Summer On the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell | Book Review

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Summer On the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell | Book ReviewSummer On the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Published by Running Press Kids on April 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 256
Source: the Author

Cricket Montgomery was born with a golden spoon in her mouth (though Tiffany platinum would have been preferred) and the narcissistic notion that the world revolves around her. After a botched party attempt at  the country-club lands her in hot water with her rarely-present father,  it's bye-bye relaxing Hawaiian vacation, hello attitude-adjustment as a  summer camp counselor.

As if being left for dead in Western Michigan with limited cell  coverage isn't punishment enough, Cricket's horror increases when she  realizes she's working at a camp for disabled teens. Thankfully there's  one bright spot in handicapped hell; fellow counselor and Zac Efron  lookalike Quinn, who Cricket falls head over heels for. Unfortunately  for Cricket, Quinn is the one person who offers her the brutal truth  about the kind of person she really is--and not even a platinum spoon  can make 'self-centered, bitch' taste good.

As wheelchairs, lazy eyes, and slurred speech begin to threaten  her sanity, Cricket finds herself relying on the unlikely friendships  she makes with the campers, and the strange connection the camp's  director seems to have to her forgotten past.

SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS is a sarcastic, charming, and  laugh-out-loud look at what happens when your comfort zone disappears  and all that's left to protect you is the brutal truth. It will be released in April 1, 2014, by Running Press Teens (The Perseus Group).

What I thought NEW

If you read my blog posts, or simply follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me mention this book countless times. Summer on the Short Bus is one of my most anticipated 2014 releases and I feel so fortunate for getting to read an early version of this book.

I laughed so many times while reading this book. The humour and wit just dripped from the pages and I loved every single heartfelt moment of it. I laughed until I cried and then I cried some more, for reasons that had nothing to do with laughing. In Summer on the Short Bus we’re shown that, just because some people have a handicap, does not make them less or any different that you. No matter how different you might seem to be, in the end we’re all very much alike.

All characters managed to tug on my heartstrings. Cricket (talk about major character-development) and Aiden and Quinn (Those two will make for some perfect fictional crushes and will make those hours spend reading so WORTH it)! But most of all, I grew a very BIG soft spot for Claire and Meredith. Those girls snagged my heart right away with their beautiful personalities. I have a favourite scene regarding both of them that I WON’T mention. I don’t want to spoil the story and rob you of the experience to fall in love with the girls as I did, but I can tell you that every single scene with them will make you laugh -full our belly laugh!- until you drop.

Summer on the Short Bus was such a truthful and heartfelt story. I finished this book in 3 hours while in between classes. The most well spent hours ever! All those hilarious scenes, combined with such heartfelt honesty, had me laughing and crying more than a few times. A beautiful story about being different, but oh so alike simultaneously. This book will make for such an important lesson for so many people. I hope that its truth and realism will reach and touch the heart of many readers.

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  1. 02/02/2014 / 17:45

    Heartfelt + Hilarious are like the keywords to my bookish heart!!!! I knew there was a reason I was dying to read this!!!! I thought my excitement for this book has reached its limit but mentions of fictional crushes always always make me more eager! Awesome review, Iris! <3

      • Iris
        04/02/2014 / 12:04

        And April, really does need to come fast! haha

    • Iris
      04/02/2014 / 12:04

      Thank you! I hope you get to read it soon, that way we can do some squealing and fan-girling together!

  2. 03/02/2014 / 10:35

    I neeeeed this. Badly. I haven’t read many reviews for it yet, so I forgot about it. But I love the title/cover. And funny?! I LOVE funny. It’s the best.

    • Iris
      04/02/2014 / 12:07

      Haha, you probably haven’t seen many reviews for it yet because the distribution of ARC’s only just started :) I hope you get to read it VERY soon, we can laugh about all of the ridiculously funny scenes together!

  3. 03/02/2014 / 19:21

    Iris, I love this review! I was already excited for Summer on the Short Bus, but now I’m even MORE excited for it. I love books that can make you laugh AND cry (even though I almost never cry over books, but I do get emotional sometimes!) and you described it all beautifully. Seriously love this review.

    The funny thing is, YOU were the one that made me excited for this book. Like you said in your review, you mention it a lot on Twitter and that’s why I noticed this book, before your tweets I didn’t know about this book yet!

    • Iris
      04/02/2014 / 13:11

      You’re the best Kim! This comment made my day :) haha, I do spam everybody about this book, but it’s so worth it if it means that more people will know about it and read it of course!

      I’m glad I got you excited to read the book! When you get the chance to read, I’d love to hear your thoughts (you know I do!)


  4. 08/02/2014 / 18:05

    I’m glad to know it was good! I’m really excited to read it!

    • Iris
      10/02/2014 / 00:09

      I hope you get to read it soon!

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