One of my absolute favourite things about this book was the fact that it had two parralel lives in it. A look into what would have happened to Summer if she had answered the call and what would have happened if she hadn’t. I love the idea that every choice we make can set us off on a path that may be different to what we’re expecting. That one of our lives is doing one thing and somewhere else, something else is happening to us. It’s such a wonderful philosophy. I also like to believe that no matter what happens, we’re always living the best parralel life. So being able to read this within a book was wonderful and really shows how fascinating it can all be.
France & Hudsonville
The two destinations of this book were both wonderful. Reading about the wonderful little village in Provence made me itch to travel in a way I haven’t wanted to travel in a long time. I loved reading about the bakery and the street with cute independent shops and reading about her visiting places. I loved that she was also travelling alone. It made the book have such a wonderful sense of adventure to it. On the other side of things, I also loved Hudsonville. I love that Summer spent some time exploring places in her home town that she’d never been to before and how it showed that you can find that wonderful feeling of adventure anywhere you are.
It’s not something I’ve ever studied and I’ve never had an expensive camera but I have always loved photography. I love moving my camera around until I get just the angle that I want with the right lighting and setting. So reading about all the photography in this book made me feel really inspired. It made me want to go be with nature and take pictures of my surroundings and just enjoy being at one with the world. I definitely will be doing some photography soon. I loved reading about it in this book and loved how vital a part of the story the photography became too.
Cute boy alert. No, seriously, cute boy alert. I really loved reading about Hugh in both timelines but I have to admit I preferred the Hudsonville timeline because of Hugh – and the bigger emphasis on photography. I thought Hugh was a wonderful character. He was full of possibilities and intrigue. He was cute, nerdy, loved writing and photography and just had a really sweet, sensitive side to him. Definitely a wonderful character to read about!
Lastly, but certainly not least because there were just so many wonderful things about this book to enjoy – there is Summer. Summer is a brilliant protagonist. She goes on a very big journey in the story and really goes through an amazing self-discovery. This book was a very intense coming-of-age story and I loved how Summer grew throughout the book in both stories. That in the end, no matter which path she took, she ended up as the same person at the end of it because it was just something that she needed to go through. And I really, really, loved that about this book. I also felt very emotionally connected to Summer too, felt her sadness, confusion, shock and happiness. A real treasure to read about.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
About the Author
Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children’s book editor, a job she still does, and loves, to this day! Aimee published her first novel, the New York Times bestseller, South Beach, in 2005, and is now the author of several novels for young adults, the latest being Two Summers. Aimee lives in New York City, where she can usually be found writing in cafes, window-shopping, or searching for the perfect iced latte.