Review of Summer of No Regrets by Kate Mallinder

Monday, 8 August 2022


Publication Date: 2nd May 2019
Publisher: Firefly Press
Pages: 248
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Source: Bought 

 Four friends
One summer
No regrets

Four friends pledge to make their summer regret-free but will it be that simple?
After their exams, sixteen-year-old friends Sasha, Hetal, Nell and Cam pledge to live a summer regret-free, taking risks however much it scares them.
As all these choices become difficult, even dangerous, they will need each other for the strength to face the future.

My Review

Summer of No Regrets is told in four different perceptives, Sasha, Hetal, Cam and Nell. Each girl is unique from the last and being able to read about their each individual stories as well as them being friends made this the perfect summer book about living with no regrets and friendship.
Each chapter is told from someone else preceptive, the first being Hetal who out of all the girls would also have to be my favourite character to read about. Hetal is the nerd of the group, she calculates everything with maths or science, so when she announces she is going to science camp it seems like the total Hetal thing to do. I loved the relationship between Hetal and her Nani, it showed how much she admired and loved her from the start to the end of the book. Hetal seems to be in her element at camp, though not everyone seems to like her eagerness to do well though sometimes it is more about taking a chance to see if living with no regrets shows that everything is as it seems.
Next is Cam, bright pink hair and most likely the loudest of the group. Cam story is one you wouldn't typically read about in a young adult book, having no family of her own so is living with foster parents but Cam doesn't feel truly settled knowing one day she won't have them and be alone in the world. So she decides to track down the last piece of her puzzle - a family member who is alive hoping this would change her future. Cam didn't want to have regrets so when she suggested a summer of no regrets it was just as much for her and it was for her three best friends. She is just hoping her summer isn't full of regrets.
Then, there is Sasha who seemed like the more fashionable of all the girls, so when she says she is going to spend the summer with her dad in Gevena. Though she doesn't realise just how much of a shock it will be when he introduces her to his new girlfriend, who is younger. Sasha decides to make use of the summer of no regrets and spends some time with a handsome waitor to see a summer romance was on the cards, as being in a different country she wanted to have fun. Though life seems to throw some curveballs in her ways.
Last is Nell, her parents are more protective over her since an incident which Nell was hurt in. Nell just wants to living her life and be a normal teenager, get a job, go shopping without her mum going into overprotective mode. So when Nell decides to use Cam's summer of no regrets she starts to take chance to become more independent though sometimes pushing the barriers in place come with regrets or maybe just opportunities for the future and the relationships she has with the people in her life.
I loved this book from start to finish, the characters and the relationship the girls have between each other shows what friendship should be about and how being there for someone comes in different ways. Plus no matter where you are in the world, you will always be threre for for friends. I can say you should definitely read a Summer of No Regrets as you will not have any regrets in taking a chance with this book.
If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Friendship, Togetherness and Amazing. Definitely Five Cupcakes!

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