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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade; Reprint edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594483086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594483080
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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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Review

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.

More About the Author

Ann Brashares is the bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, Forever in Blue, The Last Summer (of You and Me), and My Name is Memory.

Customer Reviews

I read this book for my book club and found it to be very slow moving.
DJ
I just felt like there was SO much character thoughts & development with very little dialogue that it got very boring at times.
SNH
If you are looking for a beach read and you have a few kleenexes with you, then I definitely recommend this book.
SarahDole

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen C. Rubin on June 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME) yesterday, and I couldn't turn off the light last night until I'd reached the end. The relationship between the three main characters (two sisters and the guy who lives next to them every summer, when they stay on Fire Island) was complex and fascinating.

This is a love story, but also the story of the love between two sisters...it's romantic, poignant, suspenseful...what more can you ask?

I am a huge fan of Ann Brashares's TRAVELING PANTS books -- this novel is written for adults, so feels very different, but just as good.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
In this book, sisters Riley and Alice are going to their summer home on Fire Island, where they have gone every summer since they were kids. Their friend Paul is going to be there too, whom Riley and Alice haven't seen in quite a few years since he didn't come to Fire Island in the last three summers. So many things happen to the three friends in that one summer. A romance between two of them happened (I won't say who), a illness overcomes one of them (I still won't say who) and secrets are uncovered regarding them. Deep secrets. This book was wonderful and I loved it. Although, it was made for adults, I read it anyway, since I love Ann Brashare's books! Although it was a little sexual, I loved it all the same. I suggest this book to anyone, even kids, if your parents will allow you to. That's how good it is. So, go read the book!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mama in MA on August 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a summer read for a beach vacation. It was a bit hard to get into but about 1/3 of the way in, I was hooked. I read just for personal pleasure and an escape so had no big expectations. I had not read any of the other reviews before reading and was frankly surprised by all the negative ones. I would recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H on June 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Last summer of you and me is a great book. The setting is a a great little island, and is just a charming scene. Two sisters have been summer friends with Paul for years. The story is about a tragedy, and the love between the sisters and their friend, and how each relationship affects another. You get to know the characters intimately, and understand the complications of their relationships, and love for one another.
Brashears is a fresh writer, but I did find sometimes that what she wanted the reader to feel, or the conclusion she wants the reader to draw is not clear. Sometimes, the way she writes, makes it hard to read- as it makes you analyze quite a bit, but for the most part it's an easy read. It's a typical story, but the challenges of the characters is what makes is unique and fresh. You long to be on the very island with these two sisters, who have so many differences but yet such a bond. The characters stay true to themselves throughout the novel, and throughout the different stages of their lives, showing that Brashares truly knows these characters.
The story is sweet, and sad, and leaves you wondering a little. It's moving, but maybe could have been a little more moving. There is so much building with the complications of the lovers that sometimes you wonder what the surface of their relationship is, away from all the intensity, but the story turns out as it should, and probably won't disappoint you, although there is a tragedy that is sad.
It's a great book that I would recommend. I love reading books that make me feel differently, and make me feel as if I know the characters, and you walk away feeling that you intimately know these people.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is great. This story is perfect for reading by the beach or sitting outside on a cool summer evening. I loved this book! The Last Summer ( of you and me) is on my list for best books of summer. And even if summer is now over you can still enjoy the romance and the sister bonding. The ending will put a smile on your face and make you happy for days. This book made me tear up a little. Not just because it was sad but I was happy also. It was a little predictable at times but Ann Brashares is a brilliant writer anyways. And I think that predecting the end helps you understand the book better. The Last Summer( of you and me) is full of sister bonding, tragedy, and that silly little thing called love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sunkissd1 on June 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read the other reviews before starting mine. This book was neither slow and boring, nor was it very sexual. It made some references, however it most definitely wasn't graphic in the way that Judy Blume books are. Safe and innocent, anyone can read it without being offended.

It is a a heartwarming story about 3 friends who grew up together, young love, young unexpected loss, expectations, forgiveness and how they handle it all.

The author has a summer home on Fox Island and describes it so well, I felt like I was there. The story was so engrossing I read the majority of the book in about a day and was disappointed it came to an end.

I hope Ann Brashares writes a sequel to this book as I'm dying to know what happened to the future of the characters.

I will be adding this to my stack of summer reads that I bring out and enjoy every summer!
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for another "Traveling Pants" sort of story, I'm sorry to say that this isn't it. Instead, the author of the famous and highly acclaimed series "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" aims for the heart, with a rather drawn out tale of two sisters, a guy who hasn't decided who he wants to be if he grows up, and life in Waterby, Fire Island.

Intended for adults, this book fails completely in that respect, especially as the main characters are all young adults, and even the few steamy parts come over with only a weak sizzle. Having said that, there's a very nice little story buried in here, about the close relationship between two sisters, Riley and Alice, and how this is affected when their close friend Paul returns to the island to pick up where he left off three years before. Things have changed, people have grown, and secrets long hidden start popping up, but it takes eons to develop, leaving the reader lots of time to walk on the beach and watch the ferry come and go.

In summary, this rather dry tale of sisterly love and growing up serves as a reminder that sometimes, life's a beach.

Amanda Richards, October 24, 2007
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