The Summer I Turned Pretty meets People We Meet on Vacation in a YA second chance romance where the rules for getting over an ex turn out to be more complicated than they seem.
Seventeen-year-old volleyball star Kaylee Jordan lives a life of player rankings, constant training, and a carefully curated social media full of followers watching to see if she'll go pro out of high school like her famous mom. Her one refuge, and the thing she looks forward to every summer? The vacation her family spends in Malibu with the Freeman-Yus. This year, there’s only one problem: Kaylee and their son, Dean, dated for the past three months, and Kaylee just unceremoniously dumped him. Hoping to spare them the worst summer ever, Kaylee comes to Dean with her unconventional solution: she’s going to walk him through her rules for getting over an ex. When Dean grudgingly cooperates, Kaylee’s got her work cut out for her. But helping Dean follow her own rules starts becoming difficult when the pressures of Kaylee’s family legacy and perfect life start to feel less like a plan and more like a prison…and amid warm California nights and stolen laughs, Kaylee feels herself falling for Dean for the same reasons and some new ones. With their trip coming to an end, Kaylee has to make the complicated choice between doing what’s expected and taking a (second) chance on love.
Living in the shadow of her beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist mother, 17-year-old Kaylee Jordan strives to make a name for herself in the same sport. Thanks to her drive, a grueling training schedule, and supportive rivals and mentors in the form of boyfriend Dean Freeman-Yu's younger sister, another up-and-coming volleyball star, and Dean's mother, Kaylee's mother's former volleyball partner, she becomes a nationally ranked athlete, successfully cultivating a reputation beyond her mother's influence. When the competition season is over, Kaylee is usually excited to spend the summer at her parents' Malibu beach house with Dean's family. But after Kaylee dumps Dean, this year's respite simmers with tension. Keen to remain friends, Kaylee endeavors to teach brokenhearted Dean how to get over her. In between practicing volleyball drills, she offers him dating tips and encourages him to find someone new, but when Dean starts pursuing someone else, Kaylee finds her feelings for him reigniting. Developing rifts between Kaylee's and Dean's mothers and dilemmas confronting Dean's younger sister add further emotional depth to this frothy, sports-forward beach read by married creators Wibberly and Siegemund-Broka (With and Without You). Kaylee's family is white; Dean's family is Jewish and Taiwanese. Ages 12–up.
More than a YA Romance
Never Vacation with Your Ex by Emily Wibberley was much more than a YA Romance; it was a book about how hard it is to be an older teen with all the pressures of social media. The need to be perfect; the tendency to always be ON. there’s so much stress to decide on a college on the school path, or a career choice, on sports trading, finding a mate, or at least a romantic partner. These things are tough; and if you have parents who are more competitive than reassuring, it may be really tough.
I do recommend this book for its intended audience, older teens. I also think some young adults who are near enough to the teen years and recall all the pressure and angst of the times will enjoy this Also. I know I did, although I am not within the range to recall my teen years in detail!