Last of the Summer Tomatoes

Last of the Summer Tomatoes Kyle Jackowski typical sullen emo teen struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law again But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center lik

  • Title: Last of the Summer Tomatoes
  • Author: Sherrie Henry
  • ISBN: 9781623809607
  • Page: 114
  • Format: ebook
  • Kyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law again But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer Enter Sam, son of the farm owners, who shows Kyle what he feels is perfectlyKyle Jackowski, typical sullen emo teen, struggles to find a way to deal with his sexuality and finds himself in trouble with the law again But instead of being sent to a juvenile detention center like he expected, he is given a chance to commute his sentence by working on a farm for the summer Enter Sam, son of the farm owners, who shows Kyle what he feels is perfectly normal and that he doesn t have to hide from his feelings In turn, Sam s parents show Kyle that his abusive stepfather and battered mother are not the norm With their love and support, Kyle finds his place in the world by Sam s side.

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    353 thoughts on “Last of the Summer Tomatoes”

    1. I am so giddy right now, so excuse my review if it's all over the place.I pre-ordered this book because the blurb captivated me. I mean, I fell in love with this from the get-go. It took a few weeks, but it was finally released this morning. I had expected to love it. But, the way I feel about this book. I am just so emotional right now. It was just super, super cute and lovely and sweet and GAH!Kyle. My baby, Kyle. He was just so lost. His step-father, Hank, the asshat, was horrible and he hurt [...]

    2. I read about 70% and then skipped to the end to see what happened to the characters and really I don't feel the need to go back to catch up. Sherrie Henry really started the book out great. You know that feeling you get when you start reading a book and you feel yourself being pulled into the story it's like a happy little vortex sucking you into the tale. For a reading junkie like me there is nothing like that feeling and then ffffzzzzzztt. Everything is instant, instant love, instant acceptanc [...]

    3. 4.5 StarsI have to admit, this book tore me up. Last of the Summer Tomatoes is gripping and heart-rending, and at times I was moved emotionally not from some dramatic plot device but simply from the words and actions of the main character. I understand there are plenty of readers who utterly detest sympathetic characters. Others can't stand seeing someone with low self esteem or a victim mentality. And I'd suggest to these readers that they just stay away from this book. You won't get it, so don [...]

    4. 2,5 stars rounded up. Abused and neglected and also exteremely naive and artistic emo boy Kyle moves to an idyllic dairy farm to work through his juv sentence. The farm family smothers him with love and affection and shows him he is worth of loving. Kyle also meets the perfect son of the family, Sam, who he saw in his dreams!!! Lol, for real. This was a little bit too black and white for me. The good guys were really good and loving and understanding and caring etc. and the baaaaad guys were all [...]

    5. Stilted dialogue, one dimensional characters, very heavy handed with its preachy "this is where food comes from" theme, plus it was boring. the whole thing just felt inauthentic and awkward. cannot recommend this. couldn't even read it.

    6. In the beginning, I liked this sweet, if simplistic, fairytale, but after awhile, Kyle's contant insecurity got on my nerves. Other things that bothered me: the dropped mystery of Sam's sister and the occasional awkward phrasing/dialogue. It was a sight to behold. Lest he get out of sequence. He became one with the night sky. "Lest you get kicked." "You'll feel at one with the animal." I ended up getting bored, and skimmed parts of the story.

    7. Sherrie Henry has given us a for-real YA book that would be something strong and powerful for early high-schoolers. That this creates some weakness in its literary punch in no way negates the positive things I felt about it. A reverse of the city mouse country mouse tale, comfortable in its parable-like set up, we get a brief introduction to Kyle, who takes the fall for a friend and gets put into a juvenile work-release program that sends him up to a farm (apparently in upstate NY, but it felt l [...]

    8. 4.5 stars I loved this YA novel! Both the writing and story flowed smoothly and the main characters were easy to fall in love with. Aside from the official blurb, several others have summarized the story so I'll spare you an attempt on my part.I had one little niggle with this book that I'll mention, but only to explain the slightly less than 5 star rating. Kyle's level of maturity seemed a bit inconsistent. At times he seemed to have the maturity and mental capacity of a 13-14 year old. At othe [...]

    9. I love this story! Kyle and Sam are endearing characters and the story drew me in for an emotional read. My favorite kind of story is this type with a journey of self discovery and growth, with love blossoming from tragedy. I'm hoping Kyle and Sam have a another bookKyle's step- father is a loathsome character that I am dying to get a follow up aboutI want to watch Sam and Kyle grow and the love story they share was intoxicating!!! reviews are hard to write when you have to watch out for spoiler [...]

    10. This was an absolutely amazing coming of age story. Kyle had absolutely nothing going for him. Living in an abusive environment, the poor guy did not even know what love and affection was. Sheer luck and a decent judge placed Kyle in a work release program at a farm in the country. Kyle was virtually born again and learned to accept love and give it. The main characters were fleshed very well and the story's pace was smooth and even. I liked the relationship between Sam and Kyle especially at th [...]

    11. This was a beautifully written young adult story. I was completely captivated by the family that took Kyle in and showed him that he was deserving of so much more than what he's been handed in his life.This was a slow building story, layered with acceptance and kindness. There were a few moments of angst and pain, but they were smoothed out by pure love. I, for one, truly am grateful to have read this story.

    12. I have mixed feeling about this story.I sympathize with Kyle, the emo kid with abusive step father, and I'm glad he's met the nice and warm family during his sentence working in a farm. I love both Kyle and Sam, but the romance between them was came too fast and the fact that Kyle dreamed about Sam before, made it even ridiculous.And I think this story needs an epilogue.

    13. You know those books that are so bad that you have to keep reading just to see how low they can sink? This is one of those.First of all, the writing is crap. Honest-to-God awful. I don't think I've read worse stuff. Like, not even entertainingly bad - straight up shit. I can't believe I didn't just DNF this on the basis of that alone.So you think that's bad, there's a Native American character in this who "just knows" (I don't remember what it is she "just knows" because I didn't make a note of [...]

    14. Harmony Ink Tweetaway freebie stars rounded upWhen 17 year old Kyle covers up for his friend and takes the rap for charges trumped up from vandalism to assault his previous juvenile record means he’s given two options – time in a detention centre or spend the summer working on a ranch out of state. He takes the second option and winds up on the dairy spread run by the open hearted, and open minded Glenda and Walt. Kyle has been abused by his step father for years, both physically [...]

    15. Outstanding YA book, belongs in every school library!I have read a lot of YA books, but this story is one of the best I've ever read. This is a story of Kyle, a 17-year old boy with a huge heart living in an abusive home who gets in trouble and winds up on a farm for the summer to work off some debt and as a part of commuting his sentence. At that home he finds for the first time love and acceptance, and so, so much more. It is amazing the way the author lets you appreciate all he discovers thro [...]

    16. I loved this book! Ms Henry has paid careful attention to detail in this story, making both the characters and the scene setting come alive before the reader. It is more than clear that she has sound knowledge of the farming lifestyle, but she didn't throw that information in the reader's face. Instead she guided us through dairy milking through Kyle's eyes. We learned as he did. I loved the character flaws in Kyle. At times I felt so sad and frustrated on his behalf as he struggled to accept wh [...]

    17. Damn! This book was so good. I swear I was tearing up in the first chapter and throughout the whole book. Poor Kyle his home life was hell and he didn't get anything but fist from his stepfather. Some people should never be allowed to be around children. The best thing that could've happened to him was getting into trouble. After 17 years he finally found a home and a family that loved him. I LOVED Sam's parents, omg they were the best. I had to keep taking off my glasses to wipe the tears away, [...]

    18. This book was near perfection. My only issues were (view spoiler)[when Kyle got beat up at the County Fair and then if that wasn't bad enough he gets beat up again at school. Why was Kyle a punching bag for everyone???? (hide spoiler)]I really felt for Kyle. I liked how he found a family with Walt, Glenda, and Sam. I felt like I was on the farm with these characters. Maybe I should eat more vegetables now. Hmmmm. The romance with Sam was perfect. I love how responsible he was even for 19. I'm gl [...]

    19. Ms. Henry writes a moving story during which Sam’s kindness and that of his loving parents slowly show Kyle that he is worthy of love. Kyle realizes that he feels like the Johnson farm is “home” and that he can never go to his mother’s and step-father’s home again. Kyle learns how a real family interacts. He sees that touches can mean love and comfort, not hate and pain.You can read the rest of Tina's review at The Novel Approach

    20. I enjoyed this sweet YA story from Sherrie Henry. It was very heartbreaking to see all of the abuse Kyle had gone thru at the hands of his step father. And it was hard to see how parched he was for any sort of affection. But it was great to see him blossom under Glenda and Walt's care and Sam's love. And yes, the ending made me happy.

    21. I picked this book up for a couple of reasons, I liked the blurb and because the author is from my neck of the woods. :)I stumbled upon a wonderful treasure - from start to finish - I loved it! I will be re-reading it again. Highly recommended.

    22. I love this story. From beginning to end it was a joy to read, well, even with some tears. Yes, that was an important summer for Kyle. Poor neglected boy, finally learning what family means and that he is lovable. I'm sure I will re-read this book!

    23. I really enjoyed this book, I liked how it seemed to touch on every thought and emotion an boy learning about himself and his sexuality could have especially a boy coming from an abusive homophobic home. The love story was very sweet.

    24. “Last of the Summer Tomatoes” is a sweet, likable love story that I liked in large part because of one really positive element, an element I’ll get to in a moment, an element sadly missing from most fiction and media aimed at teens today. While “romance books” are not my typical read, two things drew me to this book: Ms. Henry is a fellow Harmony Ink Press author and I try to support my fellow authors whenever possible, and the setting was a farm in upstate New York (I tend to like sto [...]

    25. REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCEStory 4.5Narration 4.5I first read this book in 2013 and it is just as good the second time round and the audio book is outstanding.YA is not normally my thing but there is something about Last of the Summer Tomatoes that inspires hope and makes you believe that no matter how hard life gets or how downtrodden you feel that somewhere out there someone cares and that things can and will eventually get better. If you need a feel good story this will definitely fit th [...]

    26. B+A sweet and charming story of a gentle young man's journey of self discovery. Kyle was so innocent and naive it was at times hard to believe he was from New York. He had been abused and neglected for so long he had very little experience with making choices, mostly because he had never been allowed to. He truly believed that it was how the world was. I loved that he was such an artist, the way that he saw beauty in things that most people no longer notice. It was a pleasure to watch him gain c [...]

    27. 4.5 Kisses!Last of the Summer Tomatoes is a sweet romance and lovely romance between two young men who learn the healing power of love and acceptance. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Henry and it definitely won’t be my last.Kyle comes from a home where he’s not accepted and he lives in fear and shame. At seventeen, he’s rebellious and because of his unhappiness, finds himself commiting small crimes. When he takes the wrap for his friend and is send to a work program on a farm, Ky [...]

    28. *** Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review ***Emo teen Kyle Jackowski is a born and raised New Yorker living with his miserly, abusive step-father and his perennially dis-empowered mother. When Kyle runs afoul of the legal system, he's sentenced to a residential work-program on a dairy-farm upstate. It may well be the luckiest day of his life. His placement family are welcoming and nurturing in a way that Kyle has never exp [...]

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