ARC review: Summerlypse by Gerardo Delgadillo

After his crush rejects him, seventeen-year-old Colton catches a plane to Mexico, hoping to forget all about girls. But a night out at a dance club crowded with long legs in miniskirts doesn’t help, especially when he meets the club’s beautiful DJ, Alex.

In awe of her mixing skills, Colton finds it hard to believe Alex is deaf. As they bond, she asks him to help her win a DJ contest behind her rich, estranged father’s back.

Colton’s not a wimp or anything, but millionaires with armed bodyguards are not his ideal vacation buddies. The only problem—if he helps her, he may fly back home in a body bag.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

Rating: 2.5/5

So, since this is a book I had mixed feelings about, I’ve decided to depart from my usual reviewing style, and list what in this book worked for me, and what didn’t.


What worked

  1. The setting. I had never read a book set in Mexico before, so I really enjoyed reading about that.
  2. I really liked Alex as a character. She seemed to be a smart, strong person.
  3. The representation of disability. I very much enjoyed reading about a deaf main character whose life did not revolve around her disability.
  4. DJ’ing is not something I had read about in a young adult book before, and I very much enjoyed reading about it. Especially considering the fact that the author used to be a DJ himself.


What didn’t work

  1. I couldn’t really connect to the main character.
  2. The writing didn’t really stand out.
  3. The INSTA LOVE.
  4. Spoiler alert: I found it rather annoying how Colton kept telling Alex how her father ultimately loved her. Like, Colton, you’ve known him for a few days. He’s her effing dad. And you think you know about him more than she does?
  5. There was too much drama in the book. Especially the drama with his former crush and all was totally unnecessary.

My rating:2.5/5


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