Monday, May 2, 2011

Review: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Published by Simon Pulse
Date Published: April 19, 2011
Rating: 4/5

Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....
I just want to start off by saying, despite the bikini clad babe on the cover and the somewhat misleading summary, this book is not about love. At all. It is about a family dealing with real problems and sticking together through the tough times. I won't sugar coat it either. This book is happy, sad, uplifting, and depressing. But isn't that what family life is all about? This book is just straight up real. It's about a family.

Now that we are passed all of that, I can tell you that I really did like this book. It's the story of a family over the span of four summers on vacation at the beach. They have been going there all their lives along with another family, the Hathaways. The is kissing, sign language, fighting, and even heartbreak.

At points in the story, I felt the characters were weird in their own way. Young Claudia cursing like a sailor and acting all slutty at age 12, Noah being okay with Chase and Melinda's fling, etc. But it didn't bother me that much. It's the family's story that keeps you reading in this book rather than the characters, which is totally okay!
Favorite Passage:
"Once, when she was reaching for the gummie worms, and I was going for the wax bottles, the inside of her wrist touched the top of my hand. I got an erection immediately. It was horrible. I had to serve the next set of customers with my crotch pressed against the cash register."
In the end, it's not all sun tans and ice cream cones. But a broken family finds true solace in sticking together when all else seems lost.

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3 comments:

  1. I loved this book, quirky, dysfunctional family and all. What a great review. Said perfectly! And it's quite ironic that for this family during the ice cream cone summers is when the really bad stuff happens.

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  2. I have to admit, the bikini cover kind of turned me off. But I'm so glad Invincible Summer turned out to be good! I love books about family. :)

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  3. I'm not a fan of this one. The constant quoting, and main protagonist irritated me. I think i'm the minority though, most reviews I've read praise it.

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