The Summer List Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, 26 June 2018
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- Publisher : Graydon House; Unabridged edition (26 June 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1538516837
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538516836
- Dimensions : 16.76 x 3.05 x 15.49 cm
- Customer Reviews:
A luscious, haunting tale of grappling with the past...capturing the complexity and nuances of adolescent life.-- "Jennifer S. Brown, author of Modern Girls"
A poignant tale of mothers and daughters finding their ways home to each other.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
An evocative tale of family, first love, and the unique and lasting gift of a friendship formed in girlhood.-- "Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author"
Doan's characters leap off the page, believably struggling with the conflict between resentment and tenderness. With lovable characters and a scenic small town, Doan's pleasant mix of mystery and high school nostalgia will please readers who grew up with the novels of Judy Blume.-- "Publishers Weekly"
In her mesmerizing debut, Amy Mason Doan challenges everything we think we know about family and forgiveness. Readers will be swept up in this haunting story of buried secrets and lost love.-- "Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House"
With its exquisite detail, The Summer List wouldn't let me go, and the unexpected ending gave me chills. An irresistible novel of friendship and home.-- "Jennifer S. Brown, author of Modern Girls"
About the Author
Amy Mason Doan earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MA in journalism from Stanford University, and has written for the Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes, among other publications. She grew up in Danville, California, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. The Summer List is her first novel.
Kate Rudd, actress and Earphones Award-winning narrator, has appeared in several independent films and shorts, as well as in multiple episodes of the television show Perks. As an audiobook narrator she has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.
Sarah Naughton is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator and New York City-based actress, singer, comedienne, and voice-over artist. She began her work in the audiobook industry in high school, recording a few young adult titles with the Syracuse-based company Full Cast Audio.
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I felt this way with Laura and Casey. The characters are drawn so distinctly, they're totally unique yet relatable as is their friendship, the peaks and valleys of it, the coming of age aspect and how they revisit it all as adults. I can't describe it any better than I felt like I was in their skin, feeling everything they were feeling emotionally while having no idea where the story was going and dying to find out how the strands of every mystery come together: what happened to Laura and Casey's friendship? What happened to JB and Laura's romance? What happened with Casey's mom? And what's Laura's origin story?
It all comes together so satisfyingly in the end which is a true feat. So many times I read books where interesting character development and mysteries are posed but they don't come together for a satisfying ending. The Summer List beyond delivered, I loved how the characters developed, how they mysteries unfolded, and mostly I loved the feeling it left with me, where I thought about it long after I put it down and how the themes resonated with me.
The writing is beautiful, the pacing is great and the story flows seamlessly despite juggling a few strands (which engaged me even more, I loved how it went back and forth between them as teens and them as adults as well as the third leg of the mystery - it was all very easy to follow). I love a story where you're always guessing/wondering/being pulled along but you're also not thinking too much about what the ending might be because you're so emotionally invested in each moment.
What I also really appreciate and find admirable in the writing is the efficiency of story. It felt like there wasn’t a single word wasted that didn’t push great story and character development. A lot of stories can get mired in too much detail or backstory or purple prose, this never happened in this book, I always felt engaged, there wasn't a moment I could skim past. Sorry to belabor but it's rare!
However, in the end, I loved the book for how it made me feel. I cried at the end which I can't remember the last time that has happened to me after reading a book. It reminded me of one of my all-time favorite books Crossing To Safety - which I read 20 years ago but I remember that same feeling of being so deep in their relationship that I cried, missed the characters when I was done, but they and the themes of the story lived on with me for long time. Felt the same way about Casey and Laura and The Summer List.
Can't wait to have my book group read so can discuss it more deeply and to give it as gift to family and friends who love good summer reads and compelling stories of friendship and family.
This would be a wonderful choice for readers looking for a fast-paced, moving and clever story about friendship, lost love, and secrets. I really loved it and look forward to more books by this writer.