The Last Summer (of You and Me)
by Ann Brashares (audiobook)
About the Book
“In the town of Waterby on Fire Island, the rhythms and rituals of summer are sacrosanct: the ceremonial arrivals and departures by ferry; yacht club dinners with terrible food and breathtaking views; the virtual decree against shoes; and the generational parade of sandy, sun-bleached kids, running, swimming, squealing, and coming of age on the beach.
Set against this vivid backdrop, The Last Summer (of You and Me) is the enchanting, heartrending story of a beach-community friendship triangle among three young adults for whom summer and this place have meant everything. Sisters Riley and Alice, now in their twenties, have been returning to their parents modest beach house every summer for their entire lives. Petite, tenacious Riley is a tomboy and a lifeguard, always ready for a midnight swim, a gale-force sail, or a barefoot sprint down the beach. Beautiful Alice is lithe, gentle, a reader and a thinker, and worshipful of her older sister. And every summer growing up, in the big house that overshadowed their humble one, there was Paul, a friend as important to both girls as the place itself, who has now finally returned to the island after three years away. But his return marks a season of tremendous change, and when a simmering attraction, a serious illness, and a deep secret all collide, the three friends are launched into an unfamiliar adult world, a world from which their summer haven can no longer protect them.”
If you remember, I recently read My Name is Memory, also by Ann Brashares. I love, love, loved that book and can’t wait for the next book in the series. I had high hopes for The Last Summer (of You and Me).
The book has received a lot of great reviews, but I have to say I just didn’t like it as much as My Name is Memory. Maybe I had too high of hopes for it.
I didn’t feel like Brashares developed the characters fully or made me want to feel invested in them. It was as if she left out big chunks of background or inner monologue that would have let me know more about each of the three main characters and made me root for them. Perhaps it’s because the story was told in the third person, it’s almost as if she was skimming the surface.
If I had to sum up my reaction to the book, I would say that it left me unaffected.
I’m certainly not giving up on Brashares…yet.
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