Author: Paige Toon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Published: May 2012
My Copy: Bought
Alice is 18 and about to start university while Joe's life is going nowhere. A Dorset summer, a chance meeting, and the two of them fall into step as if they have known each other forever.
But their idyll is shattered unexpectedly. Alice heads off to Cambridge and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart. When she catches the attention of Lukas - gorgeous, gifted, rich boy Lukas - she is carried along by his charm, swept up by his ambitious plans for a future together.
Years later, at just the wrong time, Joe s back, but out of reach in a way that Alice could never have imagined. Life has moved on, the divide between them is now so great.
Surely it is far too late to recapture that perfect summer of long ago?
Ever wondered what happened to your first love? As if that isn't intriguing enough!
For the past two months I have been pining for Paige Toons Ones Perfect Summer! Fine! For the past year! :) Happy? I've been pounding easons shelves soaring for One Perfect Summer... I called, emailed, searched! Still with no luck. I was told to wait one more week for it to be released! Now, I waited a year for this novel and there's telling me another week? Really?
Paige Toons novels mean everything to me! As crazy as that sounds I am completely and utterly attached! I've never laughed, cried or smiled as much as when I'm reading her novels. For the crying part it depends on the novel... (CHASING DAISY!!)
Last week I thought the women were gonna batter me with books as I called in to ask again! 'Just one more week love!' They weren't too pleased when I went on their website on my phone and showed them it said IN STORES!!
After getting ushered out of the shop by my sister and friend we made our way to Asda. I'm a book addict - obviously! and was roaming the shelves when I saw a book that looked familiar! ONE PERFECT SUMMER! My mind went blank and the wind literally got whipped out of me. I soon started squealing Paige Toon at the top of my lungs... No sadly she wasn't in the store or she would have ran in the other direction LOL! But it was One Perfect Summer!
After registering I was swaying I managed to grab onto the shelf feeling a little light headed yelling at my sister who really didn't want to be related to me at that point. Trust me.... I know she didn't! People were also giving me strangle stares too..... Aw well! They'll never know how much a book can bring someone such happiness! :) I went straight home and dived in to start reading!
Paige Toon has done it again! Writing yet another character addictive page turner!
There was something different about this novel which I'm still unsure what. I don't know if it's because the characters were my age and doing what I should be doing. I felt I connected more to these characters than I ever have before with a Paige Toon's characters. There is definitely more to be though. (Paige Toon confirmed on facebook there will be a sequel.Eeek!) I also felt as if Paige wanted to do or say more with the epilogue. I don't know about anyone else but One Perfect Summer felt more real to me!
Alice is a carefree, shy girl about to start university with a shattered heart! We read about her marriage, work and love life! (What's left of it - after Joe) I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Alice as she's so normal and down to earth! I especially loved reading about her punting scenarios!
Joe.... First Love... the one that got away? First of all BABY BE MINE BABY BE MINE BABY BE MINE!!! I loved reading about Baby be Mine characters Meg and Johnny in a tiny snippet! (Thanks Paige for letting us know how they were) When we were first introduced to Joe in Baby Be Mine I wanted Meg to uncover all of his secrets. although I got something extremely better! THANK YOU Paige again for giving him his own novel! :) Joe is the perfect character! He is funny, caring and so mine if real! I'm so looking forward to reading more about him and his relationship with Alice. Joe definitely had a tiny piece of my Paige Toon heart..... but.... Johnny Jefferson has the rest! Or maybe Nathan..... Luis...... Ben..... Lucas have to! But I literally cried over Johnny Jefferson choosing Meg .... how dare he? LOL
Lucas! I'm going to be really honest here and say I disliked like the way he turned out! When I first started reading about him and Alice I was like 'Alice don't ever go back to Joe' but obviously.... I must have been sick cause Alice and Joe being with each other. No one can stand in the way of soul mates.
Although again there was something strange about One Perfect Summer! I loved Lucas and Alice together. I have to admit that! I also don't know at the start who I wanted Alice to end up with! That's clear now though... JOE JOE JOE!!! Sorry Lucas.... :(
Ahhh! Lizzy before I forget about her I really enjoyed reading about Lizzy as she's so funny, honest, flirty and full of life! Especially what Alice and every other girls needs in a friend!
Rosalinde.... I think her and Lucas obviously have feelings for each other.... enough said! Just go away and disappear together in a puff of fairy dust! Kaput!
The backgrounds of the characters was amazing and something that was totally unexpected but amazing! Paige Toon is AMAZING!
One Perfect Summer is a sublime novel which there will defo be a repeat of reading! Please I beg you Paige don't make me wait ages for the sequel! I literally don't think I could cope!
I advise everyone to read Paige Toon..... I need to make it a a law... anyone agree?
Loved everything about One Perfect Summer I am now attached! Although I think after 4 days of finishing it I can't continue to sleep with it beside my pillow.... :~/ time for the book shelf! Feels like it'll be miles away not just right above my head! :) A massive thanks to Paige Toon who continues to write these utterly fantastic novels which I'd be lost without! THANK YOU! I cannot wait for your next one!
Read what Paige Toons next novel is about here! Which will be released May 2013! A full year? Really? :(
About the author:
Paige Toon was born in 1975 and gre up between England,Australia an America. She worked at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor for eight years before leaving to have a baby. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge. One Perfect is her sixth book.
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