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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449997260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449997267
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,890,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tressa Green is an author who enjoys penning engrossing character driven stories that focus on deeply human issues. Her highly unique writing style stands out sharply in the current market.

Bucking conventions in writing tickles her nearly as much as it does in life. One of her favorite responses from a stranger is "I wouldn't expect someone like you to have all those tattoos." Shattering stereotypes and living "outside the box" gives her the voice of experience when writing the outcast character many people can relate to.

Tressa is also passionate about art; a life-long love she pursued professionally with fair success for five years. Art continues to play a large role in her life today.

Currently, she resides as a full time writer in her beloved home state of Indiana with her husband, two of three children (one being grown), and her clutter of feisty felines.

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It's absolutely beautiful.
KMFrontain
It is impossible to put down and you find yourself angry that you are unable to read faster, as you just want to know what is coming next in her world.
Kinez_Maciji
This is a fascinating and unsettling tale of a young woman's love/hate relationship with her mental illness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By suzanne on November 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon this book by pure chance and coincidentally (you'll understand why it's coincidental) I read it one fall day under a tree. The same day I witnessed an acorn fall. I loved the book, the imagery, and the poetry. I even wrote down my favorite quotes! One of my personal favorites is about wanting to smell of autumn leaves everyday of my life. I feel like how good a book is should be judged by how it affects the reader and personally I was so drawn into the story that my eyes stung when the protagonist lost touch with her friends, when the effect of the medication is described. I grew attached to her and her scooter and Tommy. Oh Tommy. What can you say about a character who you quite literally fall in love with. As in ohmygodhe'dbesohotinreallife. And not just on a shallow he's really attractive level but also on the moral level, you can't help but admire him. I would highly recommend this book and I can't wait for the sequel (which I hear is on the way? :))
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Puppy DiFranco on December 24, 2010
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A phenomenal first book from a very talented writer. Once I got past the first few pages and really got into the story, I couldn't put it down. It was a wonderful mix of "Girl, Interrupted" meets "Alice in Wonderland". It this first book is an indication of what is to come, I can only eagerly wait to see what else Ms. Green can come up with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rosiekay on April 4, 2011
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When I think of the Summer of the Frogs, the word that comes to mind is fascinating. I was drawn into the the main character's world and experienced what she experienced. It was hard to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading and find out what was going to happen next. At the end of the book, I still wanted more. This is a very good book and would readily recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KMFrontain on August 8, 2012
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This review is late in arriving. I bought The Summer of the Frogs a while back, but--as is often the case with me--I was not ready to read a novel of this sort. I will explain that.

The Summer of the Frogs is a veritable cloud of uncertainties with a bright ray of sunshine somewhere above the overcast sky. You can feel the glow as you read the novel. This is a first person story about a young woman with problems; most would say mental problems, possibly schizophrenic. One wonders, throughout the telling, if anything Claire experiences is real or not. Her problems start after she suffers a dog attack, but the dog may not have been a dog at all. It could have been something otherworldly. Then, while raving in her bedroom, bleeding from self-mutilation, Claire meets a man, Tommy, who may have arrived to finish her existence. But he doesn't.

The title is almost a red herring until you look at the book cover again after reading a certain small anecdote the protagonist relates about a park filled with artisans. The cover is art by the author. It's absolutely beautiful. I never fail to stare at it. And now attach this conception of artistry to the prose. That's Tressa Green's gift: imagery, some of which is pure poetry.

Ok, back to not being able to read this for a few months: it's mostly because I'm a rather linear sort of reader/writer and tend to choose action-filled novels, but The Summer of Frogs is a cloud of events. The author can leave you wandering in that cloud (which, I remind you, has a glow from that hidden ray of sunlight) and while you're in the cloud wandering, you're often musing on what you should think about the latest thing Claire said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caytlin Reese on December 7, 2011
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Summer of the Frogs by Tressa Green is a compelling and fascinating read. It focuses on the tale of a young woman who can see things, beings, and dimensions that other people can't, and the repercussions that spread through both her own world and the dark world of the other. She finds love (forbidden -- the best kind!), and danger, and it's a truly interesting story to follow.

The good: Green has amazing, beautiful descriptions. She is amazingly vivid, and she's able to describe someone's looks in detail without being repetitive or boring -- a feat in and of itself. The prose is wandering and it's not separated into chapters per se -- but this is perfect, because it suits the narrator's headspace very well. Tressa does a good job keeping us guessing at whether the narrator and main character is really seeing what she's seeing, or if she's really just as crazy as the rest of the people think she is. It's also nice to see a hero/ine without a lot of inborn charisma: she's often caustic, grumpy, and not quite able to connect herself into her own world. That doesn't make her any less compelling, of course: her strong emotions draw you in and make you want to find out more about her and her life.

The bad: the plot takes a while to really kick off, and it wraps up in a way that doesn't feel as...detailed, perhaps as the rest of the story. It feels a little sudden and a little haphazard compared to the beautiful wandering descriptions we've had of her journey through her world(s) thus far. But, then I also finished the book around 2 in the morning (I couldn't put it down), so that could also be me starting to fall asleep. But it's still an area I feel needs some work.

Regardless, it was a compelling, interesting read and I give it 4/5 stars. Any book I can't put down is a good one for me! Can't wait to read the next!
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More About the Author

Tressa Green is an author who enjoys penning engrossing character driven stories that focus on deeply human issues. Her highly unique writing style stands out sharply in the current market.

Bucking conventions in writing tickles her nearly as much as it does in life. One of her favorite responses from a stranger is "I wouldn't expect someone like you to have all those tattoos." Shattering stereotypes and living "outside the box" gives her the voice of experience when writing the outcast character many people can relate to.

Tressa is also passionate about art; a life-long love she pursued professionally with fair success for five years. Art continues to play a large role in her life today.

Currently, she resides as a full time writer in her beloved home state of Indiana with her husband, two of three children (one being grown), and her clutter of feisty felines.

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