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In this coming-of-age novel, Melanie Collier is learning how to survive the college experience with few friends and a loner tendency. She never imagined herself going to such a large university because it seemed just too impossible - too many people and too far from home. Melanie's freshman year is full of social anxieties, the discovery of Creative Writing courses, and thIn this coming-of-age novel, Melanie Collier is learning how to survive the college experience with few friends and a loner tendency. She never imagined herself going to such a large university because it seemed just too impossible - too many people and too far from home. Melanie's freshman year is full of social anxieties, the discovery of Creative Writing courses, and the chance meeting with a charming yet secretive Australian tennis player, Lleyton Harris. The culmination of which have drawn Melanie out of her shell and helped her open up to her new life at Indiana University. Melanie becomes mildly addicted to the blossoming relationship with Lleyton, and she hopes that their banter and love of music can survive the summer. The Other Summer Girl is the first book in the Melanie Collier Series. Stay tuned for The Fall of Us coming out late summer 2014. More information about the author can be found here: http://sarahdtowne.com/...

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ISBN : 20638344
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Number of Pages : 270 Pages
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the other summer girl Reviews

  • Tina Stadig-Lewis
    2018-10-18 02:10

    For Sarah being a first time author this was an excellent first attempt.So the beginning was a little hard to follow, but when you get into it a few chapters and you will be hooked.The ability to write a story that people can relate with is a talent most authors do not have. This story captures Melanie's anxieties and insecurities and being a freshman in a top 10 university. You can sense how she struggles with her lack of experience and naivety throughout the story. During Melanie's second semester she meets the handsome tennis player from Australia, Lleyton. As Lleyton and Melanie start their friendship, Melanie finds that Lleyton may not be on the same page is her, that there are things that he hides from her.There are so many twists and turns and the story that you have to keep turning the pages to know where it is going. I look forward to the follow up story so that I can find out if Lleyton is playing both sides of the field, or if the nasty little Hilary is just as delusional as I hope she is.Three and a half stars excellent first novel.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-21 02:12

    The Other Summer Girl is listed as a new adult contemporary romance. I would categorize it more as a Young Adult realistic fiction. There was romance, and it certainly took up a lot of the book, at least in the main characters eyes, but I think a much bigger focus of the book was watching Melanie adjust to college life during her freshman year. The Other Summer Girl is a difficult book for me to review, and I am going to attempt to explain why. On one hand The Other Summer Girl is excellent. Sarah D. Towne's writing has this incredibly engaging and honest voice. I felt like I was sitting down talking to someone explain their freshman year of college. It felt so real. This book does an excellent job portraying the college experience for so many people. From dorm life to sororities to roommate issues, to parties. Everything was just like I remembered it. From a realistic fiction standpoint, The Other Summer Girl is fantastic. But... (yes, you knew that was coming) The romance was just not what I was expecting. Melanie is so inexperienced when it comes to guys, and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it made her become all about Lleyton. It seemed like every moment of every day was Lleyton, Lleyton, Lleyton. Which would have been fine if I thought he was this amazing guy. But he just gave me an uneasy feeling every time I saw him. I wanted so badly to believe that he is this great guy, but all of these things kept happening that would make me just not trust him. I trusted that he liked Melanie, but I just didn't trust that she was the only one he "liked". And because Mel was just so young and fresh faced with everything, I just wanted to protect her from scummy guys. But then again, I would remind myself that even though Lleyton might be a scumbag (or maybe not, but even if I thought he was.) that he was oh so very realistic. Not every book can be all sunshine and butterflies when it comes to romance. Not every guy is going to be into grand gestures, and sappy romance. Lleyton was like countless college guys. Some could even say that he didn't do a thing wrong. He was just "hanging out" with Melanie. He didn't put labels on anything, but you could tell that Melanie thought it was more than that. Once I finished the book, I sat back and thought about it. Even though I disliked Lleyton most of the time, my realistic side won out. Sarah D. Towne wrote a great realistic fiction book. Not every romantic comedy ends with the love of your life HEA, especially during your freshman year in college. But if you look at the book from the perspective of Melanie's coming of age college experiences, this honestly can't be beaten. It is just so earnest, that you can't help me moved by it. Am I going to continue the series? Heck yes! I want to know exactly what is going on with Lleyton, and what it means for Melanie. Plus, I want Melanie to grow a bit of a backbone and I feel like we were just starting to see that side of her at the end of this book. If you are looking for something that reads like a peak into a girl's diaries, The Other Summer Girl is the book for you.

  • Michelle
    2018-09-26 02:38

    **See this full review and more at http://bookbriefs.net**The Other Summer Girl is listed as a new adult contemporary romance. I would categorize it more as a Young Adult realistic fiction. There was romance, and it certainly took up a lot of the book, at least in the main characters eyes, but I think a much bigger focus of the book was watching Melanie adjust to college life during her freshman year. The Other Summer Girl is a difficult book for me to review, and I am going to attempt to explain why. On one hand The Other Summer Girl is excellent. Sarah D. Towne's writing has this incredibly engaging and honest voice. I felt like I was sitting down talking to someone explain their freshman year of college. It felt so real. This book does an excellent job portraying the college experience for so many people. From dorm life to sororities to roommate issues, to parties. Everything was just like I remembered it. From a realistic fiction standpoint, The Other Summer Girl is fantastic. But... (yes, you knew that was coming) The romance was just not what I was expecting. Melanie is so inexperienced when it comes to guys, and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it made her become all about Lleyton. It seemed like every moment of every day was Lleyton, Lleyton, Lleyton. Which would have been fine if I thought he was this amazing guy. But he just gave me an uneasy feeling every time I saw him. I wanted so badly to believe that he is this great guy, but all of these things kept happening that would make me just not trust him. I trusted that he liked Melanie, but I just didn't trust that she was the only one he "liked". And because Mel was just so young and fresh faced with everything, I just wanted to protect her from scummy guys. But then again, I would remind myself that even though Lleyton might be a scumbag (or maybe not, but even if I thought he was.) that he was oh so very realistic. Not every book can be all sunshine and butterflies when it comes to romance. Not every guy is going to be into grand gestures, and sappy romance. Lleyton was like countless college guys. Some could even say that he didn't do a thing wrong. He was just "hanging out" with Melanie. He didn't put labels on anything, but you could tell that Melanie thought it was more than that. Once I finished the book, I sat back and thought about it. Even though I disliked Lleyton most of the time, my realistic side won out. Sarah D. Towne wrote a great realistic fiction book. Not every romantic comedy ends with the love of your life HEA, especially during your freshman year in college. But if you look at the book from the perspective of Melanie's coming of age college experiences, this honestly can't be beaten. It is just so earnest, that you can't help me moved by it. Am I going to continue the series? Heck yes! I want to know exactly what is going on with Lleyton, and what it means for Melanie. Plus, I want Melanie to grow a bit of a backbone and I feel like we were just starting to see that side of her at the end of this book. If you are looking for something that reads like a peak into a girl's diaries, The Other Summer Girl is the book for you.

  • Sofia Lazaridou
    2018-10-12 05:35

    I was going to give a 2 star rating to the book, but the end piqued my interest and now I want to read the second book.Why the low rating? First of all most of the book happens in Spring. The title says Summer. That wasn't going to be a problem until I started to wonder about the rest of the title. Where was the other girl? She was under Melanies nose all this time. Hints were thrown at her during the book and she brushed them off. Well, I didn't, and I am sure neither will you, and I knew who the other girl was before Melanie found out. It was painfully obvious who that girl is.I would have preferred a little more info on the other girl situation. Not just a message but a whole conversation or at least something else. I will try to give Lleyton the benefit of the doubt which is silly since that one message was really incriminating.I did not feel as if Lleyton and Melanie had enough chemistry to have a romantic potential. I am not sold on their romance. I could see them as best friends, but nothing more. I didn't know where they were standing in for most of the book. Were they friends? Almost lovers? Somewhere between? I hope the author will change my opinion on the second book. I would also like to add Amy, Melanie's roommate to the review because you are going to see her a lot in the book and her role is not yet identified. Her behavior towards Melanie switches a couple of times. Sometimes she is nice to her and some others, she is acting like the enemy. What's the deal with her?The book wasn't bad for a debut novel. It was pretty good actually. You should read it, despite what I say. I read it in a time when I kept stumbling upon books with lots of action so this book seemed a little too slow paced to me.

  • Sabriena
    2018-10-13 08:34

    The Other Summer Girl was a book that had a lot of promise for me so that's why I accepted the copy from Sarah Towne for a review. I love New Adult Romance books generally although some have been falling flat to me. I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately so figured this quick read will pull me out of it. Sadly, it didn't. I'm not starting out by saying it was a horrible story but it just wasn't for me. I'm not a huge fan the third person writing style so usually I shy away from those books. That's just a personal preference to me. I think this story would have been a lot easier to read if it was from Melanie's perspective. I might have enjoyed it a bit more. It seemed a bit slow in a lot of spots and I skimmed through a bit of the story to get somewhere. I did enjoy that Lleyton was Australian and the fact that they met in a friends dorm room and she tried Vegemite, by a spoon. That is the worst way to try that vile stuff but, I can't even get passed the smell of it so she's stronger than I am.The other girl was a bit obvious although it took until the end of the book to come into play. It definitely leaves you wondering what is going to happen in the next book, if there is one. All in all, I think that a lot of people could have the potential to like this book but, it just wasn't for me.

  • Wren Sugee
    2018-10-18 08:32

    I read this book in one sitting, and I have to say that it was definitely a unique read and for that I loved it! I thought Melanie's perspective was an authentic POV of a young woman going through a socially trying time as a freshman in college. This is not your typical boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they fall in love, etc. etc. Lleyton and Melanie's relationship is plagued with insecurities and moments that you don't want Melanie to enjoy necessarily because she is infatuated with this young man who seems to adore Melanie but who could never be the right guy for her. You can tell that Melanie has never had that guy in her life who loves her for who she is which is why she's falling for the seemingly luxuriousness of Lleyton - his BMW, his accent, his exotic-ness. At it's surface, you might think this is a typical new-adult novel. I am happy to report that it is not - there is romance but it's not your typical romance. You root for Melanie and hope that Lleyton isn't the scum that you secretly think that he is. Lleyton seems to be the physical representation of Melanie's eventual ease into the college life. Perhaps it should have stayed that way - but I cannot wait until the sequel. Towne's writing is rich and fluid. I recommend!For me, this is the Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep except the college version.

  • Lucinda Jester Smith
    2018-10-10 05:18

    Okay I was given this book by the author Sarah D. Townes for my read and an honest review. The gist of the story is about an inexperienced young girl and her freshman year of college at a major midwest university, trying to adjust being away from family. She isn't the typical young university student partying and fun loving chicha, instead she is the geeky nerd on her floor until she meets a hot Australian tennis player who captures her heart without her even getting it.Honestly I had a hard time getting into the story because the storyline would be going great and then it would revert to the beginning when Melanie was starting out at UOI. This was a repeat more than once, at least for me myself, several repetitions from the first chapters of the book made me as a reader crazy, feeling come on let's get on with it already. Finally several chapters later the story started to flow for Melanie and her hottie Australian Lleyton. I found myself rooting for this sweet innocent girl wanting her and the Aussie hottie to become one. But damn if Sarah didn't suck me in and now I'm panting for the second book!!!!!This story was difficult to get into at first but for her first book Sarah has sucked me in and I can't wait for the second book to find out what happens with Melanie and her Aussie hottie Lleyton!!!! Hurry up Sarah!!!

  • Ellen
    2018-09-27 08:29

    Loved this book. The author skillfully weaves together the social anxieties of an innocent freshman girl living in the party dorm at a large Midwestern university and the love story between Melanie and Lleyton. The book starts off in the second semester of Melanie's freshman year, and instead of drawing out the struggles of 1st semester in an entire section of the book, she throws in bits and pieces - the important moments - throughout the first fourth of the book. I like how she's done this because it takes something that could have been potentially long and cumbersome and creates the 1st semester stories into cleverly paralleled anecdotes alongside the present plot line. This only goes on long enough for the reader to see the pivotal change in Melanie's new college self-awareness when she meets the sexy Australian on the tennis team. This book really reels you in. I read this in two or three sittings. This is an author to watch! Great debut novel. Will be recommending to family and friends!

  • Marg O'brien
    2018-10-09 09:29

    Successful debut novel! The Other Summer GirlSarah D. TowneGreat story about an innocent college girl who seems to struggle emotionally with the shift to college. It's a refreshing look at the college experience and with a romantic interest. Lleyton is Melanie's first college kiss and their friendship/romance has its up's and down's. A couple female characters in the book show how Melanie is resistant to trust female friendships. The Other Summer Girl is full of twists and by the end you wonder if Melanie should drop the whole idea of Lleyton and move on but you get the sense that she will keep trying. The two seem to have this chemistry but it's truly uncertain what it will bring. I like this book as a stand alone, but I am definitely intrigued to see where the author goes next. Loved this. Will recommend to friends!

  • Bernadette (The Bumbling Bookworm)
    2018-10-16 08:25

    This review was originally posted on The Bumbling BookwormI wanted to enjoy this book, and I'm so disappointed that I didn't. Much of that was due to the fact that I'm Australian, and a lot of the things I took issue with wouldn't trouble someone who knows little about Australia. There are the bones of a good book in here, however I found it too difficult to see past my issues with the book to fully enjoy it. A lot of those issues can be fixed with a good editor and some thorough research, and I hope that the sequel benefits from that.Check out the rest of my review here!

  • Chris Pavesic
    2018-10-07 04:29

    This is a very interesting story. I do not want to give away any of the plot aspects in this review; the reader should get to enjoy those on his/her own. The writing in the story is clear and the author uses a flashback technique that keeps a reader's interest elevated. The protagonist, Melanie, is both sympathetic and relatable. You can imagine meeting her in real life--especially at college. I found myself rooting for her success and sympathizing when she took that first bite of vegemite: It reminded me of the first time I tried Limburger cheese. (I was in college at the time too.)Although I picked up the book in March, I did not have time to read it until May. Once I started reading it, I was enthralled by the story and read it in about two sittings. I am certainly looking forward to the next novel.

  • J a c i n t a
    2018-09-30 03:13

    I was given a copy from Sarah D. Towne for an honest review!!!The first part of the book is slow and can get confusing at times as it switches between the Now & the Past when Melanie first started at college. I will also have to say the third person annoyed me, as Sarah would write in the now and then switch into third person and then back to the now. But I couldn't put the book down, just before halfway you get really sucked in.For Sarah's first novel she has done a good job and I think she will even get better as she goes along. I really loved the second part of this book.Overall I loved the story line of this book and Sarah has reeled me in wanting more. I really loved how the book ended and can't wait for the next book!!!

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    2018-10-01 10:35

    An original and interesting coming of age story through the eyes of an interesting character. Wrapped in the story are the insecurities of new circumstances, romance and friendships in various forms. This is the first book in a series and I found it enjoyable and interesting. I look forward to the other books in the series. 3.5 stars

  • Kaira
    2018-10-18 07:31

    Cliff hanger ending. Can't wait to read the sequel.