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The Last Summer (of You and Me) Hardcover – June 5, 2007

3.6 out of 5 stars 188 customer reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; 1st edition (June 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594489173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594489174
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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So it's going to sound like I didn't like this book, and the thing is I did... BUT there were a few things that just really bothered me!

First, the whole book, basically, is based on this tension between Alice and Paul. The tension is a nice effect, but it makes no sense! There is no reason for it! Alice and Paul both admit to themselves that they love each other, and they both want to be together, and yet they both deny themselves the pleasure for reasons we are never told. Paul it just mean to Alice the way a third grade boy is mean to a girl he crushes on, and Alice just takes it as normal behavior. What? I found myself wanting to give both of them a good shake! Why doesn't Paul just hit on Alice? Why doesn't he just kiss her? Ask her on a date? Why is she off limits? The forbidden fruit thing only works if there's a reason it's forbidden.

So without giving anything away, I will tell you that just as the above conflict seems to work itself out, and you think, okay, so the characters are actually starting to act like you would think people would act, they go and act even more crazy! Would you just stop talking to someone you are madly in love with because someone else told you to keep a secret from them? NO. It seems to be through this entire story Brashares has her characters doing things that advance the plot, but doesn't take into consideration that in "real life" no one would act that way. It's just very frustrating to read!

I am giving this book three stars, though, because despite what I have said if you can get past that stuff, the book is a page turner. I kept reading because I wanted to find out what was going to happen, even if I was annoyed with the characters. Also, I like the fact this book was in my demographic - I'm 26 and it's hard to find good reads that aren't YA, are smarter than chick lit, but aren't targeted at an older audience. Upmarket fiction about twenty-somethings is almost impossible to find.
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