Ann Brashares is the author of the phenomenal five-million-copies-selling series of young adult novels, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls In Pants, and Forever in Blue, and the New York Times bestselling adult novel The Last Summer (of You and Me).
This debut adult novel from Brashares, author of the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series, will please her innumerable fans and may win over readers who enjoy a thoughtful coming-of-age story. Set primarily on New York's Fire Island, the book features a classic triangle. Twentysomething sisters Alice and Riley and their next-door neighbor Paul have a shared history going back to their early childhoods. During this one fateful summer, external events force them all to grow up and move out of the perceived simplicity of their past. Alice in particular is torn between her conflicting feelings of love for Paul and loyalty to her sister. Paul's narcissism and Riley's Peter Pan complex keep the trio in a state of parallel play for too long, but slowly Brashares makes her case, which culminates in a tragedy that that readers will have seen coming (it's perhaps too heavily foreshadowed). The themes strongly resemble those explored by Ann Packer in The Dive from Clausen's Pier. Expect high demand and buy for all popular fiction collections; feel confident recommending to YA readers as well.-Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., Fairfield, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants author delivers her first novel for adults, a treacly tale about the tribulations a trio of longtime friends encounter. For as long as she can remember, 21-year-old Alice has spent summers on Fire Island with her parents and older sister, Riley. Riley, 24, is a beach lifeguard, more boyish in both looks and spirit than sweet, feminine Alice. An island neighbor and Riley's best friend, Paul, whose father is dead and mother mostly absent, returns to the island after two years away and must decide whether to sell his family's house there. More importantly, he and Alice finally act on an attraction they've felt for years, but they keep their frequent nuzzling quiet so as not to hurt Riley. Riley, meanwhile, has her own problems that could ruin Alice and Paul's clandestine romance and just about everything else. Brashares's YA roots are on display: the girls and Paul act like high school kids (Riley threatens to move out of the house unless everyone butts out; Paul and Alice are stricken with the most saccharine of puppy love), and anything below the surface is left untouched. It's a beach read, for sure, but a mediocre one. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
aA vivid elegy for youth...Brashares is wise as well as
sentimental. She sagely remembers just how it feels to be young,
lost, and in love. "The Last Summer (of You and Me)" is a weeper:
If you donat grow misty thereas something a bit shifty about the
state of your heart.a
a"The Miami Herald"
aNatural, insightful, and affecting. A-.a
aGet out your handkerchiefs. A perfect summer novel.a
a"The Vancouver Sun"
a"The Last Summer" is as much a treatise on loyalty and letting go of childish ways as it is on a summer of love.a
aAn unputdownable beach book calls for love, deceit, and sex. And "The Last Summer (of You and Me),.".has all those elements.a
aWould do nicely under a beach umbrella.a
a"The New York Times"
aCompelling...steeped in the familiar longings for lost time that readers seeking the carefree pleasure of a summer will enjoy.a
aKim Edwards, "The Washington Post"
aAnn Brasharesas new book will delight all of her "Traveling Pants" fansanow grown-up and ready for this very adult novel of love, loss and the beauty of intense family bonds.a
aAnita Shreve, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Pilotas Wife" and "A Wedding in December"
aFunny, deep and true, this one will keep you reading long after the sun has gone down.a
aAdriana Trigiani, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Big Stone Gap" and "Lucia, Lucia"
?A vivid elegy for youth...Brashares is wise as well as sentimental. She sagely remembers just how it feels to be young, lost, and in love. "The Last Summer (of You and Me)" is a weeper: If you don?t grow misty there's something a bit shifty about the state of your heart.?
?"The Miami Herald"
?Natural, insightful, and affecting. A-.?
?Get out your handkerchiefs. A perfect summer novel.?
?"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.?
?An unputdownable beach book calls for love, deceit, and sex. And "The Last Summer (of You and Me)."..has all those elements.?
?Would do nicely under a beach umbrella.?
?"The New York Times"
?Compelling...steeped in the familiar longings for lost time that readers seeking the carefree pleasure of a summer will enjoy.?
?Kim Edwards, "The Washing