Are you already hooked by the beautiful cover? Because I was! If you’re not don’t worry, I still have my review and first the summary..
When sixteen-year-old Piper Davenport’s mom packs up their lives and heads to the coastal Florida town of Coral Sands, Piper doesn’t care much for the view…until she catches a glimpse at Rooks Carter.
Her mom’s “look but don’t touch” policy regarding the boy next door is all but impossible to maintain, especially since he’s helping his dad restore Piper’s new home, the Calloway Cottage. A gorgeous, shirtless boy makes this boring little town a bit more exciting.
But after Piper and Rooks discover a secret in the walls of the cottage, they have a chance to unravel the biggest mystery in Coral Sands history – unless someone unravels them first.
Let me start off by saying I went into this one with very high hopes…I mean it’s YA and it’s a mystery! I read a lot of YA and a lot of mystery but hardly any that are both. I’ll end your suspense…I LOVED The Summer of Lost Wishes!! This will be one of those books that I will recommend to everyone. It had so many opportunities to take the cliched route as far as the characters and plot went but the author took none of them. It’s so refreshing and exciting to read a book like this one where I find the characters and the plot so intriguing and original.
Pretty early on in the story Piper, our main character, spots Rooks…the cute boy next door. Piper’s mom warns her not to get involved with him as he might be “trouble”. This is the point where it would be easy for an author to write a girl next door meets bad boy and falls in love even though she knows she shouldn’t…kind of story. But Jessa Gabrielle’s characters are complex and realistic. Piper and Rooks are characters that teenagers could easily relate to and I say this not because I’m a teenager, far from it! But I found myself reading passages and being reminded of how I felt at that age.
Now aside from the amazing characters my favorite thing about The Summer of Lost Wishes is the mystery!! I read a lot of mysteries, they are my favorite. So, sometimes it’s hard for me to be surprised by an ending. As I was reading this I got completely drawn into the mystery and the romance of it. I don’t want to give away anything so I’ll just say that when I got to the obvious climax of the story I was thinking I knew exactly where it was going….I was worried that the ending would be predictable. Then I kept reading and there was a lot of me yelling “WHAT?!” and “I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING” I love that I was surprised by the ending…in soo many ways! Yet it all still came together and made sense.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. It has something in it for everyone to love and I know I’ll be recommending it to anyone asking me what they should read next. I will also be eagerly awaiting the next book published by Jessa Gabrielle.