Sounds Like Summer by Six de los Reyes
Publication Date: 2016 by Anvil Publishing
Genre: New Adult Romance
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?
There is no ready, only willing.
This book is the definition of spontaneous.
Maybe one day, twenty years from now, I can fully rationalize and justify having lunch with Micah, a complete stranger I met on the bus…I would blame it on the sun, the sand, the surf, and his smile. Definitely that smile. Witchcraft, I tell you.
It’s definitely not an ordinary weekend for Lux, even if we take Micah out of the picture.
It’s that feeling all over again, when your chest clenches and your throat closes up, and your mouth is too dry but you’re too numb to feel the hurt. That’s what it’s like when you’re reminded of the way your world came crashing down upon you.
Lux was having what I call the dark times. And during such times, people like me badly need an escape.
I can’t really say that Lux and I are alike, but I can relate to her thoughts. I can somehow feel her pain. So I can’t blame her for the “delayed teenage rebellion” and the desire to be alone.
But then our dear Micah enters the picture, and he’s Mr. Adventure. He says ~SHOOKENING~ (#FilipinoFansCanRelate) things – you know, the kind that can stop the world for a few moments so you can reconsider the possibilities. The kind that makes you doubt your thoughts because he may actually be right. (Or it could be witchcraft.)
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. They’re the ones you gotta crack because they’re all hard on the outside, mush on the inside.
I actually marked a lot of quotes in this book, but sharing them all here would spoil some parts and would make this review reaaaally loooong. Plus, it would ruin the experience for you.
You need to live in this book.
In the end, it’s never the big things that push you past the breaking point. It’s always the small rejections, frustrations that build with each repetition, the not-good-enoughs and the not-quite-there-yets that break you apart. And then you’re just trapped beneath a landslide of everything that’s supposed to hurt less than a broken bone.
Typing the quote now hurts more than when I first read it. I guess it’s because the time you choose to read a book matters. It matters like the time you listen to a song matters.
It matters a lot. So when you meet someone like Micah – when you meet someone who could be your anchor – you don’t let go.
The way I see it, you find something that makes you happy or maybe it finds you, then that’s what you do. You just do it. Told you, you got to make room for happy.
Sounds Like Summer is not just a book. To me, it’s the voice I often took for granted. It’s the silent cry of my heart to be brave, especially when I feel the weakest. It’s something that needs to be heard.
With a music festival you’d love to attend and a romance you’d root for until the end (or the beginning, if you look at it in a different way), this book should make it to your summer to-read list. ❤
Final Rating: 5/5