Book Review: 'Cool For The Summer' By Dahlia Adler.


I'm so excited to share my review for 'Cool For The Summer' by Dahlia Adler today. I saw this book on Twitter and instantly fell in love with the cover and the blurb and had to pick it up. 


Blurb


Lara's had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He's tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he's talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe...flirting, even? No, wait, he's definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara's wanted out of life.

Except she's haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.

Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she's finally got the guy, why can't she stop thinking about the girl?


My Review


I just adored this book so so much. Lara was awesome and funny. She had moments of utter bold brilliance where she would go after what she wanted which I admired tenfold. Yet she also had her insecurities and doubts and over thought a lot which made me connect with her on so many levels. I loved that she loved books and worked in a coffee shop and it made me smile that she was trying to write a romance novel. I was nodding along with her and shouting 'me too' at the pages when she was having a hard time writing and when her characters decided to take things in a new direction. Her relationship with her Mum warmed my heart and I really enjoyed learning about their Russian traditions. 


I loved every minute of hanging out in the Outer Banks with Lara. I have just recently watched 'Outer Banks' on Netflix which I am obsessed with and cannot wait for the new season to grace our screens, so it was fun being back there in my mind. Also, I went on holiday there many years ago now so it was fun to go down memory lane when Lara talked about visiting places like the Wright Brothers, Kitty Hawk. Furthermore, meeting Jasmine and them getting to know each other made me swoon. The girls were too cute together and it was lovely getting to see their friendship blossom and how they were there for each other in opening each other up to new things. I loved that Lara was able to crack Jasmine's hard outer shell and that the two of them were so at ease and comfortable around each other. Their photography outings and movie nights sounded perfect and just so romantic and cosy and it made me happy that they felt so themselves with each other. 


I feel like everyone can relate to having a crush and spending so much time dreaming about them and wanting something to happen with them. So it's very easy to understand Lara having all the feelings when Chase notices her and they finally become an item. On paper it all seemed so wonderful and perfect. She suddenly had everything she ever wanted and don't get me wrong, Chase seemed like a nice guy but the spark and chemistry that she had with Jasmine was missing with him. I liked the fact that it made me think about how we often think we know what we want but sometimes the universe has different plans for us. Lara meeting Jasmine and having that beautiful connection was such a magical 'Che Sera Sera' moment that made me smile. She hadn't accounted for someone like Jasmine coming in to her life, yet there she was. 


Being with Lara while she fought with her emotions was heart-breaking but also extremely inspiring. She was so relatable in her fears and worries that I just loved her so much and wanted to hug her. I liked that their were times when she struggled to communicate but she then pushed herself to do so knowing that it was the right thing to do and that it would help. It was something that I was always rooting for her to do and was so so happy when she did. I loved that she went after Jasmine; that she dared and took a chance. Once the girls communicated, it was nice that they both owned up to their mistakes and fears and said sorry for how they had made the other feel. You definitely learn that communication is key because I didn't like it when they kept things from each other. 


Moreover, I just thought this book was so beautiful. I loved that Jasmine had figured out that she was Bi and that she was comfortable with that label and she was happy that it fit her. I adored that this book was Bi positive. By the same token, I adored that Dahlia created a story that embraced not quite knowing what label you belong to or even if you want a label. It made my heart happy that Lara was given the support and space to simply be her without any need to label herself. She loved Jasmine and that was all that mattered. It championed love is love in such a gorgeous way that had me hugging the book when I finished it. 


'Cool For The Summer' is an absolute MUST READ, especially if you want something summery, romantic and gorgeous to read this summer and if you'd like some date night inspirations too. I now need a big bowl of popcorn with MnM's and a pile of blankets please. Ooh and fire pits on the beach would be pretty magical and awesome too. 


Happy reading. 
All my love.







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