The Summer After You and Me

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
The Summer After You and Me was a wonderful fast read. I enjoyed every minute of it. The cast of characters from Lucy, Liam, Conner, and more are likable and relate-able. The story is well developed with the normal teen drama we all have in our teen years. The back story of Superstorm Sandy is very well developed and intertwined throughout the book. I loved that Lucy and Liam the twin siblings had moments of being very close only to have a big blowout sibling fight. So many books don’t do sibling fights and rivalry as well as Jennifer Salvato Doktorski has! Lucy’s love of marine life was fun to read about and I loved the tidbits of information at the beginning of each chapter. 
This is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski and I will be seeing if my library has her other 2 books. Since I enjoyed this one so much. Between the characters, location and some great lines that had me thinking Yes she totally writes teen girls perfectly. I loved Lucy’s friends and family, and the dynamics of them and how they bounced off of each other. The Summer After You and Me is about love: both lost and found again, family, rebuilding after a tragedy, friendship: both lost and found again, siblings, and growing up and finding oneself and capturing those moments. 
summary: Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn’t just the perfect summer escape, it’s home. As a local girls, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her coastal town and stealing moonlight kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still she can’t help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper. Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy’s summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.