Emma, Skylar, Jo, and Maddie have all come back to camp for a weekend of tipsy canoe trips to the island, midnight skinny dipping in the lake, and an epic game of capture the flag—boys versus girls. Only your best friends know the real you, the things no one else can see, which take time to unearth and appreciate. Mack was a great camp leader, but he ran it pretty much by himself, with a handyman and a nurse around during the day to help out. Five Summers by Publisher: Razorbill 384 pages May 16, 2013 Four best friends, five summers of camp memories. The book navigates between the reunion weekend and experiences from each of the five summers the girls spent at camp together, deftly showing how the present is so often defined by the past. The lifelong friendships start to crack under the strain of very real adult dilemmas caused by boyfriend trouble, deception and betrayal.
The summer we were 11: Johanna totally freaked out during her first game of spin the bottle. You have all the right characters present: the brainiac, the one the boys adore, the one with a secret, and the tomboy. I was also lucky enough to take classes for new mothers she led at a local Y. Which character — as performed by Abigail Revasch — was your favorite? Jo found out Maddie's secret. I felt like this book had a lot of potential to be great.
Rule 18: Best friends always treat each other with respect. Jo found out Maddie's secret. Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Ann Brashare's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Judy Blume's Summer Sisters. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests. The summer we were twelve: Skylar's love letters from her boyfriend back home were exciting to all of us—except Skylar. Brady from The Brady Bunch, if he became a gym teacher and grew a mustache. Soon the counselors would be rowing out to the middle of the lake with a boatload of amateur pyrotechnics for a fireworks display, but for a few minutes, anyway, we had the view to ourselves.
Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Ann Brashare's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Judy Blume's Summer Sisters. You can listen to the full audiobook Five Summers, free at our library. Although a couple of the characters and story lines were harder to invest in than others not to mention downright frightening as the mother of tweens , I thought there was a lot of depth and cringe-inducing, brutal honesty about how flawed and clueless and hopeful and confused adolescents are, especially when living with other adolescents summer after summer. The girls are forced to examine their summer-camp relationships through the prism of their increasingly complex lives. This is in my top 10 favorites. Maddie and her sweet Southern blood.
That kind of thing just shows you how other people see you, diluted down to your most easily identifiable traits, which is hardly ever the same as how you see yourself. Moreover, it is something that LaMarche has captured brilliantly in her novel — the way the lines get drawn, the way communication lapses, the way you try to hold so hard onto what the friendship once was instead of figuring out what the friendship has to grow into. So perhaps it is partially because of my own experience that I was so effectively transported back to that time of my life while reading this book, but each of the four main characters was so real and identifiable that it was definitely more than just nostalgia that made me enjoy this book so much. Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Ann Brashare's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Judy Blume's Summer Sisters. Every summer we eagerly anticipated Erica coming to visit for the entire summer. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? We kicked off our flip-flops and sat on the beach, knee-to-sun-browned-knee, in a loose circle. Skylar had always gotten a lot of attention, not just from guys but from everyone.
Which she did have, so we all had to admit she had a point. There's some wonderful characterization here and emotional arcs for the girls. But the weekend isn't quite as sun-washed as they'd imagined as the memories of past summersNand boysNtug at the ties of friendship. The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth. We were inseparable, and those seventy-two acres of rolling hills, fields, and woods in eastern New Hampshire felt like our Neverland. Growing up in that way seemed a lot more complicated than having a birthday, or a period, or a certain cup size, or even having s-e-x; not just one thing, but a series like dominos that kept falling down no matter how much you wanted them to stay standing… or, maybe, like a big round of mash with the universe doing the counting for you LaMarche, 196. He started to lean - so slowly I wasn't even sure he was really leaning.
Emma, Skylar, Jo, and Maddie have all come back to camp for a weekend of tipsy canoe trips to the island, midnight skinny-dipping in the lake, and an epic game of capture the flag - boys versus girls. It was a title she was disappointed about, since, she argued, traveling up from the South—while rare for a New England camp—was kind of a cop-out attribute. Jo untied the bandana she was wearing around her head and spread it on the pebbly sand, and I took off my backpack and laid the portfolio down carefully. Four best friends, five summers of camp memories. Funny and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of best friends, lasting love, and campfire s'mores. He started to lean - so slowly I wasn't even sure he was really leaning. His lips parted slightly, those warm brown eyes searching my face for permission, like that time I slipped climbing a tree in the north field when we were twelve and he had to take a two-inch splinter out of my shoulder.
This definitely contributed to a disjointed feeling to the book and I found myself having to re-check chapter titles to remember who and where I was. The summer we were 10: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth. To win a copy, enter our giveaway below! I was really excited to read, what I thought would be, a book about strong friendships between a group of girls. Each of the four harbors a secret that is revealed at an inopportune moment. Reading about summer friends and canoe trips across the lake and bonfires and camp songs always makes me wistful for summer camp days of my own past, which is impressive because I never actually went to summer camp. But the weekend isn't quite as sun-washed as they'd imagined as the memories of past summers and boys tug at the ties of friendship.