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ABOUT THE BOOK
Small Town hearts
by Lillie Vale
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: March 19, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy.
Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.
And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?
” Local boys were salt of the earth, sunny girls who collected kisses like seashells”
“How did you hold on to your life when it was changing so fast?”
” I thought of myself, all my uneven edges and chipped shoulders…”
” Oar’s Rest held on to memories. Every first kiss, every last kiss. Every tragedy, every miracle. It was greedy for them”
I loved the concept of the small town seaside town where boy falls in love with girl. It gave me some Stars Hollow feels where everyone knows everyone, and everyone helps everyone. I really enjoyed those bits.
It’s the summer after graduation. The summer of change. Babe works at the local coffee shop and lives in the lighthouse on the hill. When her best friend asks her for a favor she finds herself in a situation that tests her friendships. Babe seemed to always get the short end of the stick when it came to her friends. I think they tended to take advantage of her without realizing it until it was too late. When Levi comes into town there’s finally some hope for Babe to be happy!
My favorite scenes were between Babe and Levi. He’s such a genuine character who really cares for her. Levi is in town for an art program at the local college for the summer and when he meets the cute barista he starts to discover a new found creativity he hasn’t had in a while. I found him adorable and such a good love interest!
I did have a few issues when it came to the side characters and the way they treated Babe. I didn’t feel like they were very nice to her for being her best friends for years. Chad threw her under the bus for something he did and Penny didn’t believe her which was really hard for me. I didn’t feel like either of them really deserved Babe’s forgiveness for the things they did to her. Elodie, now she’s a real treat I tell you what. She hurts babe the worst.
I was thinking this was going to be a light and fluffy fun spring read but it turned out to have a lot more sad parts in it than happy ones.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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