Yesterday I had a mini-readathon because I had not even started The Summer That Changed Everything and I knew that I had to post the review today. One of the tricky things about setting aside a day of the week for a certain thing is that you have to be so organised.
Anyway, three hours of solid reading and I have finished the book in time!
Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: Summer Love, Realism, Contemporary YA Fiction
Release date: 4th March 2010
Target audience: 11+
I could see a little of myself in each of the girls. I always wanted to do well at school like Ama. I would have thought an F was the end of the world too. I wanted to have fun and be popular like Jo. I definitely have Polly's obsessive side and get totally caught up in whatever project I'm working on. Reading about how they all journeyed through the summer and confronted who they were was quite an emotional experience. I found this book to be a real tearjerker.
The Summer That Changed Everything is a story of friendship more than summer love. Yet love is a theme, love of your parents, love of your friends, your family, but above all love of yourself. There is a little romance but only that which is important to the characters' discovery of who they are.
Overall, I feel like I went on a journey with this book. I went from thinking "how am I ever going to read this?" to "wow, what a story! I am so glad I read this." Brashares conveyed the message inside this story with subtlety and emotion and completely won me over.
Thanks to Random House Children's Books for sending me the book to review.
... is the last Summer Love Monday. There won't be a review. There will be a discussion post which reflects on the covers, themes and questions that have been running through the novels reviewed in this feature.