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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)
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An unputdownable beach book calls for love, deceit, and sex. And The Last Summer (of You and Me), by Ann Brashares, has all those elements. The page-turner follows two 20-something sisters as they cross the threshold into adulthood and try to make summer romance last all year. -- Cosmopolitan
Ann Brashares has written a glorious novel of unrequited love, longing and the meaning of friendship in The Last Summer (of You and Me). She weaves a tale full of delicious plot twists and revelations that will surprise and enthrall you. Riley and Alice are sisters, their relationship is as potent and complex as the real thing. Funny, deep and true, this one will keep you reading long after the sun has gone down. -- Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia
Ann Brashares's new book, The Last Summer (of You and Me), will delight all of her Traveling Pants fans-now grown-up and ready for this very adult novel of love, loss and the beauty of intense family bonds. -- Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Pilot's Wife and A Wedding in December
Brashares's writing is natural, insightful, and affecting. -- Entertainment Weekly
This debut adult novel from Brashares will please her unnumerable fans and win over readers who enjoy a thoughtful coming-of-age story....The themes strongly resemble those explored by Ann Packer in The Dive From Clausen's Pier. -- Library Journal
When summertime neighbors Alice and Paul realize their feelings for go deeper than friendshipm they're afraid to share the news of their clandestine affair with Riley, Alice's sister and Paul's best friend. But then a darker, more tragic secret threatens to come between them. The page-turning pace of Ann Brashares's The Last Summer (of You & Me) makes it a perfect beach read. -- Redbook
[Those with] a hankering for a breezy summer read will easily relate to Brashares's restless threesome of lost souls -- People, three stars --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There's something about this novel that hooks me in each time I read it. The possibility that something might change, but it never does, and yet, it's a beautiful story even though... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kate M.
One of my favorite books bc it discusses the notion of growing up and the feeling of having to leave certain things behind, not because you don't like them any less, but because... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Razukiewicz
I read this book in two days! And I freaking loved it. Seriously so good! Just the right amount of heartbreak and love and lust. A perfect summer read for any new adult. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexis
Brashares is one of those few authors who can really capture the emotion of love and have your stomach twisted up with the intensity of the emotion she portrays. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ema Reviews
I read this book at least once a year. Every so often I long to delve into the romance of Paul and Alice. One of my favorite books of all time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Bullock
I read two books twice a year. The last Summer of You and me & P&P (Austen). I need a good cry and a excited smile. Read morePublished 13 months ago by d.design
Ok, but with so many books to read and limited time this would not be one that made my listPublished 14 months ago by susan silverman