ARC Review : A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink

Title: A Walk in the Sun

Authors: Michelle Zink

Published by: Harper Teen | 03 May 2016

Date Read: 14 April 2016

Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In this Bridges of Madison County for teens, Michelle Zink weaves a magnetic tale about summer love that stays with you long after the seasons change.

Rose Darrow never wanted to spend her life working on her family’s farm. But when her family is rocked by an unexpected tragedy she has no choice but to put her plans for the future—and dreams of escaping her small town—on hold.

Bodhi Lowell left home as a kid and hasn’t looked back. Years of working farm jobs has given him the one thing he wants most: freedom to travel without answering to anyone. He’s already looking past his job at Darrow Farm and plans on leaving in September—until he meets Rose.

Neither Rose nor Bodhi can deny the sparks flying between them, but with the end of summer looming, they must decide if it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all….


*ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review*

New York was always known as the concrete jungle. A city full of buildings, graffiti’s and subways that’s why I’m so surprised that A Walk In The Sun was set in a country-side –  specifically a ranch –  in New York. Surprising right?

Told in alternating point of view, A Walk In The Sun is not your simple summer love story. The story has its own share of tragedy and heartbreak.

Before everything happened, Rose Darrow had a life outside Milford.

She will finish High School and get off her family’s farm to get to College. But a tragedy puts her dreams on hold and she’s suddenly managing her family farm. She’s all alone on the responsibility except for the help of her aunt. Managing a farm was a huge responsibility but she did not hesitate to take care of it while her father was still coping up with her mother’s death.

Right from the beginning, I feel sympathy with Rose at the same time I admire her strength and love not only for her dad but for their farm as well. She has a very strong and admirable character.

“Being lonely has been as natural as breathing since he’d left home at fourteen without a word to anyone.”

Bodhi Lowell is a drifter. He’s been living on his own from city to city working from one job to another ever since he left home at a young age of fourteen. He love’s to read. He may not finish High School in a normal environment but his will to learn is there.

However, my only comment is that Bodhi’s character felt a little flat. Yes, I get that he’s silent and shy but I was expecting more from him. Not a grand gesture, but a little more.

“A lot of life is about momentum. You let yourself stand still too long, you get stagnant, forget there are other places to see, other ways of thinking and doing things. And the worst part is, you start to lie to yourself. Make excuses why it’s just fine to be standing still, telling yourself you didn’t want anything different anyway.”

As the story progress, we see the growth in Rose and Bodhi’s characters. They not only learned something about each other but more about their lives ahead.

Rose learned that she needed to step-forward to reach her dreams and not just settle. She needs to live. While Bodhi learned that sometimes, relying in someone might be just what he needed.

Rose and Bodhi’s story is more than just a summer fling. There is no insta-love but a slow burning crush and attraction that will definitely makes you cheer for them.

The story was well-written and engrossing however, I wish that the overall feel of the story was changed. I don’t know how to explain this that all of you can understand but I’ll try. So, uhm, as I was reading, I feel gloomy. I imagine the ranch setting to be a gloomy one what with tragedy the tragedy that Rose’s family has experienced. But as the story progress, the gloomy aura was not removed. Yes, there are a lot of happy moments here and there but the overall aura was still gloomy and sad. I just wanted to feel the sun that is to shine on the story.

“They were all scared sometimes, but they were brave. They were living.”

But overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the story wrapped up. I loved Rose and Bodhi and I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for a Book 2? A European Adventure would be awesome to read. 😉

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