Friday, August 16, 2013

The Summer of Us

Book: The Summer of Us
Author: Holly Chamberlin

Review: Three strangers on the verge of turning 30 decide to rent a house together on Martha's Vineyard for the summer. Gincy (an outspoken woman who resents her family and despises her hometown in NH), Claire (uptight teacher who is in a loveless long term relationship with her college boyfriend) and Danielle (curvy girl from Long Island who is shopping for a husband) are initially wary of each other but end up developing a lasting friendship. 

I just didn't care for this book. It is written in alternating narratives but it seemed like Gincy (my least favorite character) had more than the other girls. She is almost 30 and repeatedly calls her hometown ridiculous names like 'Armpit, NH'. Her maturity level was at a middle school level and the relationship she engages in (with a successful single dad) was completely unbelievable. While the other girls weren't as cringe worthy as Gincy, they were all one dimensional and many of their conversations didn't sound like things actual people talk about. 

I was hoping for a light beach read (in fact, I found this book at our condo on a beach vacation) and while it was a light read, it was not enjoyable. Skip this one.

Grade: 1/5

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