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Say Yes Summer

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Author: Lindsey Roth Culli

Published: May 12th 2020 by Delacorte Press

Format: Kindle Edition , 250 pages

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Language: English


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Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Netflix/Hallmark Channel rom-coms, this is the story of a girl who decides to give in to the universe and just say yes to everything, bringing her friendship, new experiences, and, if she lets her guard down, true love. The perfect book to kick off summer! For as long as Rachel Brooks can remember, she's had capital-G Goals: straight As Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Netflix/Hallmark Channel rom-coms, this is the story of a girl who decides to give in to the universe and just say yes to everything, bringing her friendship, new experiences, and, if she lets her guard down, true love. The perfect book to kick off summer! For as long as Rachel Brooks can remember, she's had capital-G Goals: straight As, academic scholarship, college of her dreams. And it's all paid off--after years of following the rules and acing every exam, Rachel is graduating at the top of her class and ready to celebrate by . . . doing absolutely nothing. Because Rachel Brooks has spent most of high school saying no. No to dances, no to parties, and most especially, no to boys. Now, for the first time in her life, there's nothing stopping Rachel from having a little fun--nothing, that is, except herself. So when she stumbles on a beat up old self-help book--A SEASON OF YES!--a crazy idea pops into her head: What if she just said yes to . . . everything? And so begins a summer of yes. Yes to new experiences and big mistakes, yes to rekindled friendships and unexpected romances, yes to seeing the world in a whole new way. This book is a fresh and fun take on the coming-of-age novel that explores the quintessential themes of growing up: taking risks, making mistakes, and, of course, love. And who knows? Lindsey Roth Culli's hilarious and heartwarming debut may just inspire your own SAY YES SUMMER.

30 review for Say Yes Summer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

    I read this completely in one sitting! Overall, it was a super cute, fast-paced, summer romance story. It was a bit simple, like a story I’ve read or watched multiple times before, but still enjoyable! Just like the description says, if you’re into Morgan Matson, you’ll find this enjoyable I think!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    If you’re ever looking for a quick, summery read that’s an instant dose of happiness, this book is the one for you. With major Morgan Matson vibes, Say Yes Summer was a book that I almost read in one sitting. It gave me the nostalgia of being a teen during the summer along with a cute romance to bat. I absolutely loved Rachel, the protagonist, whose personality is/was just like mine in high school where I played it safe, never said yes to new opportunities, never tried to hang out with new people If you’re ever looking for a quick, summery read that’s an instant dose of happiness, this book is the one for you. With major Morgan Matson vibes, Say Yes Summer was a book that I almost read in one sitting. It gave me the nostalgia of being a teen during the summer along with a cute romance to bat. I absolutely loved Rachel, the protagonist, whose personality is/was just like mine in high school where I played it safe, never said yes to new opportunities, never tried to hang out with new people, etc. Seeing Rachel say yes to opportunities I wish I had said yes to was so heartwarming, and I really related to her character and where she was coming from. This book was just an absolute treat! I had so much fun with it and the shenanigans Rachel got into with her friends. It’s the perfect read while stuck at home, unable to do the fun things that are mentioned in this book. I do have to say I wish the ending was fleshed out more by a few chapters because it felt a tad rushed, but other than that, I adored the story it had to tell.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars of cuteness! Say Yes Summer introduces you to Rachel and her two love interests Miles and Clayton. Both are pretty easy to fall in like with but only one is completely and utterly lovable. I'll let you decide who for yourself. Now this book was a really cute romcom. Heck I read it one little sitting.. which I thinks was maybe an hour or two? Not quite sure but I definitely flew through this one. After meeting Rachel, I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars of cuteness! Say Yes Summer introduces you to Rachel and her two love interests Miles and Clayton. Both are pretty easy to fall in like with but only one is completely and utterly lovable. I'll let you decide who for yourself. Now this book was a really cute romcom. Heck I read it one little sitting.. which I thinks was maybe an hour or two? Not quite sure but I definitely flew through this one. After meeting Rachel, I knew she was going to have face a ton of tough decisions. This is her last summer before heading off to college, the real world, and she's trying to break out of her little turtle shell. It was kind of cute how she thought no one really noticed her at school. It doesn't help that she said no to anything that remotely sounded fun due to being an introvert. She also worked at her family owned restaurant all the time too. So yeah.. she didn't do a whole lot of stuff throughout her high school years. Or any school years really. This is her one summer to say yes.. to basically everything. Which is why she found herself in a little love triangle and getting in trouble, a lot. Of course, the romance thing didn't last long. It also didn't take long for everyone to find out about it and to be hurt either. Yet, she somehow made amends to everyone because really.. this wasn't her at all and she didn't mean to hurt anyone either. In the end, things worked out. My ship sailed and it made me all gooey inside. I am very happy with this book and can't wait to jump into my next little romcom!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    She worked hard for the past four years, earning the title of valedictorian and a spot in the freshman class at Northwestern University, but in order to accomplish her goals, she had to miss out on many things. That was why Rachel decided to stop saying NO, and to make this her SAY YES SUMMER. • Pro: This book was the super-fun rom-com I was hoping for. It was great watching Rachel expand her social circle, as well as, reconnecting with a childhood friend. We went to parties, crossed the boarder, She worked hard for the past four years, earning the title of valedictorian and a spot in the freshman class at Northwestern University, but in order to accomplish her goals, she had to miss out on many things. That was why Rachel decided to stop saying NO, and to make this her SAY YES SUMMER. • Pro: This book was the super-fun rom-com I was hoping for. It was great watching Rachel expand her social circle, as well as, reconnecting with a childhood friend. We went to parties, crossed the boarder, and even climbed over 300 steps together. I had a terrific time sharing all these experiences with her, and I, more or less, had a smile on my face the whole time. • Pro: There was also some substance to this book. As Rachel said YES, she was experiencing many notable firsts and teen rites of passage. All this YES led to some mistakes, and she sort of lost herself in all of it for a bit. But, have no fear, she quickly found her way back. This idea of risk taking, but staying true to yourself was prevalent, and I quite liked the way Culli wove it into Rachel's tale. • Pro: I adored Rachel. Her determination, focus, and dedication were admirable, but I also liked seeing her explore new options. I loved being in her head, because Rachel with no filter was fantastic, and I just found her so honest and real. • Con: Alert! Love triangle! I am not a huge fan of these, though, it was, thankfully, short lived, and I was ok with the way it worked out. • Pro: Rachel's family was so fabulous! They had some ups and downs with Rachel during her summer of yes, but they were patient, and always loving. I especially adored her Nonna, who was wise, and often, hilarious. She was a straight shooter, and had no problem setting Rachel straight, but she did it with lots of love and affection. • Pro: I already mentioned the love triangle, and I have to admit, both the suitors were pretty wonderful. On the one hand, there was her crush, who she had pined for throughout high school. On the other hand, there was the boy she grew up with, shared a million memories with, and who she suddenly started seeing in a different light. I will admit, I enjoyed the bit of romance she shared with both of them, and that sort of made me this particular triangle a bit difficult for me. Overall: You know what I don't regret? Saying YES to this book, because I had the BEST time reading it! It was fun, sweet, touching, and it left me with a gigantic case of the warm-fuzzies and a HUGE grin on my face. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    3.5 stars What a perfectly entertaining (and enjoyable) summer romcom. It sorta reminded me of Booksmart in the beginning - overachiever regretting missing out on the high school experience and decides to broaden horizons the summer before college, so if you're looking for something to remind you of a great movie, look no further. Rachel has a very eventful summer after taking a self-help book to heart and starts to get outside of her comfort zone (and juggle 2 guys affections). There was a lot o 3.5 stars What a perfectly entertaining (and enjoyable) summer romcom. It sorta reminded me of Booksmart in the beginning - overachiever regretting missing out on the high school experience and decides to broaden horizons the summer before college, so if you're looking for something to remind you of a great movie, look no further. Rachel has a very eventful summer after taking a self-help book to heart and starts to get outside of her comfort zone (and juggle 2 guys affections). There was a lot of really cute moments and I was happy to see her reconnect with an old friend who had drifted apart. Say Yes Summer is a sweet summer read that is just a lot of fun. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars I really liked this synopsis and the blurb from Kasie West, so I jumped in. I really liked Rachel. She’s smart and once she realizes that she’s kept her head down all through high school, she’s determined to try something new. There’s a pretty small group of characters here and I will say that Nonna stole every scene she was in. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a lot of fluff and fun experiences coupled with boys and rekindled friendships. I loved the growth Rachel had and this slice of 3.5 stars I really liked this synopsis and the blurb from Kasie West, so I jumped in. I really liked Rachel. She’s smart and once she realizes that she’s kept her head down all through high school, she’s determined to try something new. There’s a pretty small group of characters here and I will say that Nonna stole every scene she was in. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a lot of fluff and fun experiences coupled with boys and rekindled friendships. I loved the growth Rachel had and this slice of time was perfect for what she wanted to do. Overall, it was a quick and super cute read with a character I could easily root for. **Huge thanks to Delacorte Press for providing the arc free of charge**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ana Ramos

    2.75 tho I really enjoyed the synopsis. These were my expectations as I kept reading: I feel bad giving this rate because I actually enjoyed the last 50 pages and the route it took towards the end and I'd like to say it justify the annoying cliche characters at the beginning and a too predictable start plot but unfortunately it was too slow for me and at the end it didn't paid off 2.75 tho I really enjoyed the synopsis. These were my expectations as I kept reading: I feel bad giving this rate because I actually enjoyed the last 50 pages and the route it took towards the end and I'd like to say it justify the annoying cliche characters at the beginning and a too predictable start plot but unfortunately it was too slow for me and at the end it didn't paid off

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    What a cute summer read! This was pretty typical YA romance, but I really enjoyed it! I related the main character so much, and there were so many moments that had me smiling. Ultimately, this book is about learning to say "no"--and how to say "yes." It's about going out of your comfort zone but staying true to yourself, which is a message everyone needs to hear sometimes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joee (booksandacupofjoee)

    This was such a sweet YA Summery story about a girl learning to say yes to new adventures after graduation which did include 2 very cute boys. 😜🙌 It was a cute love triangle that had me torn at first. It was a super quick, precious read that gave me the summer vibes I was looking for! If you want something sweet, quick and fluffy I'd give this one a shot!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    What a cute read to kick off summer! I loved this book, Rachel is a great character and the plot is fun and moves quickly. Rachel is the Valedictorian, super smart girl that never experienced high school life. Parties, boyfriends, and making mistakes were never part of her agenda, but now that summer is here, she decides to take some risks and just say yes to everything. I really liked that both Miles and Clayton were good guys and neither were stuck up or treated her poorly. I had a favorite, Te What a cute read to kick off summer! I loved this book, Rachel is a great character and the plot is fun and moves quickly. Rachel is the Valedictorian, super smart girl that never experienced high school life. Parties, boyfriends, and making mistakes were never part of her agenda, but now that summer is here, she decides to take some risks and just say yes to everything. I really liked that both Miles and Clayton were good guys and neither were stuck up or treated her poorly. I had a favorite, Team Miles!, but I would have been happy for Rachel no matter which guy she chose. Seeing her gain confidence and have her first love(s) was sweet. I also really enjoyed the friendship part of Rachel reconnecting with Carrie and deciding to let past issues go. I'm so glad I read this book, it made me smile and sometimes you need a feel good read. I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** Say Yes Summer was cute and fluffy YA Contemporary, a coming of age story of Rachel and her summer of saying yes to everything. It was about pros and cons of saying Yes or No that comes with opportunity cost, experiencing the world for the first time, friendship, family, and love. Writing was simple, easy, and entertaining. It was super-fast paced *** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. *** Say Yes Summer was cute and fluffy YA Contemporary, a coming of age story of Rachel and her summer of saying yes to everything. It was about pros and cons of saying Yes or No that comes with opportunity cost, experiencing the world for the first time, friendship, family, and love. Writing was simple, easy, and entertaining. It was super-fast paced, I finished this book within a day, which rarely happens with me. It was first person narrative from Rachel’s perspective that made me understand her feelings and how she was seeing the world and experienced her summer adventure. Setting of Michigan and all beautiful touristy beach, Kalamazoo lake, Lake Michigan, Mt Baldhead and Rachel’s parents’ new venture cream cart and ice-cream gondolas (yum yum) gave the story whole summery vibe. It was interesting to read how Rachel came out of her shell, overcame her fears, rekindled friendship, found lovers, learned many things specially what it’s like to be free and live out in real world. It was pretty simple plot, I knew how this was going to end but at the same time it was cute and lovely to read Rachel’s summer adventure. Why 4 stars - Not fan of love triangle and I have read/seen something like this before. It sounded a bit clichéd and predictable. Overall, Say Yes Summer was fluffy, feel good, enjoyable, cute and coming of age YA contemporary with lovable characters. I recommend this to fan of this genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    This was super cute. As a studious, cautious person growing up, I really related to Rachel. Loved her family and that she has a job at their restaurant. Liked the way the book dealt with female friendship and had her reconnect with someone she’d drifted apart from. It was fun to see her try new things! Just a heads-up that part of Rachel's saying "yes" is exploring her feelings for two different guys and this does create a triangle-y romantic situation, if that is an issue for you. I definitely s This was super cute. As a studious, cautious person growing up, I really related to Rachel. Loved her family and that she has a job at their restaurant. Liked the way the book dealt with female friendship and had her reconnect with someone she’d drifted apart from. It was fun to see her try new things! Just a heads-up that part of Rachel's saying "yes" is exploring her feelings for two different guys and this does create a triangle-y romantic situation, if that is an issue for you. I definitely support teens who are exploring ALL their options, but there was a back-and-forth between the guys that made me a little sad. Both were great guys and I knew she'd have to reject one (and of course I had my preference lol.) But happy that I have found a new author to put on my YA contemporary list! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let’s be friends on Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed how quick and light this book was. With that being said, I felt like the main character’s family extremely overreacted when they told her she hadn’t been herself. To me, Rachel’s decision to say yes was admirable. She didn’t say yes to absolutely everything that came her way and (at least I felt like) she had stayed true to who she was...she was just branching out more. She never did anything dang Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed how quick and light this book was. With that being said, I felt like the main character’s family extremely overreacted when they told her she hadn’t been herself. To me, Rachel’s decision to say yes was admirable. She didn’t say yes to absolutely everything that came her way and (at least I felt like) she had stayed true to who she was...she was just branching out more. She never did anything dangerous or awful. She just stepped a little out of her comfort zone which is extremely brave and admirable. With that being said, essentially dating two guys at once is a huge no but she never did anything outrageous and I felt like her family made it seem like she basically began to act completely differently and like....I don’t know....turned to drug dealing or something. Her actions didn’t seem to warrant the reactions she received from her parents. Also, this might just be me because I have read way too many romance novels (YA or not) but I am just so sick of love triangles and the one in this book didn’t seem to make any kind of sense. The entire thing with Miles felt disingenuous and out of left field. Otherwise, a solid 3.5/5 for a quick escape from reality.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deborah E Kehoe

    Rachel’s life has been all about structure and checking off the items that will help her achieve her goals. Good grades, extracurricular activity at the old folks home, staying in on Friday night to study- check, check, check! When she finds an inspirational book of her Nonna’s she curiously checks it out and before she knows it, her no’s have turned into yes’s. This cute contemporary is all about making small changes, saying yes to new experiences, and living life to the fullest! Rachel’s life h Rachel’s life has been all about structure and checking off the items that will help her achieve her goals. Good grades, extracurricular activity at the old folks home, staying in on Friday night to study- check, check, check! When she finds an inspirational book of her Nonna’s she curiously checks it out and before she knows it, her no’s have turned into yes’s. This cute contemporary is all about making small changes, saying yes to new experiences, and living life to the fullest! Rachel’s life has gone in the direction she’s wanted, yet on the summer before she leaves for college she wonders if she hasn’t missed out on a lot of experiences by being so focused on her grades. Even if high school was a long time ago these feelings of hesitation and second guessing are all totally familiar. Rachel’s decision to say yes to one thing- going to a party a cute boy invites her to- in fact, changes the way she see’s life, and that change is the impetus for her to keep saying yes. Another thing a lot of us can identify with, although for Rachel her yes’s are pretty small time and innocent. Say Yes Summer is a cute YA contemporary that delivers a pretty impactful message for readers who may be stuck in their homes dreaming of what’s next in their own lives. I enjoyed living vicariously through her decisions, and actually wished it had continued on for a little longer. It was a nostalgic read that struck the right chord and I’d totally recommend it if you are looking for a few hours of light entertainment. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I received a copy of the ARC through NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review and it was honest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Wilson

    Super quick and fun summer read! I honestly wish there was more to this one. The main conflict was resolved only like 5 pages after the climax, so it felt a bit unrealistic, but it was fine bc it was all cute and sweet and whatnot. I really liked the “say yes summer” concept and could relate to the main character a lot.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chance (temporary.escaper)

    Thank you to NetGalley for giving an eArc in exchange for an honest review! 2.5 🌟 The story itself was cute, but it was shallow and underdeveloped. I didnt care for the main character and felt like she was just annoying most of the time. There was no buildup or chemistry, you’re just plopped into a teenie bopper love story and one or two things happen quick that are unrealistic then it’s over.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin (erinevelynreads)

    Say Yes Summer has all the perfect elements of the genre: a love triangle, re-discovering friendships, a crappy, yet endearing summer job, a likable young heroine, and young love. It’s perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Morgan Matson!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Greene

    Cute summer read. I liked the characters and style of writing but felt like the romance elements were not developed enough to be fully believable. If this had like 50 more pages I think the author could’ve done a lot to enhance the romance. As it is it’s probably 3.5/3.75 stars but rounding up. Also the cover! So cute!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Content Rating: 16+ Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Published: May 12th, 2020 by Delacorte Press Say Yes Summer is a light, straightforward rom-com that is a bit predictable, but still enjoyable. This is the first book by Lindsey Roth Culli that I have read, and while the writing and character development are relatively well done, it did feel a bit unpolished. Rachel Brooks has done everything right in the first eighteen years of her life. She has had laser focus thro My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Content Rating: 16+ Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Published: May 12th, 2020 by Delacorte Press Say Yes Summer is a light, straightforward rom-com that is a bit predictable, but still enjoyable. This is the first book by Lindsey Roth Culli that I have read, and while the writing and character development are relatively well done, it did feel a bit unpolished. Rachel Brooks has done everything right in the first eighteen years of her life. She has had laser focus throughout her four years of high school and has let nothing interfere with her goals. The only problem with saying no is Rachel has missed out on all the ups and downs that high school has to offer. She has been a passive participant, a person looking in on but never experiencing anything. "I was never brave enough to tell Clayton how I feel about him. I was never brave enough to talk to Clayton, period, and now it's too late." Rachel is the valedictorian of her high school and has been accepted to her dream college with a generous scholarship. Her plan for the summer - to catch up on all the non-school reading she put aside over the last four years. That is until she comes across one of her Nonna's old books, A Season of Yes! "We are, as Aristotle said, what we repeatedly do. Therefore, if we repeatedly say yes to opportunities, people, and experiences, we will become our truest, fullest selves." For the first time in her life, Rachel is going to say yes to everything, yes to boys, yes to parties and yes to just about everything that comes her way. And YES, this gets her into loads of fun experiences. However, it also gets her into situations that she never expected to be in and ill-prepared to deal with, but isn't that part of growing up? "I can't believe this happened. I can't believe I made such a freaking mess." The relationship between Rachel and her mom had some tense moments, as mother-daughter relationships often do. However, I liked that the author took the time to show the renewed understanding, love, and respect that developed between Rachel and her mom. But my favorite relationship was between Rachel and her Nonna. Nonna is a real character; she is funny, caring, and hip for an old gal. The imagines of these two strong women supporting Rachel were very refreshing and so important to the story. I would have liked if there had been more of a buildup between the characters regarding the romance portion of the plot. I don't want to give too much away, but Rachel will have to make some hard decisions in her journey to adulthood. Say Yes Summer is a cute, easy to read a book that I would recommend if you are looking for a lighthearted romantic coming of age book. You will smile, shake your head, thinking back on all the crazy decisions you made as a teenager. Happy reading and happy remembering. * Please note the quotes in my review are subject to change once the book is published. * ** I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley, publisher, and author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. **

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emelie

    Say Yes Summer Review: Rating: 4 stars So I’ve been reading a lot of books about summer it seems, and none of them have surprised me more than Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli. I was browsing books on Netgalley recently, and the description of this book caught my eye, and I was lucky enough to get approved for an e-arc. So thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Things I Liked: - I really loved the main character, Rachel. I thought she woul Say Yes Summer Review: Rating: 4 stars So I’ve been reading a lot of books about summer it seems, and none of them have surprised me more than Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli. I was browsing books on Netgalley recently, and the description of this book caught my eye, and I was lucky enough to get approved for an e-arc. So thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Things I Liked: - I really loved the main character, Rachel. I thought she would have been a little stuck up, or at the very least naive, but she was super fun to read about! Her character was innocent, but she was still very confident and outgoing. Her voice felt like an authentic teenager, and I was rooting for her the entire book! I also loved the idea of Rachel branching out the summer before college, and learning more about herself. It was endearing to watch her grow over the course of the book. - I loved all the relationships in this book! - The familial relationships were so fun! Rachel works in her families pizza shop with all her family, including her awesome Nona. And her mom was reasonably concerned for her at the appropriate times. - Rachels reconnection with her friend from middle school was also amazing to read about! Their banter felt so natural and I loved how open they were with one another - I also liked the endearing scene with Bethany! It really steered away from the typical mean girl trope, which I wholeheartedly appreciated. - I also love both the boys in this book! (Yes there is a love triangle, but it was handled really well! I am very picky with love triangles, but this one worked) Miles and Clayton were both so unique, and they both were super sweet! Miles was the dorky but brooding hacker boy next door, and Clayton was the super popular star soccer player who was very passionate about the environment! I only wish that the book was a little longer, as the ending felt bit rushed. The prevailing relationship could have used the extra development towards the end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri Saikia | per_fictionist

    AAAAAHHHH!!! This book was a DELIGHT! We have Rachel, a rather apprehensive teen who finds it difficult to step out of her comfort zone. But she has just one summer to take THAT big step : EXACTLY "SEVENTY SEVEN DAYS, EIGHTEEN HOURS AND TWENTY ONE MINUTES" and so she decides that this summer will be the summer of "YESes" And thus begins Rachel's quite remarkable summer! I absolutely enjoyed Rachel's story and being a total introvert, myself I could relate so much with her! I know how unthinkable it AAAAAHHHH!!! This book was a DELIGHT! We have Rachel, a rather apprehensive teen who finds it difficult to step out of her comfort zone. But she has just one summer to take THAT big step : EXACTLY "SEVENTY SEVEN DAYS, EIGHTEEN HOURS AND TWENTY ONE MINUTES" and so she decides that this summer will be the summer of "YESes" And thus begins Rachel's quite remarkable summer! I absolutely enjoyed Rachel's story and being a total introvert, myself I could relate so much with her! I know how unthinkable it is for myself to put my guard down, and seeing a character going through exactly the same issues made me feel represented (?). Rachel herself is not one without flaws : she is judgmental and often forms opinion without even trying to talk to a person (same as myself) and her learning how toxic and absolutely absurd that is definitely was my highlight of the story(and that also reminded me that I have a lot to work on myself :) Sure, the story is a bit cliche but in a good way that made my heart flutter. Although I am not huge on love triangles, this one was kinda cute and I didn't mind how the story spun and made Rachel realize some important lessons :) A sweet and perfect summer rom-com!!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    ThatBookGal

    This is a nice, gentle summer story of coming out of your shell and first love. This would be the perfect teen beach read, with an ice cream and a cool drink. It's very easy to read, and could be done in one sitting very easily. The book is a good reminder to sometimes say yes when your inclination would be to say no. Rachel learns quite quickly that there is a balance that needs to be found, but that there are benefits to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. She had some wonderful people This is a nice, gentle summer story of coming out of your shell and first love. This would be the perfect teen beach read, with an ice cream and a cool drink. It's very easy to read, and could be done in one sitting very easily. The book is a good reminder to sometimes say yes when your inclination would be to say no. Rachel learns quite quickly that there is a balance that needs to be found, but that there are benefits to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. She had some wonderful people around her, Miles being my favourite. The two together were really cute. There was nothing massively groundbreaking, but it was just a lovely little story. It gave me strong Jenny Han vibes, and I think fans of To All the Boys I've Loved Before would really enjoy it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    yahaira ✰

    thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review! i love the concept of this book (i love yes man). it sounded so intriguing! the cover is so cute as well. and for the most part, i enjoyed this book. i adored the friendships. the characters. the STORY. imagine my surprise finding out there was a love triangle! that trope never gets old! only thing stopping me from giving this 5 stars is that this book was very... anticlimactic????? i'm so disappointed by how everything was resolve thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review! i love the concept of this book (i love yes man). it sounded so intriguing! the cover is so cute as well. and for the most part, i enjoyed this book. i adored the friendships. the characters. the STORY. imagine my surprise finding out there was a love triangle! that trope never gets old! only thing stopping me from giving this 5 stars is that this book was very... anticlimactic????? i'm so disappointed by how everything was resolved.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A cute summer read that reminded me a bit of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I really liked that Rachel learned that social media is essentially completely fake and stalking someone’s Instagram does NOT mean that you know them. She went from watching life go by to actually living it and it liked that message. However, I did not like the love triangle, and I didn’t like the guy she chose as much as the other guy. The relationship seemed to come out of nowhere. Overall, though, it was a q A cute summer read that reminded me a bit of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I really liked that Rachel learned that social media is essentially completely fake and stalking someone’s Instagram does NOT mean that you know them. She went from watching life go by to actually living it and it liked that message. However, I did not like the love triangle, and I didn’t like the guy she chose as much as the other guy. The relationship seemed to come out of nowhere. Overall, though, it was a quick, fun read that I mostly enjoyed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gladys

    I liked this book. I found the main character of this book very likable and I thought the plot was compelling and fun. I enjoyed the concept of "just saying yes" and it was interesting to see what changes that brought to Rachel's life. A really cute read. Of my own accord I am posting a forthright review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle from Short and Sassy

    3 stars Cute but young story. It was a very slow book. Fluffy and light. Nothing to really grab you and then the ending left me hoping for me. I was like "that is it??"

  27. 4 out of 5

    Grace Williams

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This adorable romantic-comedy romp is a heartwarming reminder that books hold the power to change us. When Rachel finds a self-help book titled "The Season of Yes" on her bookshelf, she decides to shed the "no" ways that kept her from so many experiences in high school and instead spend the summer saying yes. This book seemed to remsemble the ideas put forth in "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey, and fans of the movie who are looking for something similar and sweet are sure to enjoy this easy-breezy This adorable romantic-comedy romp is a heartwarming reminder that books hold the power to change us. When Rachel finds a self-help book titled "The Season of Yes" on her bookshelf, she decides to shed the "no" ways that kept her from so many experiences in high school and instead spend the summer saying yes. This book seemed to remsemble the ideas put forth in "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey, and fans of the movie who are looking for something similar and sweet are sure to enjoy this easy-breezy summer counterpart. A book that would be sure to make a fun and cute Netflix/Hallmark movie, I enjoyed how easy this story was to read and appreciated how relateable and real our main character was, especially with her awkward streak. This story has a great theme that reminds us that our actions have consequences and lead us to where we are. Although, I do feel like Rachel's family over-reacted at times to some of the decisions Rachel made during her summer of yes since she didn't do anything that was particularily dangerous or incredibibly ill-advised. As an introvert, I actually feel some of the things she did were very brave since it is incredibly challenging to go outside one's comfort zone like she did in the book. However, I have a hard time believing Rachel would make the decision (spoiler!) to date two guys at once since I feel like someone of her intelligence would know that it would not be a smart decision. I personally am not a fan of the whole love triangle vibe, but I still feel like the love triangle could have been presented in a better way to readers than in the two-timing way it was. Overall, this book is a solid 3.5 star review and I think any middle school to adult reader looking for a fluffy distraction from our everyday would enjoy this story. **Reviewed for Net Galley; I received an eARC in exchange for my honest opinon.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindy

    My Thoughts: Say Yes Summer was a delightful treat of a story! Rachel Brooks has always been a responsible, dedicated and hardworking student and daughter. As she's delivering her Valedictorian speech, she realizes that she doesn't know her classmates that well, and has missed out on a lot of fun during her high school years. When at home, she comes across a book that inspires her to say "yes," to every new experience and opportunity that comes her way. What follows is an entertaining, fun, and l My Thoughts: Say Yes Summer was a delightful treat of a story! Rachel Brooks has always been a responsible, dedicated and hardworking student and daughter. As she's delivering her Valedictorian speech, she realizes that she doesn't know her classmates that well, and has missed out on a lot of fun during her high school years. When at home, she comes across a book that inspires her to say "yes," to every new experience and opportunity that comes her way. What follows is an entertaining, fun, and lighthearted story about growing up, friendship, dating, and coming into your own. I happily turned the pages on my Kindle, as this story just flew by! It was exciting to see what new adventure would await Rachel as each new day begun. It was a joy to see her grow as a character as she ventured out of her comfort zone, and had new experiences. Best of all was a friendship rekindled, as well as the time Rachel spent with Clayton, her high school crush, and Miles, her co-worker and childhood friend. A word of warning, there is a love triangle is this story as Rachel finds herself growing feelings towards both guys, as she spends time with them. If you are looking for a light-hearted, fun, and easy going read, check out, Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    So, yeah. It’s fluff. But it was goooooood fluff. Like, more substantial fluff than I was anticipating. I think that might be partly due to the cover, actually, which makes it appear dorky and silly. But I found it to be refreshingly real. I mean, there were elements of a John Hughes movie, but mostly so that Rachel could be surprised by them or something within them. And, better still, she’s kind of a screw up and has to deal with that. I dug it. It was an especially nice escape from the curren So, yeah. It’s fluff. But it was goooooood fluff. Like, more substantial fluff than I was anticipating. I think that might be partly due to the cover, actually, which makes it appear dorky and silly. But I found it to be refreshingly real. I mean, there were elements of a John Hughes movie, but mostly so that Rachel could be surprised by them or something within them. And, better still, she’s kind of a screw up and has to deal with that. I dug it. It was an especially nice escape from the current funk in which our country finds itself. 🤓💜📚

  30. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    I feel like I want to like this book more than I do. It was cute, quick, and fun to read. But... it needed a bit more... something? Rachel suddenly decides she doesn't like how she's been the last 4 years and decides to randomly say yes to things because she saw a book suggesting this. Love the idea and the concept. But Rachel seemed to resist this the whole way. Someone always had to remind her that she agreed to say yes to things. So the push and pull made the idea seem a little inauthentic. Mo I feel like I want to like this book more than I do. It was cute, quick, and fun to read. But... it needed a bit more... something? Rachel suddenly decides she doesn't like how she's been the last 4 years and decides to randomly say yes to things because she saw a book suggesting this. Love the idea and the concept. But Rachel seemed to resist this the whole way. Someone always had to remind her that she agreed to say yes to things. So the push and pull made the idea seem a little inauthentic. More like a plot device than an actual plot. Maybe I missed it, but I also never understood fully WHY she was doing this. Just because she had 1 (really 2) friends throughout high school? To get the cool, handsome, popular boy? To practice the change for when she got to college? Not sure. It starts out a little slow and a lot inner monologue heavy. This works for plenty of authors and plenty of readers. I like more dialogue and shorter thought paragraphs. Big long ones remind me of being in school and I tend to skim when they're at the beginning of the story. But the plot sort of does require a good amout of the background setting up why she wants to say yes to things, so I don't hold that against the book. BUT. I loved the characters. Miles and his backstory (view spoiler)[ also, the super subtlty of his feelings at the beginning. So very refreshing to read a love story where I didn't know from first intro that he was the winner (hide spoiler)] , her friend who went to Paris, the old middle school friend who she reconnects with. Loved it. I actually really really enjoyed the reconnecting with an old friend storyline. It was wonderful. But then the big climax/plot twist was just very... out of character. And then not even done well? (view spoiler)[ "I'm going to go from having barely kissed a boy to seeing two boys at once. AND I'm going to torture the one by dragging him to a party I know he won't like or be comfortable at because SUMMER OF YES." And then she's drunk and kissing one. What. (hide spoiler)] I don't know; I know I'm a picky reader, but I need a liiiiiiiittle bit more to move from one guy to the next. Give him a bad characteristic. He smokes, he cusses, he likes Auburn football, I DON'T CARE but I need something to make me realize this isn't the guy I'm supposed to be rooting for. Because it just felt like she got what she wanted, freaked out and didn't trust him, but then realized she freaked out and what the truth was and then was like "okay well bye". Just a little bit more. Please. (view spoiler)[ Clayton was written so nice, if maybe a little boring but only because we don't really know a lot about him. And then he's actually really interested in Rachel, she cheats on him and Miles, and - understandably so - then is like, eh maybe she's a little more effort than it's worth. But Rachel has spent 4 years pinning from afar. What's her excuse??? She finally has The Boy and then is just like... next. Maybe I needed more inner dialogue with her feelings about Miles here? (hide spoiler)] Also, I needed a bit more for the ending, but mostly because I'm a selfish reader who wasn't ready for it to be over. (view spoiler)[ But also, she's just tehcnically cheated on Miles, who was then obviously VERY upset over it and the next thing I'm reading he's like "well it's cool cuz I lied to you too". WHAT. Give me another chapter. Another scene. Give me more resolution here. It didn't add up other than he just really really liked her so who cares that she cheated on him when he just spent the last page yelling at her. (hide spoiler)] Overall cute story, and I still rate it highly. I'd recommend it, BUT underaged drinking was portrayed as sort of common so I'm not 100% who I'd recommend it to... 3.5 stars rounded to 4. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this in exchange for an honest review.

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