Monday 30 July 2018

Review: Sounds Like Summer by Six de los Reyes

It’s not just a weekend for Lux Castelo. She has a plan, of course.

Phase One: Escape to the beach for a music festival.
Phase Two: Deal with what she can’t control.
Phase Three: Return to reality whole and ready.

Nowhere in that plan is Micah Jacinto, self-proclaimed adventurer and the kind of boy with his head stuck in the clouds and the moon inked on his arm—everything her rational sense tells her to stay away from. And yet Lux finds herself welcoming the distraction. As they spend the entire weekend together, Micah leads her to rediscover the lost pieces of herself amidst the excitement and the confusion of a raving mosh pit.

But all weekends come to an end and Lux needs to return to the dreaded reality she’s running away from. Does being brave enough to leave summer behind mean being brave enough to ask Micah to stay?



First Person.

The main character has mental health issues and self-harms.



Not really.
More like a happy for now.




This was a very mixed read for me and for a lot of the book I wasn't sure what to make of it.
It was a bit rambly and incoherent at times but when it wasn't it was beautifully written.

It's told from the pov of Lux who I struggled to connect with.
She was running away from, well, life at the beginning of the novel and running towards a music festival. That was easy enough to wrap my head around but the rest of her thinking... Not so much.
Simply put, the chick has issues and I just couldn't relate to her at all.
 Her impulses and her way of thinking was so foreign to me, it jarred horribly.

I was at 10% and seriously considering DNFing the book but I persisted and I'm glad I did.
For on the bus to the music festival, she meets a boy.
A sweet, chatty, interesting and persistent boy who doesn't let her shut him out and they form the most amazing connection that was addictive to read about.
However, despite the magical connection and weekend they share, the book is almost painfully realistic in the way things play out.
Meeting a wonderful boy, who she could one day love, does not heal Lux. It doesn't make her problems go away. This is not a 'love cures all' type of book. It's a book designed to foster understanding. To promote acceptance and tolerance.
Lux doesn't think anyone can deal with her, Micah thinks that she'd worth it: Dark places, scary times and all.
The book is sweet, beautiful and hopeful.
It leaves you feeling optimistic for their future but doesn't delve into the future.
I ended up liking it but, at the same time, not.
It was just a little too real for the light-hearted summer read I was expecting.

I love the old school look of the cover and the summery vibes.

"I’m afraid of falling and never getting back up."


“Scientists.” He shakes his head. “Always sterilizing the feels."


“Don’t think that taking your life is going to solve anything. Days end, but unless it’s the end of the world, it’s not your ending yet.”


“People who say they don’t believe in relationships are probably just scared of it. So instead of facing that fear and allowing themselves to be open with a person, they say they don’t believe in it and act all tough when they’re the ones who desperately need to be loved."



  1. I'm glad this wasn't a love fixes all type of book, but it sounds like it could have been written a bit better too!


    1. It could have been better but it was an oddly compelling read. :)

  2. The cover is great, but you're right, it doesn't seem to fit with the issues the main character is dealing with, which sound pretty dark and very real.

    1. Definitely doesn't. Still, the budding relationship was sweet and addictive.

  3. Sometimes you go in expecting one thing an end up getting a different story than you expected. Sounds interesting.

    1. That's not always a bad thing but in this case I just wasn't prepared for or in the mood for heavy.

  4. I read, and enjoyed , the second one but this was a little more of a mixed bag with reviews and I think the couple gets more books?? I might come back to it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Oh, it'd be good to see how it played out for them! But the book was definitely a mixed bag.


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