6.01.2007

Book Review: The Last Summer (of You & Me)



The Last Summer (Of You & Me) by Ann Brashares

This is the first adult novel from Brashares, author of the wildly popular Traveling Pants series, and takes place on a New England seaside, which seems to be a theme with me lately. ;-)

Alice and Riley are twenty-something sisters who are spending another summer on Fire Island (a family tradition), and best friend from summer Paul arrives after a two year absence, spinning into place a story of attraction, family, loss, and how the smallest acts can drive people apart - and bring them back together.

This is a lovely novel - a passionate romance that's a long time coming, an evocative setting with vivid descriptions of the ocean that made me feel as though I was there, great characterizations, and the highs and lows of life right between the pages. Though I could occasionally see some YA roots in Brashares' story, I thought it was a great adult novel - recommended!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see if I can buy a New England beach house - cheap. ;-)

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