The Season of You & Me

The Season of You & Me

by Robin Constantine


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The Season of You & Me 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Source: earc from Harperteen via Edelweiss Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. I wanted to read the season of you and me because I like the sound of a summery read but with maybe a little bit more serious edge to it. It starts off before Cassidy leaves for the summer and she is trying to get over her break up with her ex-boyfriend Gavin. Before she leaves we get to see through her eyes some of her relationship with her and Gavin and honestly I couldn't help but like I'm just a little bit even though I knew he was going to break her heart. That changed pretty quickly because I saw how he hurt her how he lied to her and covered things up and ultimately she found a picture of him with another girl and that was where things kind of ended. I know that the Summer had a lot of promise for her she was going to be working at a summer camp and from the sentences we know that she meet a new guy there and even though she's not looking for anything she finds a friendship and relationship with someone else. bryan is a new guy and he is just now adjusting to life in a wheelchair and he is determined to figure out how to come to terms with that and how to build a life for himself while he knows that he is facing a whole set of new challenges that is going to be a part of his life forever. Also liked the family dynamics with her and her man who lives with her. they're looking after her and trying to make sure she's distracted and that she's doing okay and that just shows of love and care and respect that I really appreciate and that a lot of young adult contemporary those are missing. The season of you and me is told in dual narrative and the theme of family and support also seems to be intact with Bryan's point of view. I realize that it's been a year since his accident and that he used to be a surfer but now he seems to really like swimming. he gets a good upper body workout from that it's a place where he feels at home. He swims at the Rec Center and his godfather work there and I enjoyed that I got to experience some their first conversations and they were authentic. he was really able to be a sort of cheerleader for Bryan and encourage him to push the limits and really believed that he could improve and that he had the strength to get through it. They both made some choices near the ending that showed that they still were flawed (in the relatable way) but then they realized what they were doing was wrong and was able to turn it around and ask for forgiveness. This demonstrates how much they both grew over the summer and in their new relationships and friendships, and trying to move on from being hurt and the issues in their lives. Bryan learned to accept help and things that his friends were offering whereas he had been avoiding surfing or things that would require the help of others. It was a great moment when he realized that he had a good group of support and friends and encouragement. I knew that going in the summer had to end and I wasn't quite sure how I wanted it to play out. I loved it in the moment but there was the knowing that the book was going to end and that made me sad. I really loved this story, the writing, the characters, the setting, everything. But I did like how she managed to give them hope for the future, but also being realistic.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Is that enough for a review? The world building was amazing, the characters felt real, and there was an element of diversity that I have personally never read about. Everything I love about books Cassidy is escaping her ex and leaving her life at her home behind for the summer. That brings her to her family and new job in Crest Haven in New Jersey for the summer. There she meets new friends and a really nice boy. She's not there to fall for boys, but falling for this one seems to be inevitable. .My favorite part of this book was the world building. I've never been to New Jersey, but I'm from around a beach and that was all I needed to imagine it all in my head. I could smell the salt in the air, feel the heat of the day, and see almost everything that happened at Camp Manatee. Constantine's writing style made me feel like I was there in New Jersey myself. It was just what I needed since when I read this I was still battling the ends of winter! Another thing about this book I loved was the alternate POV's. I was able to see what Cass was thinking as well as what Bryan was thinking. This was most interesting because the element of diversity in this one was a disability or a wheelchair. I thought it was cool that we could see into his head and experience his thoughts on him being in his chair first hand. I was so excited to read this one because I've never read a fluffy contemporary romance about someone who is wheelchair bound. And to make it better, I was impressed that the author didn't make it seem that Bryan couldn't be happy before he met Cass. When they were introduced, all Cass did was amplify his happiness. Also, Bryan is one boy that doesn't let his chair hold him back and I respected him immensely for that. From being a camp counselor, to morning swims, to making jokes about it and more, he was a character that I fell for right along with Cass. Lastly, I want to talk about the characters and their romance. Constantine made it seem so natural and real. They became friends and then they just instantly hit it off. Nothing felt forced and because of that, I felt myself immersed into the story. I was so happy with the story that I looked past all the cliched troupes it featured (the meet cute and another one, but I won't say that one for spoilers...) This book bought me summer when I needed it most and I have now added everything else by the author. It helped to end an epic reading funk for me with its romance, great setting, and amazing characters and I hope it can do the same for someone else. If I haven't convinced you to read this already, I'm not sure what else to do.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
THE SEASON OF YOU & ME by Robin Constantine is a breath of fresh air. I was completely hooked from start to finish. I have to applaud the author for infusing this story with optimism and positivity. Cassidy’s relationship with her parents and her stepmother/half-brother is truly beautiful. You’d expect this girl to be bitter and angry after having been recently cheated on or left by her father (years earlier). But Cassidy is resilient. She sets off for a summer of healing in a town she doesn’t know particularly well, even though she’s frightened. The characters are layered. The alternating voices are unique. Cassidy & Bryan have fantastic chemistry. They’re relatable and completely lovable in their own ways. The development of their new relationship felt organic and completely believable. A sweet & easy summer read. Cannot recommend this one enough!!!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
The Season of You and Me (and that absolutely GORGEOUS cover) is about a girl running away from her boyfriend (because yes, that's pretty much what she did) and a boy in a wheelchair and how they fall in love. It's cute, it's flawed and it's a perfect representation of what life is like. The only think that makes a contemporary better, for me at least, is that there has to be more than one ongoing storyline - more than just the two people that will inevitably fall in love with each other, and The Season of You and Me had just that! I loved how Cassidy's family was also a major part in the book, I loved her half brother Hunter, but more than that I LOVED that this wasn't an "Oh my stepmother is the worst in the world Cinderella story" but the complete opposite with her stepmother treating her like actual family. ACTUAL FAMILY. *throws points at book* I did also lobe the whole gang over at Camp Manatee. It made it feel like a very Sarah Dessen-esque book, and I pretty much loved it. I guess that's it - there's nothing more I can say. Except, you know, go read it!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I love Robin's other books, so I was beyond excited to get my hands on this one. I loved Cassidy and Bryan. They're both struggling with something and although their situations are different, it's similar. I loved reading their first meeting turn into a work relationship turn into friendship turn into a relationship. Of course there are some snags, but it's angst-lite. I really enjoyed this cast of characters and the camp kids were adorable. My only complaint {if you could call it that} is that I wanted more. I loved the slice of time we got, but I'm always greedy for Robin's words. **Huge thanks to Robin for sending me an arc**