Description from the publisher through Netgalley:
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
The third installment of the Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) was so much fun to read. I listened to this on audio and I can’t wait to finish of the series. I love the characters so much and have no trouble envisioning the movie while I listen to this.
The girls in this novel are about to go to college and are experiencing their last summer before that happens. The is excitement and hesitation and an overwhelming sense of love and gratitude for the friendship that these girls have.
This is a sweet summery read.
I gave it 4 crowns.
After moving to a new city pretty much unwillingly, Paige decides that she has the unique opportunity to really work on the way that she views herself. Her secret passion is Art and she is slowly able to make some friends and open up to them about who she really is.
It is hard to put yourself out there to be judged by others and Paige takes a leap of faith and finds that it’s ok to take that chance.
The artwork in this graphic novel is beautiful. The images are a story themselves.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley:
Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.
Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.
I am working my way through Ann Brashares catalog of books. I listened to this book on audio and I enjoyed it. I don’t know if I would have liked it as much if I had read it in its’ physical form as there was a lot of jumping around from character to character and life to life.
The narrator is a memory that has lived many lives but remembers them all and in each one, is searching for its’ “soul mate”. It was a bit strange but it was written well and I did enjoy it.
I was a bit confused at times but I did think the plot was a true romance however,the ending was awful. It just stopped. I said aloud in my car, “That’s it?! How is that an ending?!” That was beyond frustrating and definitely impacted my rating.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel about a girl who becomes deaf and grows up as the only deaf girl in her class. She is embarrassed about the large hearing device with microphone that she has to use but then come to realize that it makes her a “superhero”.
This story was heartwarming and the illustrations were adorable. I highly recommend picking this up. This is based on the author’s life and slightly fictionalized.
I gave it 4 crowns.