Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts - A Review of How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

How My Summer Went Up in Flames 

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

 Goodreads Blurb
Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…
After accidentally almost blowing up her ex-boyfriend's car and facing the threat of stalking charges, Rosie is "encouraged" by her family, friends, and attorney to get out of town for a while.  Close family friend and neighbor, Matty, has a road trip planned with two of his friends and invites Rosie to join them.

Many times during Rosie's imprisonment...erm, vacation, she thinks about returning home.  Once, after ditching the boys, she almost makes it, but the thought of what she will face when she gets there keeps her from getting on that bus.  Well that, and the feelings she is having toward one of the three boys accompanying her on this forced intermission of her life.  

As the miles go by, Rosie continues to grow closer to each of the boys in their own way, all the while getting updates on the situation with her ex from her best friend back home.  Rosie begins to crave information about her ex less and less, while the yearning of a kiss from one of her travel companions grows unbearable.

The story was a little bit silly, a little bit crazy, and just what I needed for a beginning-of-summer read.  One of my favorite things about the book was that even though Rosie could potentially be in a relationship with any of the three boys, the author keeps you guessing up until the very end.  I like an author that doesn't let me predict what's going to happen next.

3.5 Stars out of 5

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