If you don’t know who Summer Land is you are missing out!! Summer is an author and vlogger who is hysterical, confident, and adorable all rolled into one. I was given the opportunity to read/review Summer’s new book Summerlandish. What I got in return was one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time-I seriously couldn’t put this book down. I was staying up past my bedtime to keep turning those pages.
Summer’s story is so relate-able on so many levels it’s scary. I even joked with her that she is my soul sister. Her stories trump mine but the concept is still there. Putting yourself out there with no shame and filter is a scary concept, but let me tell you, she makes it work. Not only was this book a page turner but it was so laugh-out-loud funny *I can’t*.
Her story is filled with embarrassing stories and real life events that have helped shape her into the woman that she is now. I fully believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m pretty sure Summer would also agree. After I read the book I thought it would be fun to do a small question and answer with Summer–mostly because I’m nosy and needed some answers that she didn’t reveal. Here is what she had to say:
1. For a single mother your mother seemed to have an “endless” supply of money to support/bail you out of trouble. You don’t mention finances a lot and it got me very curious, being raised by a single mother and all…care to elaborate?
My mom was extremely lucky that my dad and his family owned two very successful jewelry stores. After his death, his family set up trusts for all the Land kids and provided my mom with plenty. Social security also helped! I only now realize how lucky I was to be able to have a “stay at home” mom who also happened to be a single parent. I loved that she got to volunteer at my school, attend failed trips and provide endless rides for me and my friends 🙂
2. Is the “weird hippie” school you attended still around and active? This all sounded so crazy to me!
YES! And it’s still every bit as amazing. I really want my daughter to go to school there so we may have to relocate from Australia to Florida when she gets a bit older. Something about seeing peacocks every day seems very special to me.
3. How did others perceive you as a 14 year old with a tattoo? Do you still have all the tattoos you got?
I’m sure half of the kids at my school were horrified and the other half were jealous. At that age, we all just want to be cool. It definitely provided me with some street cred. Today I loathe them. Haha I’ve had one half way lasered off, but I keep being pregnant and not able to continue. I have a dream of one day being ink free. (But funnily enough- I didn’t regret it. They were all fun at the time and have provided lots of laughs for a lot of people.)
4. You don’t mention your wedding at all! Can you fill us in with the details? Pretty please! (Spoiler Alert!)
YES!!! Paul and I got married in Park City, Utah because we met and fell in love there. Plus it was half way-ish between Australia and Florida and the perfect destination for all of our friends and family to meet. It wasn’t a typical weekend wedding. Because we had all traveled so far the festivities spanned from Wednesday to Monday. After the wedding- six of our besties, Paul and I went to Yellowstone National Park. It was truly one of the best years of my life. Oh 2012! How I’m so glad the world didn’t end then.
5. I see that you’re on baby number 2 (sorry stalking you on Instagram) how has baby number 1 changed you? Annnd do you know what you’re having yet with baby number 2? (Spoiler Alert!)
I’m tired. And I go back and forth between feeling selfish (for not focusing 100% on my child) and empowered (for having it all!) Parenthood is a nice big potluck of mixed emotions. But it is absolutely the best love in the world! And yes- Baby #2 is a boy and we like the name Axel! (And not just because we’re Beverly Hills Cop fans.)
I can’t say it enough how awesome this book really is. I now need to find myself copies of her other books! I am thrilled that Summer was so kind to answer the questions I had and I’m pretty sure I have a ton more but wanted to keep things simple!! I hope this review and interview inspires you to pick up her book–you won’t regret it!
Have a fabulous Monday lovelies!