the last summer of you and me.

what a ridiculous book. halfway through i was so annoyed with the plot that i read ahead to the end. it had a nicholas sparks kind of overly dramatic ridiculously romantic kind of feel to it. the sexual content was way too much for me. in case you care, here's a synopsis:

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. {from barnesandnoble.com}

waste of time. no wonder i found it in a bargain bin a the grocery store {serves me right, huh!}.

p.s. i think i may have been sucked in by the cover. it's lovely, right?


Marianne said...

Frequent nuzzling? Now THAT is funny!

Caprene said...

wait, so the traveling pants books weren't written for adults? I ready them real quickly just before the second movie came out, but I remember a lot of nuzzling in those books. I can only imagine what an adult book would be like if she wrote those for tweens.

Ariel said...

yeah i didn't read the books but i saw the movies and there were definitely some adult themes.

i actually felt like this book didn't fit in either genre. it was too adult for teens and too high-school-ish for adults.