|Two Summers by Aimee Friedman|
pub 4/26/16 by Point
Received at ALAMW
I’ll admit, I didn’t fall in love with Summer (as a character) but I very much understood a lot of what she was going through. Particularly in the world where she stays home for the summer and she experiences very real growing pains with her best friend. I also very much related to her defense mechanism of hiding her feelings to the point of ridiculousness because I too was like that at one point. (Who knows, maybe I still am.) There were just a lot times when I found myself super frustrated with her and then it hit me — she’s a teenager. And the truth is, the author does a great job of portraying ta 15-turning-16 year old girl accurately. She’s emotional, sensitive and simultaneously wants to grow up and stay the same. She’s someone I think a lot of younger readers will relate to.
But a lot happens in both worlds and it’s funny how even miles and miles (and decisions) away, some truths will always find its way out into the open. While somewhat predictable, I did enjoy watching how each summer played out and learning about the people in her lives. Of course, there’s also a cute boy in each life and I’m pretty sure everyone will have the same favorite.
(Some) recommendationsI felt like the book was off to a rocky start (I think being the protagonist was a little younger than I expected) and I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing at first. But then I eventually got sucked into Summer’s lives and wanting to know how it would all play out.
Do I recommend?If you like parallel lives and/or universes, I would check this out!
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