I knew I was going to love Summer Reading from the very first pages, which are actually a note from the author. McKinlay shared that she did a lot of research on dyslexia and other learning disabilities to carefully portray the heroine in this story. In doing so, she learned many things about how she could ask the publisher to change the printing of the actual book to make it more dyslexic friendly. It was nice to see this being addressed both by the character on the page and in the actual printing of the book itself. I hope other books will be printed with these things in mind going forward. Small changes can make books more accessible for everyone to enjoy!
That being said, the story itself was just a warm, wonderful read. I loved Samantha and Ben – they were both easy to connect with. Sam had a lot stacked against her at the beginning of the story and it was fun to see her stretch herself outside of her comfort zone to achieve things she wasn’t sure she was capable of. I’m a big fan of Jenn McKinlay and this story is one more example of why!
ABOUT THE BOOK
When a woman who’d rather do anything than read meets a swoon-worthy bookworm, sparks fly, making for one hot-summer fling in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s new rom-com.
For Samantha Gale, a summer on Martha’s Vineyard at her family’s tiny cottage was supposed to be about resurrecting her career as a chef, until she’s tasked with chaperoning her half-brother, Tyler. The teenage brainiac is spending his summer at the local library in a robotics competition, and there’s no place Sam, who’s dyslexic, likes less than the library. And because the universe hates her, the library’s interim director turns out to be the hot-reader guy whose book she accidentally destroyed on the ferry ride to the island.
Bennett Reynolds is on a quest to find his father, whose identity he’s never known. He’s taken a temporary job on the island to research the summer his mother spent there when she got pregnant with him. Ben tells himself he isn’t interested in a relationship right now. Yet as soon as Sam knocks his book into the ocean, he can’t stop thinking about her.
An irresistible attraction blossoms when Ben inspires Sam to create the cookbook she’s always dreamed about and she jumps all in on helping him find his father, and soon they realize their summer fling may heat up into a happily ever after.