Having said this, I cannot wait for My Name is Memory to come out soon. I never hear very many people talk about it as anything other than a beach read at best , and I wonder if it just flew under the radar a fair bit or if only I thought it was meaningful. For sisters Riley and Alice, summer brings them back to Fire Island and the town of Waterby. I read 113 pages before accepting the fact that it wasn't going to get any better. She reminds us of the strength and sting of friendship, the great ache of loss, and the complicated weight of family loyalty.
La relation entre Alice et Paul, parce que oui il y en a une, est à la base de tous les événements qui se produiront par la suite. The one good thing that can be said about the predictability is that you know what will happen to everyone despite the multiple loose ends at the conclusion of the book; you've predicted all along what's going to happen, so it's a no-brainer to fill in the parts the author didn't. From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares comes her first adult novel 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. After growing up together their lives divide. To view it, Alice is an annoying girl who spends the entire book whining about her childhood friend Paul. Her words drip off the page, slashing little pangs in my heart. Ann Brashares has won millions of fans with her blockbuster series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, in which she so powerfully captured the emotional complexities of female friendship and young love.
I read this author after reading the traveling pants series because she is great at developing her characters. This was one plus to the story. 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. 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. His wealthy but wayward father, who named him for Paul McCartney, died from a drug overdose when the boy was very young. It has been for years.
Review A vivid elegy for youth. The book takes place when the sisters have matured into their 20's, along with their summer friend, Paul, who returns after being gone for 3 years. Alice, age 21, and Riley, 24, are two sisters. I had a hard time getting into this one and at the first I had a hard time discerning when she changed from the present to the past and back again. I fell in love with Alice and Paul. Could you even do that? The Vancouver Sun The Last Summer is as much a treatise on loyalty and letting go of childish ways as it is on a summer of love.
About The Last Summer of You and Me From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares comes her first adult novel 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. Riley is the athletic and adventurous one, having life-guarded on the island since she was fifteen. Add a serious illness into the mix, and things start to get complicated and heartbreaking. . I fell in love with Fire Island all of the characters in the story.
Maybe for some readers it is, I usually expect a great plot from a crime novel but most of the time what really matters to me is the atmosphere, the dialogue, the overall feeling that a book is able to convey in my day. The entire novel is a beautiful, lyrical testament to the complexities of all sorts of love, yet never is the reader made to feel manipulated nor pandered to. I was also interested in seeing how Brashares fared writing adult fiction. Indeed, Riley had always known Paul would love Alice. It still works now, I'm just not used to seeing so much torture in the present day. What a beautiful way to spend a cold and rainy day. He even attends an old island acquaintance's wedding with a beautiful date to spite her.
Neither can afford it, but they are smitten. With warmth, humor, and wisdom, Brashares makes us feel the excruciating joys and pangs of love—both platonic and romantic. Maybe I should read more reviews about stuff. Definitely a light and easy read. With The Last Summer of You and Me , she moves on to introduce a new set of characters and adult relationships just as true, endearing, and unforgettable. Not even sure why I finished it, but I wanted to make sure at least it ended up the way I thought it should.
I found the writing stilted, the character development weak, and my plot expectations unfulfilled. Who knew that my favorite type of book actually had a name? What does that even mean?! Alice volunteers to tend to the beach house, as the family has decided to sell it. Could you interrupt the cycle? Set against this vivid backdrop, The Last Summer of You and Me is the enchanting, heartrending story of a beach-community friendship triangle and summertime romance among three young adults for whom summer and this place have meant everything. I only put 4 stars, because After reading this book, I'm just wondering why didn't I read this before! Une ambiance de vacances, le sable chaud, les gens pieds nus, les portes ouvertes, le bruit des vagues, la mer, une écriture juste et trois personnages principaux dont je suis tombée sous le charme. The first edition of this novel was published in 2007, and was written by Ann Brashares.