The Summer I Found You

“Sweet and believable…Perry conveys Aidan’s physical and emotional journey evocatively and with authenticity.”

Kirkus Reviews

All they have in common is that they’re less than perfect. And all they’re looking for is the perfect distraction.”

Kate had the perfect boyfriend – until he dumped her. It couldn’t have come at a worse time: ever since she found out she has diabetes, she’s been trying to cope. She just wants to feel normal again.

Aidan planned on being a lifer in the Army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s the guy with one arm and nothing is the same as it was before. He wishes he could forget.

When Kate and Aidan meet, things couldn’t be more awkward. But neither wants to get attached, and they both could use some fun. but what if they need each other more than they realize?

This book means SO much to me. My husband served in the military, and the experiences he had there changed him forever. I patterned Kate’s diabetes after a close friend (aside from the specific numbers, which my editor and myself felt we should textbook numbers rather than realistic ones, because every teen reacts so differently to diabetic treatments). Since this book was written, LARGE strides have already been made, and Kate’s physical health journey would look much different now – though, her emotional journey would be the same. ~ Jo Perry

Kate and Aidan’s relationship provides them with the opportunity to be honest with themselves and their respective challenges, as well as an antidote to their emotional pain. Perry candidly describes their conflicted feelings, the loneliness of having a perceived disability, and the power of mutual encouragement.

Publishers weekly

The Summer I Found You Inspiration

“Sweet, hopeful, uplifting. A beautifully written story about the heartache and healing of two people falling unexpectedly in love.”

Christa Desir, author of Bleed Like me, and four letter word

“This story of love is rare and precious. Highly emotional and very addicting, The Summer I Found You excels all my expectations. A satisfying story that has the capacity to captures anyone’s heart, The Summer I Found You is stunning.” – Savannah from Books With Bite.

“This book is about a lot more than two lost people coming together… it’s about finding the strength in yourself to make appropriate and necessary changes in your life. To stop avoiding the hard stuff. Perry also does a great job of slipping in family issues and solid friendships; for such a compact book, I had a great grasp on Aidan and Kate’s separate lives and each subplot was given an appropriate amount of attention and detail. I was so invested I actually wouldn’t have minded if the story was a little longer, and certain situations were explored more deeply. Even so, I was totally smitten.” – Estelle from I’d Rather be Reading

10 thoughts on “The Summer I Found You

  1. JO!!! This book really spoke to me and id love to hear back! I too, will be a senior in high school and have type 1 diabetes! Randomly and miraculously, The Summer I Found You was sitting out just for me to find 🙂 you did an amazing!!!!! I loved every second of it! The only sad thing is i had it finished in a day! Cant wait to hear back!
    -Lauren Griffith

    1. I’m so thrilled to hear from you!!!!!!

      I send these books out into “the wild” and I’m never really sure what people think.

      I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to write. Seriously. MADE MY WHOLE WEEK!


      On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM, author Jolene Perry wrote:


  2. I adored this book! I read it early this summer and have not stopped thinking about it! It only took me one day to finish and I was so sad when it was over. You’re a phenomenal writer! I’m a freshman in college hoping to one day be a writer, and if I do I hope I can harness half the talent that you possess. Thank you so much for writing this story, it’s such a fresh take on teenage love stories. I have no doubt that I will remember this book for years to come.

    1. Shauna –

      You just totally MADE MY DAY!!!!!

      So happy 😀

      And also – if you want to write? WRITE. Even when it’s crap. Write. Because eventually it won’t be crap anymore, and that’s such a fantastic feeling 😀

      On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM, author Jolene Perry wrote:


  3. This book made me so happy! ❤ The writing is absolutely incredible. Everything you say is so believable and realistic and is exactly how I think of things. The procedural way of thinking and the authentic characters make the plot and love story so intriguing. I cried on and off the entire book and I just wish it had been longer. Kate and Aidan are one of the best fictional couples out there and I tell everyone I know about this book. Thank you so much for sharing your AMAZING talent with us, it was a beautiful creation. 😀

    1. You just MADE MY DAY!!!!!!! I almost didn’t finish this one, and if it weren’t for my husbands time in the military, I wouldn’t have. Thank you so much for taking the time to find me. For realz.

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