Vintage Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
I know my inner fangirl raised her ugly head when the first thing that came to mind when I closed the book (besides "I may have to reread this before it goes back to the library") is what the heck was Jayne thinking C+. C+! C+! C+ is what Ralphie got on his "What I Want For Christmas" theme. This was so much better than C+.
No offense Jayne, that was my inner fangirl screaming, but now in my saner moments I can see it wasn't perfect. But my inner fangirl allows me to completely look past not perfect and see almost perfect--LOL.
Now go read the Ja(y)nes' dueling reviews, I'll wait... **tapping finger nails on mouse pad** Are you back? They're probably more fair and accurate than I could ever be.
But I have to say I did disagree with some of their thoughts... Dean and Blue (our hero and heroine) both have huge abandonment issues, both had horrible childhoods that neither has dealt with. As I was reading it felt like Dean spent the summer being forced to deal with his issues, but Blue was more of a foil for him. We're given her backstory about how she was shuffled from one hippie family to another while her mother was off righting the wrongs of the world, never realising she was wronging her own child in the process--this I thought needed to be dealt with more. Jayne took issue with the overly happy ending, but I think that was part of the point of Dean's Family's Summer of Love, it was supposed to be magical and by the end I was seeing Blue's mystical art as a metaphor for this magical summer--OMG, wasn't that deep for a Fangirl of a someone writing romantic comedy.
And, one more quick thought, I didn't really notice the product/name dropping, though I knew it was going on. I guess for some it becomes annoying yet nobody name drops like Rachel Gibson, she can put Chick Lit authors to shame.