Just for the Summer

Hachette Audio. Apr. 2024. 11:43 hrs. ISBN 9781549135149. $27.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Justin is cursed. Every woman he dates finds the love of her life immediately after breaking up with him. One day, while scrolling Reddit, he discovers Emma, someone who has the same problem as he does. The two connect and hatch a plan: they will date each other, then break up, and hopefully go on to find their own true loves. Then life happens. Justin’s mother is headed to prison for embezzlement, and he has to take custody of his younger siblings. Meanwhile, Emma contends with a traumatic childhood and continuing family drama. Amid the chaos, their relationship deepens, and they begin to realize that it might be more than just a summer fling. Jimenez (Yours Truly) offers a new take on the classic fake-dating trope. Christine Lakin and Zachary Webber narrate Emma and Justin, capturing the humor and hopefulness of their romantic endeavor. Listeners can also look forward to plenty of heat in between less intense moments.
VERDICT A perfect beach listen, sure to please Jimenez’s many fans. Share with listeners seeking a contemporary romance that offers some playfulness even as it addresses issues including mental health, family instability, and PTSD.
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