The Summer of Firsts and Lasts

Author:  Terra Elan McVoy                  
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Pages:  423
Genre:  Young Adult
Source:  Purchased

Goodreads:   Three sisters. One life-changing summer.

Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They’ve been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla’s last chance.



Violet isn’t much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn’t real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk…even though James is completely off-limits.



Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated? 



Ope’s Opinion:  This is a very good book for young adults.  The language subject matter, characters, and the characters reactions to situations were all appropriate.

                                      The story took a little while to get into.  Meeting a lot of characters at the same time and trying to keep them straight took some concentration.  Each chapter was from a different sisters perspective – that part I enjoyed.  It also keep the reader informed and moved the story along at a nice pace.

                                        I am sure most anyone could relate to at least one of the sisters.  Each one had a distinct personality and voice.  Watching them relate to each other seemed very realistic.  There is nothing like a sister relationship.  I liked that McVoy showed different sides of the sisters relationships.  

                                       I think my only real complaint was that each sister had two or three nicknames.  That didn’t really add to the story and sometimes took me a minute to figure out who they were talking about.

                                      I would definitely allow my teen to read this book and I have had two teens.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.





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