Friday, May 29, 2020

Book Review: Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli

Say Yes Summer
By: Lindsey Roth Culli
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: May 12, 2020
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Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
Book Summary:

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.

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!

About the Author:

Lindsey Roth Culli earned her MFA in creative writing in 2010. She writes books for teens and people who used to be teens. Though she currently calls Baltimore, Maryland home, a part of her heart will forever be hidden among the cornfields of Illinois where she grew up. She is Team Oxford Comma.


  1. I really like the sound of this one. Sounds like a book that I would probably enjoy.

  2. I so needed this book, when I read it, and loved spending the summer with Rachel as she said yes, spread her wings, and learned a lot about herself.

    1. I think it's ;perfect if you need a light pick me up :)

  3. oh happy to see this book worked so well for you. Such fun when that happens.

    Great review.

  4. I don't generally like love triangles, but if the tone of the story is light and the characters handled right I think I could enjoy it. I do love the idea of a person trying new things when they are just starting out

    1. I don't mind love triangles, but I can see the appeal to having one love interest.

  5. Sounds like a fun story. Perfect beach read! Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Lindy! :)

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  7. This sounds like a fun book, and perfect for right now! I am liking some light hearted reads especially with everything happening!

  8. This looks like a feel good story. Great review my friend!

  9. enjoyed the wonderful review. i love when a book grabs me and doesn't let go
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. I absolutely LOVE the idea of this story! I've thought this one may be a cute one--so glad you liked it!

  11. I've heard good things about this one and it just sounds super cute! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

  12. Oh it looks perfect to have a nice time

  13. This one sound adorable and like the perfect summertime read. :)


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