The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
As one of my diverse books, I chose to read The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi. This book follows the main character, Lexi, whose father has recently died and whose mother is now emotionally absent. When Lexi’s mom discovers that Lexi likes girls, she agrees to go for the summer to New Horizons, a facility that promises to end young people’s SSA (same sex addiction). Lexi hopes this choice will help her mom come out of the depression she has slipped into since her father has passed.
At New Horizons, Lexi finds a place that is over-the-top. The girls have to wear pink-frilly outfits and Lexi must attend group sessions in which she is forced to say that her condition was caused by her parents. Even with all this, Lexi is hopeful that the camp will work, not because she doesn’t like who she is, but because she just wants her mom to get better.
While at camp, she meets, Carolyn whom she thinks is the most beautiful girl she’s ever seen. This along with a secret revealed about the camp director, sabotages Lexi’s efforts to follow the program through. Will Lexi be able to make her mom well again, or will secrets revealed be the end to her? This is all revealed in the book, The Summer I Wasn’t Me.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a book dealing with homosexuality and the biases dealing with that, but it is also a book that is so much more. It’s a book about friendship, finding oneself, and love. It’s a book that you find yourself going through many emotions as you read. It’s a serious book, but it also had humor sprinkled in. I would recommend this book to students that are dealing with identifying whom they are but also to others that need to read more diversely.