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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758235089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758235084
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in Portland, Maine, with my husband Stephen (architect, photographer, and food writer) and our amazingly fabulous cats Betty and Cyrus. When I'm not writing, I usually can be found with my head in a book. I try to read widely; still, I do play favorites with authors such as Peter Ackroyd and Patrick McGrath.

I was born and grew up in the Bronx and later lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in English Literature at New York University before going on to work for about twelve years as an editor in publishing and packaging at Ballantine Books, Daniel Weiss Associates, Inc., and Kensington Publishing Corporation. Mostly I developed, acquired and edited projects, usually fiction, in Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade categories.

In 1996, I moved to Boston and began freelance editing, ghost writing, and reviewing manuscripts. I was a can-do wordsmith for hire, grinding out books on everything from the importance of shark liver oil in one's diet to feng shui for the amateur; I also worked on what seemed like a million Young Adult series installments. Eventually I decided I'd rather work on my own projects so I made a proposal to my old friend and colleague John Scognamiglio at Kensington. After a couple of false starts he signed me up to write "Living Single," which was published in 2002. Since then I've been writing one novel a year, and I've also contributed novellas to three collections John put together.

In terms of life outside reading and writing, Stephen and I recently updated an 1865 brick townhouse in downtown Portland and we love living in this old seaside town. We entertain a good bit -- Stephen cooks, I set a nice table and clean up afterwards. We're happy to live in an area so full of people who support the arts. Portland itself is alive with theatre and music, and it's the home of several museums, including the impressive Portland Museum of Art, and good independent bookstores catering to serious readers.

What's new? I'm working on another book set in Ogunquit, Maine. This story involves two women - Delphine from Ogunquit and Maggie "from away" - who met as children and became fast friends. But after college, well, very different lives beckoned and at the time we meet the women, they haven't seen each other in over twenty years. For a variety of reasons, Maggie is eager for a revival of their old friendship, but for a variety of other reasons, Delphine is not. What happens to these women over the course of the book? I'm finding out more each day!

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Boring and never felt like it was going any where.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Opsahl on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rosie Patterson is the target of a bullying campaign at her school. What starts as just teasing from a group of girls, turns into full on abuse. The ultimate betrayal that Rosie receives is her best friend and next door neighbor, Meg Giroux, lets slip a big secret that is used to humiliate Rosie in front of the entire school. This pushes Rosie over the edge and into a downward spiral and ends with self-mutilation. The aftermath ends up tearing apart not only Rosie's family but also Meg's. Both families must come full circle and learn to forgive and move forward.

I am going to be completely honest and say I felt no emotion while reading Last Summer. I was fully expecting to be torn apart due to my own personal experiences but instead I felt I was just reading a story. Chamberlin didn't pull me in. After reading the Q & A at the end, I figured out why. Chamberlin has never experienced bullying or any of the after effects., she has only researched it because she was asked to write a book on bullying. The storyline was well thought out but it is missing that emotion that needs to be incorporated to pull the reader in and make the impact that it should. I would still recommend readers to pick this book up just because Chamberlin does tell the story from many POVs and the reader realizes how bullying can affect the victim but also ripple thru everyone associated with the victim.

(ARC was provided by publisher for an honest review)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cherie on July 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I feel that this author has no clue about teenage girls. It makes me wonder if she knows any teenage girls, or even remembers being one. Teenage girls do not wish they looked like Kate Middleton so that they can marry a prince. They want to look like Katty Perry so they can be a star and make their own way. I also don't think that very many of them wish that they can learn to cook so that they can help their rich mother who does not work outside of the home. She portrayed the character as if she was 10 instead of 15. I also have trouble believing that anyone in highschool really cares about someone wetting the bed years ago. The story was not a reflection of any teenagers that I know or even read about in other books. It took alot of effort to get through this book. The story was very flat. Her characters did not come to life so it was difficult to feel anything towards them, or to relate to them in any way. I also read "A week in December" and felt the same way. I find this author to be dull and boring and will not be reading any more of her books. It's just not worth my time or money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This novel centers on The Patterson family and The Giroux family; especially the mothers and daughters. Have the events in this story destroyed the relationship between the families? I hope you get a chance to read this book and find out for yourself.

Rosie Patterson and Meg Giroux have been best friends for a long time. They have lived next door to each other for years. Jane Patterson and Frannie Giroux also have been best friends for a long time too.

Over the years Rosie and Meg have confided many secrets to each other. Both girls trusted each other to keep those secrets and they both have up until now. Meg is an outgoing young lady that can stand on her own two feet. Rosie on the other hand is a little more on the timid and laid back side.

It seems for months Rosie has been picked on by several girls in and out of school. Meg doesn't like that Rosie won't stick up for herself. In a moment that Meg instantly regretted she blurted out to the leader of the girls that have been picking on Rosie a secret about Rosie. Of course, the secret was spread around school by these malicious girls.

The damage done to Rosie was pretty bad. There was more abuse and bullying that came out in this book. I don't want to spoil it for the reader. I found myself wanting to fight for Rosie. I wanted Rosie to tell someone!

The relationship between Rosie and Meg and between Jane and Frannie is understandably strained. Will there be healing and forgiveness? Can Rosie ever trust Meg again? Can Jane and Frannie get their relationship back on track?

Bullying is never an act that can be condoned. I think more public awareness is needed. Parents as well as school officials should always be on the alert.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StaceyPagan on October 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel brought tears to my eyes several times. Chamberlin has done a fantastic job relating the mother/daughter and best friend relationship between two families and hitting upon the bullying aspect that is running amuck in our society today! Rosie Patterson goes through hell dealing with bullies, but not wanting to alarm her parents, never admits it to them. In a moment of weakness, not wanting to be the next butt of the joke, Meg turns on her best friend and pokes fun of Rosie. This novel is a rollercoaster ride that will take you for unexpected loops and keep you on the edge of your chair, wondering what will happen next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb on October 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great book. Hard to put down. New author for me. Excited to find, ordered another book from author! Great find. I really liked because it was easy to relate too.
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