Lexi has a secret…
Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.
You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.
The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.
A story about staying true to who you are, The Summer I Wasn’t Me offers us a glimpse of the real meaning of being authentic. In a society where not many choose to “walk the talk”, I like that the story is not just about gender and perspective. Everyone can hold their own opinions but what’s essential is often not how well one can articulate their thoughts – it’s not difficult to say something that is totally meaningless or tell lies that sound like some sort of truth – but without love, moral is empty, just a bunch of words strung together to make noise and fill up space.
In the story, Lexi thought she had to change in order to fit into the role of being a good daughter. She thought if she changed, her mother would feel better. While the intention was good, she discovered in the process that there were things that were not up to her to control and in the end, she realized that a mother-daughter relationship was a two-way street. It’s something both parties had to give, care and respect, and I liked that Lexi learned to stop burdening herself with things that she could not control.
The staff and participants at the New Horizons summer camp were an interesting bunch. There were those who could easily be swayed by stronger influences and there were those who would never give up on truth and love. It’s interesting to see how each individual yearned for a sense of belonging and made adjustments to adapt and then ultimately, each of them discovered something that made them question their loyalty, sanity and decency.
Without a dull moment, The Summer I wasn’t Me is a thought-provoking, well-crafted pageturner. I didn’t expect to like the story this much but the plot did surprise me with its subtle twist and flavor.