How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Goodreads Stars: DNF
Pages Read: ~100 (31%)
In the past, I never used to post reviews of books that I didn’t finish. I didn’t feel like I could write enough about them for the post to be considered a review. But I have changed my mind, and decided to give this a try. Please don’t class this as an “official” review, more of my jumbled thoughts on the book and why I wasn’t able to finish it.
My issue with How My Summer Went Up in Flames is the main character, Rosie. I’m pretty sure most of you readers out there wouldn’t be able to get into a book with a horrible main character. If I can’t connect with the protagonist, there is little hope for me. Which is why I couldn’t finish this one.
Rosie is absolutely horrible. She constantly whines about things, and is completely negative all the time. Surely she could have found something to be positive about? But nope, she was a complete downer and it grated on my mood. There is nothing likeable about Rosie at all.
In fact, I’m pretty sure Rosie was completely off her rocker. She lied about a lot of things for no good reason, she was spiteful and vicious, and she stalked her ex-boyfriend and set fire to his car. And then she stalked him some more even after she was issued with a restraining order. Even at a third of the way through, there was nothing happening with her character. She wasn’t growing, there weren’t any incidents which hinted that she was going to change later on, and overall her character development didn’t seem very promising. I would have liked at least a ray of hope, other than other readers promising that she gets better.
And last but not least, another issue I had with Rosie was that she used the words “slut” and “ho” to describe the girl that her ex-boyfriend, Joey, is now dating. Every. Single. Time the girl was mentioned. Sure, Joey cheated on Rosie with this girl, but I didn’t see Rosie going around calling Joey names. Of course.
In summary, Rosie is a nutjob and one of the most terrible characters I have ever read about. I wish I could look past her
idiocy flaws and see her grow, but she disgusted me too much in the beginning. Which is a shame, because I love road trips!