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Just for the Summer

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller and a Good Morning America Book Club Pick!
This witty, slow-burn rom-com is the "ideal beach read." --Elle

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it's now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They'll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other's out, and they'll both go on to find the love of their lives. It's a bonkers idea... and it just might work.

Emma hadn't planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.

It's supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma's toxic mother shows up and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they're suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected--including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?
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432 pages

Average rating: 8.34




Community Reviews

Jul 10, 2024
10/10 stars
I’ve never read her books. Really glad i didn’t know these are recurring characters. The book has a peppy running commentary and invites readers who have gone through these things to reframe.
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Jul 01, 2024
10/10 stars
It’s been a long time since a romance book made me cry. ♥️ Justin is cursed. Whomever he dates ends up finding their soulmate after they break up. He posts an AITA on Reddit and Emma’s best friend/foster sister pushes her to respond. Turns out, Emma has the same curse. After talking, they make a plan to date each other, breakup, and then find the love of their lives. The goal is to cancel out their curses… right? ♥️ I’ve cried several times in the last third of this book, but it’s not because someone died or something crazy tragic happens. It’s just so damn good. Now, if you’re looking for a fluffy romance to read at the beach… this isn’t it. This is a romance that’s sweet and summery, but it will kick you in the chest. Emma has a lot of childhood trauma and it’s done so fucking well (as someone with loads of childhood trauma can point out). Justin has a ton going on in his life, too. There’s a lot of deep shit happening in this book, but it’s amazing. If you’re looking for a summer romance with romantic comedy vibes, but with serious depth… Just for the Summer will give that to you. This is my first Abby Jimenez and it will not be my last. ♥️
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Jun 30, 2024
10/10 stars
I absolutely loved this novel. I've read several other books by Abby Jimenez, but this is my favorite overall. I like her style of writing from the POV of the two main characters, Justin and Emma. They've been "cursed" due to the fact that after they break up with someone, their ex meets The One and gets married. Justin and Emma figure out a plan to break the curse...
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Jun 30, 2024
4/10 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Sorta cringe at times, good dialogue but overused at points. Avoidant attachment styled FMC who seemed whiny at times. Nearly perfect MMC but going through adjustment period. Cutesy love story though!
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Jun 29, 2024
10/10 stars
Really great book. Relationships, parenting, mental health - had the works and very well done. 10/10
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