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Just For The Summer

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But seriously, Emma almost made me DNF because her toxic positivity was making my blood pressure skyrocket. No spoilies but I did like the conclusion of the book and I found the characters decently flushed out. This is a story about two people falling in love who are perfect for one another but the timing just isn’t right (don’t worry, there is a very sweet HEA). Emma needed to work on herself and I was beyond proud of her for realizing that she’d only become the person she hated the most (Amber) to Justin’s siblings if she stayed. I think this is her most tender piece of writing to date - the emotions will have you wound tight in a way that makes it impossible to put the book down.

There were things that I liked, like Maddie (she was fun) and I loved seeing Daniel, Alexis, Jacob and Briana appearances. I have more to say, but they’re spoilers so I’ll just say this: I didn’t think it was possible to love her leading men (or women) any more than I already did, but this one made me love them all again tenfold. Overall, this book was relatable for me on many levels and one I would recommend for someone who loves a story of healing, true friendship, and the realities of love.For some reason, the writing was giving me the cringiest vibes since the beginning and I couldn't look past that. I highly recommend reading Part of Your World and Yours Truly to really appreciate this story in its entirety. And as genuine attraction begins to grow between Emma and Justin, the end of her assignment in Minnesota looms large.

The photography is actually very good in this film, and I think a lot of romantic comedies are not respected for their direction and photography, but they are often very well done and really add to the story. For example, Justin and Emma initially meet via a reddit thread Justin posted asking “am I the asshole?Just for the Summer" gains points for me for being more than a Hallmark romance — trigger warnings for those who may be dealing with childhood PTSD — but I came away feeling this darker side pushed the book away from traditional Jiminez writing and more into the territory of Colleen Hoover. This, like all of Abby’s books, is hilarious and filled with comedic relief, but it’s also evocative and wrought with emotions and, in some ways, heavier than some of her previous stories. However, I still think it was necessary that she took time to herself, went to therapy, found her healthy boundaries and recovered from the absolute life-shattering information she found out. I think this is definitely Abby’s heaviest, most emotional work so far but I think it was done wonderfully.

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