Review: How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Doktorski

How My Summer Went Up in FlamesSource: Pulse It
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Edition: eBook, 307 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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Rating: 3.5/5

First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

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…

How My Summer Went Up in Flames is undoubtedly a great book to read when the sun is shining and you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust.

I don’t read very many road trip books but anytime there is a lot of travel involved in a plot I usually really enjoy it, and HMSWUIF is no different. Rosie is forced to put some distance between her and her ex-boyfriend due to an incident with fire and his car, and a restraining order. Unfortunately since this contains very little in the way of plot, other than a road trip and a girl needing to learn a lesson there isn’t much for me to talk about.

Rosie is kind of funny, a tad bit of obsessive and a little bit impulsive; and she starts off the book a bit immature about the whole situation. I can tell she’s trying to handle the situation as best she can, but she’s not really doing that great of a job with it and it just lands her in more trouble. I liked seeing her grow some over the course of the trip, though I honestly wish there had been a little more because I got tired of seeing her flirt with or try to get the attention of other guys.  Despite that I could see her trying to become more responsible. Matty is her best friend and probably one of the best characters in this book. He’s a great friend and I felt that Rosie sort of took his friendship for granted most of the time. I also really liked his two friends and their dynamic with each other. In fact I would say the side characters are better than Rosie for most of the book.

Over all HMSWUIF is a fun romp across the country but the main character sort of dampens things a bit.

3.5 stars

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5 Responses to Review: How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Doktorski

  1. Yeah, I wasn’t 100% this book, mostly because of the MC. She was not likeable and the writing just didn’t tell me why I should change my mind about her. The idea was a good one, though.

  2. This sounds like a light, fun romp despite all the mad flirting going on..LOL

  3. Pamela D says:

    I read a lot of road trip books last year. I have gotten addicted to them. I will have to keep this one in mind.

  4. Christy says:

    I came SO close to getting this book last week! I know what you mean about the secondary characters being better than the MC. They’ve actually saved a book for me on occasion. I might still read this, but I’m not as …. enthusiastic to do so.

  5. I definitely want to read this one. I hope Rosie doesn’t ruin it too much for me. And I’m always a sucker for good side characters. I’m not really sure why. 😛

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