the centre, and I actually enjoyed reading about this side of things. Not all couples are perfect, and this book shows that even the smallest thing can make a huge difference.
I liked this book and will definitely read more by Bridie Hall in the future. Her character dynamics are well written but I do wish there had been a bit more chemistry for me to get invested in. I'm interested to know what Chloe and Chris did next, so maybe one day there'll be a sequel!