Summerlypse by Gerardo Delgadillo
Publisher: Whole Enchilada Press
Genre: Contemporary, Multi-Cultural
Length: Full Length (286 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Myrtle
After his crush rejects him, seventeen-year-old Colton catches a plane to Mexico, hoping to forget all about girls. But a night out at a dance club crowded with long legs in miniskirts doesn’t help, especially when he meets the club’s beautiful DJ, Alex.
In awe of her mixing skills, Colton finds it hard to believe Alex is deaf. As they bond, she asks him to help her win a DJ contest behind her rich, estranged father’s back.
Colton’s not a wimp or anything, but millionaires with armed bodyguards are not his ideal vacation buddies. The only problem—if he helps her, he may fly back home in a body bag.
What happens when you’re in love with the most beautiful girl in high school, but she only sees you as a friend? Trying to convince her otherwise is an option, until she admits to being in love with someone else!
Seventeen-year-old Colton is humiliated when Miranda falls for another classmate—a girl, no less—which means he has no hope of winning her heart. He’s made the mistake of telling his parents (and his little sister knows, too) about wanting to date Miranda, so when the plan falls flat, Colton just wants to hide from embarrassment. That’s when a best friend needs to step in, right?
Martin, Colton’s longtime friend, convinces Colton to go to Mexico with him and his family. While there, Colton meets Alex, a beautiful deaf girl who has mastered the art of sound mixing. She is the club’s DJ and she’s exactly what Colton needs to take his mind off the girl back home. A relationship soon forms and Alex asks Colton to step in and help her so that she can compete in Summerlypse, a DJ contest with big prize money. How can Colton refuse when he finds out that Alex wants the money for a cochlear implant, hoping to restore her hearing?
Unfortunately, Alex’s father, a mobster and a bully, has a whole lot of guys willing to beat up Colton if he touches his daughter! Poor Colton. He’s a good guy caught in a bad situation.
The drawback of this book was its writing style. The dialogue, although believable, fell short in translation, literally. This author fell into the all-too-common trap of using foreign language phrases then following them with a description of what was just written, thus causing the reader to read the same dialogue twice. This is a pet peeve. If a sentence is written well enough, foreign or not, it shouldn’t need to be explained to the reader. Distractions came in other forms too, such as “Noooooo” instead of “No,” and “baaaaaddddddd” instead of “bad” and “Yougotaboyfriend” instead of “You got a boyfriend?” Lastly, the word “like” was significantly overused.
With that said, this book manages to pull off a good story. It has an uncommon storyline, one attractive to teen readers, especially those who have an interest in Mexico. If that describes you, don’t overlook this unique book!