The Trick To Landing

Title: The Trick to Landing

Author: Jenny Kaczorowski

Series: Oceanside High # 2

Publication:

Pages: N/A because Kindles can be mean

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

When you wipe out in life, who helps you get back up again?

After a gnarly fall in competition, a DUI, and moving in with her mom dashed her hopes for a spot in this year’s X Games, 16-year-old skateboarder Summer O’Neill is left with one last shot at redemption. But her fresh start is even harder than getting back on the half pipe: hours of community service, a party girl reputation she can’t shake, and life with a mother she hardly knows leave Summer scrambling to keep her world stable.

The very last thing Summer is looking for is a boyfriend, at least until she meets Sebastian Vega. Steady, unassuming, and self-assured, he’s everything she’s not. Before long, she’s sneaking out for midnight sandcastle building excursions and trading in her art class for private photography lessons with Bastian.

But Summer’s past won’t stay behind her and Bastian has problems of his own – including a bleeding disorder that seeps into every aspect his life. While he pushes against the limitations of his hemophilia, she is bound by the rules of her probation. When the ramifications of her past crimes collide with his frustration, it may be more than their budding relationship can bear.

With the next X Games qualifier rapidly approaching, Summer has to own up to her mistakes if she wants to soar again. If she can’t, she’ll lose more than her second chance. She’ll lose her future-in skating, and with Bastian.

My Semi-Coherent and Not At All Complete Thoughts:

Well, that just happened. I’m not sure how I feel and I might write a longer review later when I can fully piece together everything that I liked and everything that slightly bothered me. For now, I give you this:

1. The romance was swoon worthy, adorable, and all around perfection
2. The characters were well developed, had obvious transformations, and were very complex.
3. The premise of the book was both interesting and original – plus it was executed very well.

BUT:
4. Summer, the protagonist, annoyed the hell out of me
5. Her mother was worse… way, way worse. Just, lemme hit that woman with a shovel, okay?

I have a hard time liking a book, really, really liking a book when the main character drives me completely insane. Case in point, I think The Trick To Landing would be a solid “hell yes” read if it weren’t for Summer and her pointless, petty shenanigans and her far too condescending attitude. So, as it stands, this book at the moment is a pretty solid no. If it were a movie, I would tell you to Redbox it rather than purchase for your own amusement.

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