What I Read This Week – The Last Summer (of you and me)

Posted by danielle on April 22nd, 2010. Filed under: Books, Recent Posts.

I bought this book to take with me on vacation last month but I ended up leaving it at home. Instead, while we were away, I read two books about violence and oppression in Afghanistan (The Kite Runner and 1000 Splendid Suns both by Khaled Hosseini) and one about a illiterate american teenager who suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her parents (Push by Sapphire). These were all great works of literature but certainly not the kind of books you read to relax and forget about your troubles. This was that kind of book.

The story is simple. There are three friends, two are sisters and one is a dude. They’ve known each other since childhood because they have neighbouring summer cottages. When they meet up in their early 20s, their friendship becomes complicated when one of the sisters hook ups with him. Mellow drama ensues.

Overall it was a little too sappy and romantic for my taste but at least none one was stoned to death or raped. That was a refreshing change from my holiday reading last month. As the cover would suggest, this is definitely a book for the beach and I wouldn’t recommend it for anything other than that.

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