4 out of 5 stars for How My Summer Went Up in Flames


How My Summer Went Up in Flames

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

4 out of 5 stars

Rosie is in trouble. She can’t get over her ex, and she can’t go near him thanks to the Temporary Restraining Order against her.  The TRO is because she set his car on fire, but she thinks that if she can just talk to him, this will all be over. 

To keep her away from him, her parents send her on a cross-country road trip with her reliable neighbor, Matty, and two friends of his.  They hope that putting miles between her and her ex will give her some perspective.  But all Rosie can think of is how to get in touch with him and how to get back home; even if it means hitchhiking all the way back. 

As the miles from home increase giving Rosie time to think, will she decide that her ex is really her future or some bad mistake from her past?

Well written. Interesting. Title a little misleading. Big complaint with the quality of the paper used. I know, not the fault of the author, but this book is geared for Middle School girls, and they will love it, but they tend to reread books they love over and over (Twilight, as an example), and this printing just won’t stand up.  Please, Simon Pulse, be aware of your audience and do better with the paper quality so it’s not so likely to tear.

For 12 and older, based on the stalking and sexuality.


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