A & L Do Summer by Jan Blazanin
Paperback, 274 pgs.
Published: May 10, 2011 by EgmontUSA
I’d like to say something clever, but my tongue is paralyzed. This guy is tall and built and—okay, maybe he’s not exactly handsome. Wait, that’s not true. He is exactly handsome. From ten feet away I can see the electric blue of his eyes. All of that put together makes him the Superman of redheads.
After a year in rural Cottonwood Creek, Iowa, city girl Laurel is still adjusting to a place where parties take place in barns, guys ride around in pickup trucks, and a killer senior prank involves getting pigs into the principal’s office. Fortunately, she has her best friend Aspen, an Iowa native, to show her around. The real problem is that neither the country girl nor the city slicker have boyfriends—or any prospects for getting them. Clearly, they need to raise their profile—and they have a summer to do so.
I was in a funk. Nothing sounded good. I started 5 different books and just felt blah. Finally I realized that I needed a light, funny summery read and luckily I had just the book! It was sitting on my shelf just waiting for the day that I desperately needed it. I could only hope that it pulled me out of the funk. And it totally did! At least through this book, I had no problems reading it. And actually read it in less than a day as I really did not want to put it down. I totally devoured it!
Okay, so totally disregard that summary. It makes it sound like this is Laurel's story, and it's not. Aspen is the one who narrates. Laurel is the one who pulls her into trouble over and over again. And while the trouble isn't ALL Laurel's fault as they tend to have some bad luck, but every time she had some brilliant (NOT brilliant) idea I groaned out loud. But I gotta say, each of those ridiculous things they did had me giggling quite a lot. While at times it felt a bit too much, more on the ridiculous side, I still thought it was a very fun ride. And I loved that each girl had a pretty strong personality. And I don't really get why they weren't better known around school (they claim they are invisible), they totally should have been able to claim their own, have their own popularity for something. Hilarity, I suppose. ;)
The book has a bit of romance but I actually wished it was a bit more prominent. We get Aspen's thoughts (lustful daydreams) but not a lot happens. And then when stuff DOES happen, it was left as an afterthought (we don't see it, we're told after the fact). That was disappointing. But I can't complain about insta-love at least! And they had interaction, it just always seemed so short and I didn't feel like we got to know him real well.
Full of the importance of family, friends, and animals with a touch of romance, this is a book that most anyone should pick up for a light summery read that provides plenty of giggles.