Book Review – Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana

by Gaby Triana

by Gaby Triana

‘Back to the Future meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Haley’s summer vacation takes a turn for the retro in this totally rad romantic fantasy. Summer officially sucks. Thanks to a stupid seizure she had a few months earlier, Haley’s stuck going on vacation with her dad and his new family to Disney’s Fort Wilderness instead of enjoying the last session of summer camp back home with her friends. Fort Wilderness holds lots of childhood memories for her father, but surely nothing for Haley. But then a new seizure triggers something she’s never before experienced—time travel—and she ends up in River Country, the campground’s long-abandoned water park, during its heyday.

The year? 1982. And there—with its amusing fashion, “oldies” music, and primitive technology—she runs into familiar faces: teenage Dad and Mom before they’d even met. Somehow, Haley must find her way back to the twenty-first century before her present-day parents anguish over her disappearance, a difficult feat now that she’s met Jason, one of the park’s summer residents and employees, who takes the strangely dressed stowaway under his wing. Seizures aside, Haley’s used to controlling her life, and she has no idea how to deal with this dilemma. How can she be falling for a boy whose future she can’t share?’ (Goodreads) (256 pages, 17th june 2014, Simon Pulse)

I read this book on and I had a really hard time getting into this book. I don’t know the whole Disney park, so I didn’t understand where they were, what everything was about. I do think that if you know the park, you will really love this book. For me, it just didn’t work.

I also didn’t like Haley that much. I understood where she came from, because going on holiday with your parents when you have other plans, just sucks. But I didn’t connect with her. At all… I’ve been in a reading slump lately and reading this book hasn’t helped. I’m not that into contemporary I think.

My thoughts about this book are just so mingled. I did like the ending though. I think the writer wrapped it up neatly and it left me satisfied. It was cute and I could let Haley go knowing she would be okay.

I think I will try another contemporary really soon, but for now, I’m going back to fantasy and dystopian. I’m just into that genre in this moment.

I gave this book a 2 out of 5 stars.


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