Sixteen year old Izzy has exactly what she has always wanted this summer. She finally gets to go on holiday to Ibiza with her big sister Ellie and a group of her friends, who are quite a bit older than she is. Setting off for the time of her life, Izzy doesn’t expect to attract the attention of Rex, a DJ at one of the hottest parties on the island. The problem is, Rex is older than Izzy so she pretends to be the same age as her sister. As their relationship deepens, Izzy finds herself torn between telling Rex the truth and making the most out of her time with him. If she tells him the truth, will he still want to be with her?
What I thought
If someone had asked me if I wanted to go on holiday with my older sister when I was sixteen, I would have probably said no. We were never that close as teenagers and I could think of many things I would have rather done than spend a whole three weeks with her. Due to that, I loved the idea behind this book. I couldn’t wait to see what it would be like for Izzy being on holiday with her sister and her sister’s friends and what her relationship with Ellie would be like.
Izzy was a good character and one that I liked from the start. Being on holiday with her older sister and her friends who were all quite glamorous and grown up, brought out many insecurities in Izzy. She never felt like she was on the same page as her sister when it came to getting all dressed up to go out, she felt extremely frumpy and not good enough to be seen her Ellie and her friends. It was nice to see Izzy’s confidence grow over the course of the book and that she began to really feel at ease with herself and who she was eventually. In this sense, Ibiza Summer really concentrates on issues that are important to teens on each end of the age spectrum. Anna-Louise Weatherley really gives a great voice to teens and knows what’s on their minds.
Rex was a fabulous love interest, even if I didn’t really understand the relationship at times. Rex is a lot older than Izzy and although she lied to him about her age, it didn’t sound as though she could pass for the age she made up and that he would have believed her. Even though Izzy was a nice girl, she didn’t really have that much going for her to have so much in common with Rex. Sometimes, it seemed as though she was just going along with whatever he said or whatever he wanted to do because she didn’t really know how to deal with boys and real dates etc. That being said though, I did like Rex and everything about him. He was soulful, had a lovely personality and I think I would have kind of wanted him for myself.
One of the things that I would have never expected from this book, mainly due to the cover, was for it to make me cry. I’m not just talking a little bit of crying either. I mean full blown, crying my eyes out until I could barely see the words on the page anymore. Things happen in Ibiza Summer that I wasn’t prepared for at all so if you think you have the ending to this figured out, you will most probably be wrong. I thought that this was going to be a lovely, short, holiday romance novel but there is a lot more to it than that.
Ibiza Summer is a good holiday read if you don’t mind a bit of crying thrown in with romance, the ultimate party island and lies and betrayal. This book really has a bit of a mix of everything and I ended up liking it a whole lot more than I was expecting to, even if I didn’t completely love it.