ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . . ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . . When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue — but nothing is as it seems. In both summers, she will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. What may break her, though, is a terrible family secret, one she can't hide from anywhere. In the end, it might just be the truth she needs the most. From New York Times bestselling author Aimee Friedman comes an irresistible, inventive novel that takes readers around the world and back again, and asks us what matters more: the journey or the destination.
Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sea Change, The Year My Sister Got Lucky, South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and Breaking Up. Born and raised in Queens, Aimee now lives in Manhattan.
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More than 1 year ago
This book “Two Summers” is about a girl named Summer and has two decisions. She could either stay in New York with her mother, Aunt Lydia, and best friend, Ruby, or she can go to French country side to be with her father, Ned. This book shows both decisions that she made, to show what would happen from either side of the story. The book changes from place to place in each chapter. She is in France in one chapter, then in New York the next.
This story consists of Summer being in two places and discovering shocking news. In both, France and New York, she finds a person she can talk to through the summer. In New York she has some twist and turns with Ruby, and in France she meets a rude girl named Eloise who lives in her dad’s house, with one of his painters, Vivienne, that live in his summer house. She goes through a lot in this one summer, of what was supposed to be an “amazing summer”, and she finds out news that will change her life forever.
This is a book I would read over and over again if I would have the time. I would recommend this to any person that likes a story that changes in emotion in a very quick way. This was an amazing read, and I hope you like it as well.
More than 1 year ago
This was like my fav book when i read it and i strongly recommend it to any teen. I personally liked this book because it was so realistic and modern so i could really like conect to the character. Definately 5 stars!
More than 1 year ago
When Summer’s phone rings seconds before she’s ready to board a plane to spend the summer in France with her father, it all comes down to whether she answers it or not. This story is based on that split-second decision. We get to see both sides of Summer’s decision. On the one hand, she answers the phone… on the other, she ignores it. Fun, right? It sure is!
I really enjoy parallel universe stories, especially when they’re contemporary reads. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, but having this interesting aspect to an otherwise realistic story is definitely my jam. I thoroughly enjoyed Summer’s two different paths leading her to completely different conclusions.
There was a lot addressed in this story, mainly family and friendships. I really wasn’t a fan of Summer’s BFF in this story. She kind of rubbed me the wrong way more than once. I think her “mean” feelings and actions toward Summer are somewhat realistic though, so I was able to look the other way and even accept where she was coming from… but she didn’t didn’t go about it the right way. I did, however, love the family parts of this story. People aren’t perfect, and I liked how the horrible mistakes people make can change their life, as well as their family’s, in more ways than one. People make mistakes, some times pretty bad ones… but it’s life, and life goes on. Dealing with those mistakes isn’t always easy, but sometimes you’re forced to deal whether you want to or not. Summer had a few different things she was forced to deal with, one major thing above all others, and the inner growth and understanding needed to overcome these obstacles was impressive.
I would definitely recommend this to readers looking for a light, fun, entertaining read. With the travel aspects mixed with the young summer romance scenes, this is sure to be the perfect beach read for this summer. Travel, summer, sun, some real-life teenage drama, and a whole lot of laughs. This read has it all!
(Thanks to Point for the review copy!)
More than 1 year ago
An unexpected phone call at the airport forces Summer Everett to make a split second decision. Should she answer the phone? Should she get on the plane?
One decision will lead to two very different outcomes as Summer's choices play out in parallel worlds.
In one world Summer ignores the phone call and heads to France as planned for what should be a perfect trip. Summer is thrilled with the chance to catch up with her dad and get to see his portrait of her hanging in a fancy gallery--all while enjoying the beautiful French countryside.
In the other world Summer answers the phone and her plans are ruined. No trip to France. No time with Dad. Just three boring months off from school in her same old small town. She has the chance to take a photography class for the first time, but it's hard to think of that as anything but a consolation prize.
Neither outcome is quite what Summer expects.
In France or her home town Summer will find unexpected surprises and growing pains, along with the promise of first love and self-discovery. Each vacation will also bring Summer closer to a shocking secret whose revelation will have lasting repercussions regardless of Summer's initial choice. Some decisions might lead Summer to the same outcomes in both worlds, but it's up to her to decide what shape her life will take from here in Two Summers (2016) by Aimee Friedman.
Two Summers gives readers the best of both worlds in this two-for-one story of one (or perhaps two) pivotal summers.
Summer is a smart, authentic narrator who learns a lot in each plot whether its how to stand up for herself in France or how to appreciate her own artistic abilities in a photography class at home. Throughout the novel Summer also learns how to be alone and how to step out of her comfort zone. Sweet romances and well-developed characters round out this charming novel that brings the lazy heat and possibility of a long summer vacation to life.
Careful plotting allows readers to watch both timelines play out in "real" time with little nods to the dual narrative which help to bring a cohesive quality to the overall story. The idea of causality and that some outcomes are inevitable is another interesting thread throughout as Two Summers builds toward a satisfying conclusion for both plots. A great summery story and a delightful introduction for readers hoping to give time travel and parallel worlds a chance. Highly recommended.
Possible Pairings: Parallel by Lauren Miller, Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols, Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young, The Square Root of Summer by Harrier Reuter Hapgood, Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, Pivot Point by Kasie West, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
*An advance copy of this title was acquired from the publisher for review consideration*