How My Summer Went Up in Flames

Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski 
Pages: 307 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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…

My Summary: Rosie is a bit of a princess - and that's putting it lightly. Impulsive and extremely passionate, she doesn't tend to think ahead... and it's that lack of planning that gets her in huge trouble. 

After getting busted for setting her cheating ex-boyfriend's car on fire (it was an accident, she swears) Rosie's slammed with a restraining order and told she has to appear in court in a few weeks. At their wit's end, her parents make the choice to send Rosie on a road trip with their neighbour's son and a few of his friends. Will she be able to survive ten days on the road with three of the most infuriatingly-reliable geeks in the world, or will she ditch them before the trip is over?

My Thoughts: This was a light read, perfect for the summer. Rosie was honest and funny, and even though she wasn't the typical YA heroine, I enjoyed reading about her escapades and rooted for her throughout the novel. She was realistically flawed and easy to like.

I loved the fact that Rosie and the guys went on a cross-country road trip and visited places like Graceland and Dollywood. It made it all the better to see a girl like Rosie so out of her element, and I loved that each guy's individual personality balanced out the group so well. The witty banter between the Rosie and the guys made me laugh out loud more than a few times. I liked the inclusion of Logan and Spencer's back story, even though I really wished the author would've gone into more detail and included it in the story a little more. 

The romance aspect was extremely realistic - both with Rosie's ex and with Logan. Break-ups are hard for everyone, and if the relationship with Logan had been a full-blown thing from the get-go, the story would've seemed a lot less real to me. Rosie knew she had to focus on becoming a better person before jumping into another relationship - an extremely mature outlook in a genre that doesn't tend to promote the healthiest relationships.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary lit and is looking for a light, quick read. 

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