Review: The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond + Guest Post

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Review: The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond + Guest PostThe Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: May 1st 2012
Pages: 290
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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3 Stars

This was the summer that would change my life.

No more being what everyone expected. No more doing what everyone else wanted.

So when Luke came into my life, I decided to keep him a secret. Maybe he as a dead-ringer for notorious Hollywood bad boy Trent Yves. And it was possible that everything he told me was a lie. And yes, I was probably asking for trouble. But all I saw was Luke--sweet, funny, caring--someone who would let me be the real me.
But which was the real him?

Brigitta is a girl who is at a point in her life where she’s trying to find where she fits or belongs in this world. Her family is very eccentric and she’s had a different kind of childhood. Brigitta’s very religious grandparents died a couple of years before and she was extremely close to her grandmother, so she’s taken up studying various religions in what seems an attempt to feel closer to her, or find her somehow. There is religious talk in this book, Brigitta talks about what her Christian grandmother taught her, but it felt true to the story and to the character, so it didn’t feel preachy in the least.

What I enjoyed most about The Summer of No Regrets was the romance between Brigitta and Luke. They were really sweet together. Though I must admit that it was hard to pinpoint what exactly drew Luke in at first, since he doesn’t really tell her the truth until the end. It was obvious that he cared about her a lot though. It was definitely not difficult to see why Brigitta would fall for Luke…he was gorgeous, sweet, and kind. But he wasn’t very open, which pretty much made Brigitta question everything, from who he was, to how he really felt about her. I also enjoyed getting a little insight into celebrities. That was kind of cool.

The Summer of No Regrets was a light, fun, romantic read. I’d recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen. I’ll be looking forward to more books by Katherine Grace Bond in the future.

Guest Post

Now, as part of The Summer Lovin’ Blog Tour, please help me welcome author of The Summer of No Regrets,  Katherine Grace Bond. She’s written a great post about identity. :)

Finding the Real Me

Sometimes I feel, as far as social groups are concerned, that I’m sort of a minor hello and goodbye part.

Diary, 3-29-77

As teens read THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, I’ve been reading my teenage diary. REALLY embarrassing, but it has to be done. How else will I know whether I’ve actually grown up?

I shopped a lot, but thought I looked terrible in the “in” clothes (which included something called “gauchos”.) I went to a folk dance convention, was dumped by my best friend, fought with my mother. My dad yelled a lot. I almost got to be an exchange student in France. I asked a boy named Lyle for his picture every single week.

What strikes me, as I read these awkward entries, is that I expected other people to tell me who I was.

That was the year I followed puppy-like after friends who treated me shoddily, hoping I’d become worthy.

I glowed under the praise of teachers and knew I was smart.

I longed to shake off my parents’ overprotectiveness so I’d be mature.

I was certain my life would be “so great” if only fill in boy’s name here liked me. Then I’d be pretty.

Once, when a brand new song came on the radio, my best friend asked, mid-song, whether I liked it.

“Do you like it?” I asked.
“I’m not going to tell you,” she replied, and I faced the ultimate dilemma: Should I love it? Should I hate it? I couldn’t know until I got her opinion; I didn’t have one of my own. The still, small voice inside me had gone missing.

Though Brigitta in THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, hides the “real she,” she’s still more self-possessed than I was. But I did eventually find the “real Katherine,” and I’ve learned a few things about going from fake to real.

  1. Create, create, create: write, sing, sculpt, build. What you create is uniquely yours. The more you create, the more comfortable you become in your own skin.
  2. Pay attention to your body. That feeling in the pit of your stomach may be telling you to get out of a bad situation. That exhilaration in your lungs may be telling you, “I should come here more often.” Your body knows your likes and dislikes—usually better than your friends do.
  3. Love boldly. Notice what you care about and act on it. Homeless kids? Volunteer at the shelter. Poetry slams? Start an open mic. Your grandmother? Pick up the phone.
  4. Be an encourager. I’m more myself when I encourage—“calling out” someone’s gift can be life-changing. One of my sweeter diary entries read, “Mary wrote my poem on the front of her notebook. She said, ‘Don’t erase it! I think it’s so beautiful.’” Mary, now a librarian, always encouraged my writing. Now, through TEENWrite, I get to do the same.

And as it turns out, I’m more than a hello and goodbye part. And so are you.

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15 Responses to “Review: The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond + Guest Post”

  1. Alisia

    Sounds really interesting. so going to add to my to-read pile! thanks for the giveaway!!

  2. Sangita

    This sounds really great. Thanks for the review! The guest post done by Katherane Grace is awesome too! Everyone, can relate to it.

  3. Nora-Adrienne Deret

    This young woman has a very strange father and an interesting summer with kitties. I’d love to add this book to  my home library and share it with my daughters. 

  4. forloveandbooks

    I love the idea of searching different religions in attempt to get closer to her deceased Grandmother – I miss my grandma like crazy and find myself stopping in her hometown for lunch whenever I drive by, etc! So that right there grabs my attention! 

    Katherine Grace Bond is a new one for me, so I’ll have to give her a read!!
    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. Carl

    A new coming-of-age story, with a couple of twists of its own. I don’t find the exploration of world religions to be strange at all. I think a lot of young people do that. Sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. sarabara081

    I am very intrigued by this story! Great guest post. I actually threw my diary from when I was a teenager because I was so embarassed byt he things I wrote. LOL

  7. Jessy

    It’s so funny looking back at yourself when your older isn’t it? I still can’t believe some of the things I did when I was young.

  8. Justine

    Whoa, the promotional summary immediately grabbed me with the parts about Luke being nearly eaten by a cougar, raising orphaned cougar cubs, and the protag’s dad becoming a shaman. I hadn’t heard of this book so I’m adding it to my TBR pile. 

    I enjoyed reading the author’s reflections of her teenage self. Seriously, will gauchos ever be “in” again? Also, I want to read about a folk dance convention.

    • Katherine Grace Bond

      The folk dance convention was held in Richland, Washington, where the Atom Bomb was made (not during the convention, however.) We were 14 and staying in a motel with just our friends (and our brave French teacher upstairs). We stayed up half the night. The boys stole my purse and wouldn’t return it until I agreed to give Tim my picture. Our beleaguered French teacher finally told us we had to be quiet at about 1:00 AM. There was also dancing. But that was during the day. We found out that if you put quarters in the machine next to the beds, the beds would vibrate. It was an interesting trip. 

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