- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402277881
- ISBN-13: 978-1402277887
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Summer I Wasn't Me Paperback – 1 Apr 2014
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"Lexi is a likable protagonist with wide appeal. Many teens can relate...This title is recommended as a quality piece of fiction in a teen collection, and especially as part of an LGBTQ collection." - VOYA Magazine
"Lexi's earnest efforts to protect her mom from further grief...are poignant and powerfully conveyed... a sweet love story between two protagonists who both heartily deserve a break, and who manage to find one another even in the unlikeliest of settings...offers undeniable appeal to romance buffs." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book Reviews
""Lexi's...relationship develops in a satisfying way...a fine additional purchase for libraries looking to shore up their LGBT collection"" - Booklist
"Kids' doubts and misgivings about both identity and religious beliefs get a good airing here, and two books familiar to high school readers, The Great Gatsby and the "Harry Potter" series? provide an interesting backdrop for these discussions" - School Library Journal
About the Author
Jessica Verdi lives in Brooklyn, NY, and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She loves seltzer, Tabasco sauce, TV, vegetarian soup, flip-flops, and her dog. Visit her at www.jessicaverdi.com and follow her on Twitter @jessverdi.
Top Customer Reviews
However, even though the subject matter had me fuming from the beginning, I’m very glad I pushed past my own anger and read The Summer I Wasn’t Me, exactly because of the reason I’ve outlined above – even if something is so against our own personal beliefs and morals, I’ve always believed it’s important to push my own personal boundaries.
Now enough about my own issues with the plot – what Jessica Verdi has created is a story about a group of GLBT teens who are forced, either by themselves or their families, to de-gay themselves. And although the camp has a Christian setting, there are also other tasks that the teens are forced to perform that are simultaneously horrifying and eye-rollingly-cliched.
As for the characters, I liked Lexi – she struggles with her own identity and sexuality, and New Horizons definitely pushes her to the limits of her endurance – her conflict is obvious and at times were almost overwhelming. I’m sure everyone has felt confused about who they are and what they want to be, but Lexi is being pulled in so many directions by so many different people, it’s a huge struggle for her both physically and emotionally.
My award for favourite character however, goes to Matthew – he’s outspoken, hilarious and exudes the confidence of someone who is so sure about who he is, and he doesn’t really care who knows it.Read more ›
17-year-old Lexi is going to an anti-gay camp for the summer because her mother found out that she was in love with another girl and didn’t like it.
When Lexi gets to camp she’s immediately attracted to another girl there called Carolyn, and though she tries to fight her feelings, it’s clear that Carolyn has wormed her way into her heart.
Will the anti-gay camp work? Or will things work out for Lexi and Carolyn?
This was a really cute story about a group of kids sent to an anti-gay Christian camp for the summer, to rid them of their SSA (same sex attraction).
I really liked the main characters in this book, they were all such good people!
Lexi was great. I totally got how she felt when her mother got upset with her for being gay; with her father dead it was difficult for her to feel like she had disappointed her mother, even to the point where she wondered if camp really could de-gay-ify her, just to please her mother.
Carolyn was so sweet! She was such a beautiful character, and it was easy to see how right Carolyn and Lexi were for each other. I really liked Carolyn.
Matthew was also a fave! He was so sure of himself and knew exactly what he wanted, even if that went against what everyone else wanted him to want. The way he tried to get Carolyn and Lexi together, and the way he compared Jesus to Harry Potter was pretty awesome!
The storyline in this was pretty good, and didn’t go exactly the way I thought (which was good). He little twists and turns in the story were pretty entertaining, and I enjoyed this book more because it wasn’t quite so straight-forward.Read more ›
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At first, Lexi has some hope. The director of the camp claims he's been straight and happy for ten years. Most of the counselors also say that the program worked for them. Lexi just wants her mother to be okay again and is willing to do whatever that takes. Her resolve is seriously weakened when she's placed in a group of four teens with Carolyn, a quiet and beautiful blonde from Connecticut. The two boys in the group, Matthew and Daniel are interesting opposites. Daniel is continually abused both verbally and physically by his dad who drinks. He'll do anything to feel normal and stop the abuse. Matthew is fine being gay and even has a long-term relationship back home. His father, however can't stand the thought of a gay son and has issued an ultimatum: Make it through the two month program, or don't come home.
The story takes you through the exercises designed to reprogram the teens as well as giving the reader an intimate look at how camper ticks and why. As the camp session goes on, Lexi begins to start questioning the methods, and more importantly, the supposed success of the program. When she can't hide her attraction for Caroline and Matthew steps over the line and is placed in a very frightening and dangerous situation, Lexi, Daniel and Caroline have to decide what's really important.
This is one heck of a book, but it has the potential to polarize people. Those who are of the mindset that homosexuality is a learned trait, will not like this book, those who are more open-minded may well like it as much as I did. Regardless of how you feel, this is a great book for creating a dialogue about an extremely important issue that many teens and their families face.