It was like a spell taking me back in time, remembering how it felt to be in love for the very first time. But more than that it reminded me of the last time I fell in love, and it was both scary and exciting to see my memories brought somehow back to life.
You see, I believe in love at first sight.. Off course it takes a lot more than that to get to the point of actually being in love, but that journey is the one that counts, that makes your heart flutter, that makes you giggle like a kid on Christmas Eve.
It’s getting embracing – having this huge smile on my face while reading these cute stories in public, with all those people looking at me like I‘m the crazy one, and not them for not returning my huge
beautiful smile. Still, I can’t get enough of them (the stories not the boring, unsmiling people), I have no cure: I love love-stories and I will as long as I live.
So this being said, I loved to read about Anna and her summer love.
Through most of the story I had this big grin on my face, laughing and giggling like a schoolgirl, enjoying Anna’s insecurities and wittiness and loving every word, every scene, every moment.
It’s not like the rest of the story wasn’t as good, it’s just that some parts were funnier and I’ve always loved the idea and the feeling of falling in love. I simply can’t compare it with anything else.
“A perfect person is easy to love. But when somebody likes all your imperfections, well, that’s when you know they really mean it.”
On the ‘falling in love stage’, there was this dizziness and happiness while Anna tried to decide if the boy she liked was returning her feelings.
There were awkward silences between them and they managed to say all the wrong things to each other; there was a lot of both shyness and boldness that filled their conversations; there was this insecurity in every step they took and Anna’s sarcasm gave away her emotions so well.
Then, there was the realization that something was growing and Anna started to fear that all the happiness that was starting to fill her heart will leave her empty at the end of the summer; she started to fear that all the happy moments they shared will haunt her lonely nights and rainy days when autumn comes; she feared that all the things they did and all the places they went will break her heart remembering that one summer she had it all, because summer love is like borrowed happiness, as it stays with you just for one beautiful summer.
… So tell me Anna, would you rather love and lose or not love at all?
“I loved being so consumed by Will. Adored it. But I kind of hated it too, because I felt like a huge part of myself had been wrested from my control. I mean, sometimes you just want to make a peanut butter sandwich without being overcome by your own passion, you know?”
But hey, this is not a sad story; this is a happy one, full of love and hope and dreams. It will take you to a place of fluttering feelings and dorky smiles and happy sighs and it will give you the only thing you can reach for when you pick up a romantic book to read: joy!
Even though Anna is the one telling her story, we also find a bit about her best friends and their love story.
It was nice because we got to see unfold another kind of love: one between two best friends.. They were also confused, trying to adjust to the new status, not knowing how to act, fearing not to break their friendship with the new born romance. They made me smile because I realized that we sometimes forget that when we already have someone, we don’t need to impress that person any longer – we have the love, we don’t need to win it just to keep it.
So, yes.. This is one of the cutest stories with the cutest characters (I know, I said the same thing about all my beloved characters from romantic comedies, but I love them all the same) and if you won’t enjoy it at least a tiny bit, then you have a very cold heart my friend (but I can hardly imagine anyone not loving being in love or loving for the first time)
PS: If after reading the book you will fell this urge to go buy a lot if ice-cream, don’t worry, you are not the only one; only pray to be the only one reading this book the day you do or you won’t find ice-cream anywhere :p