Monday, April 29, 2013

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Doktorski

3/5 Stars
How My Summer Went Up in Flames
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Rosie’s boyfriend dumps her and then is seen all over town with his “skank” of a new girlfriend. Rosie doesn’t take this well and in a moment of impulsivity ends setting his car on fire. Her ex-boyfriend then files a temporary restraining order against her and her parents force her on a summer road trip to get away from the situation. Rosie sets off with the boy next door, who has been her friend forever, and the boy next doors best friend and older brother.

I really like road trip books and How My Summer Went Up in Flames was no exception! The camaraderie between characters was my favorite thing about this book. After Rosie gets over her initial shock and frustration about being on the road trip she settles in with the boys and we get to know each of them in turn.

At first Rosie got on my nerves she was very selfish and wouldn’t let go of her relationship with her ex. I really wanted to play on a loop “He’s just not that in to you”. Luckily as the novel progressed and she put some distance between her and the ex Rosie got a lot better.

It was the boys Rosie was on the road trip with that really stood out to me. I loved her relationship with Matty, who had been close with her family since forever. He was a great foil to Rosie who was rash and impulsive he was calculating and dependable. I also liked Matty’s best friend Spencer who was a totally likable dork. That brings us to Logan who is the reason this road trip is happening in the first place, he was a funny leader, even though I don’t think he ever intended to be funny. I also liked the little relationship that developed between him and Rosie it was sweet and I liked how grown up Rosie was about it. 

Overall, How My Summer Went Up in Flames was a very cute beachy read, I really enjoyed Rosies’ character transformation and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.


  1. I've been looking forward to this one. Thanks for giving me a better idea of what to expect!

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  2. This book sounds adorable! I'm pretty sure everyone loves road trip books, and I'm glad that you enjoyed this one. The reasoning behind going on this roadtrip doesn't seem solid to me, and Rosie does sound a little off in the beginning, but like you said, it's supposed to be read as a cute beachy read. Hopefully I'll be able to pick this one up this summer, thanks for the fabulous review!

  3. I've been waiting for this book for SO long! It sounds good, despite Rosie being a bit annoying at first - I'm glad she improved!

    I think I'll be buying this in the USA!

  4. Love Road Trip books, such a fun summer read. Glad the main character redeems herself a bit as the book progresses!

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

  5. This sounds like a lot of fun. Road Trip novels are so addicting. I really want to read this one!

  6. I gave this book a 3 as well! Rosie really irritated me but yes, her growth was indeed lovely to read. And I like how it's not pure romance and really more on Rosie.