Set against this vivid backdrop, The Last Summer (of You and Me) is the enchanting, heartrending story of a beach-community friendship triangle among three young adults for whom summer and this place have meant everything. Sisters Riley and Alice, now in their 20s, have been returning to their parents' modest beach house every summer for their entire lives. Petite, tenacious Riley is a tomboy and a lifeguard, always ready for a midnight swim, a gale-force sail, or a barefoot sprint down the beach. Beautiful Alice is lithe, gentle, a reader and a thinker, and worshipful of her older sister. And every summer growing up, in the big house that overshadowed their humble one, there was Paul, a friend as important to both girls as the place itself, who has now finally returned to the island after three years away. But his return marks a season of tremendous change, and when a simmering attraction, a serious illness, and a deep secret all collide, the three friends are launched into an unfamiliar adult world.
Ann Brashares has won millions of fans with her blockbuster series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, in which she so powerfully captured the emotional complexities of female friendship and young love. With The Last Summer (of You and Me), she moves on to introduce a new set of characters and adult relationships just as true, endearing, and unforgettable. Thoughtful, lyrical, and tremendously moving, The Last Summer (of You and Me) is a deeply felt celebration of summer and nostalgia for youth.
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"Ann Brashares' new book, The Last Summer (of You and Me), will delight all of her Traveling Pants fans, now grown-up and ready for this very adult novel of love, loss and the beauty of intense family bonds." (Anita Shreve)
"Ann Brashares has written a glorious novel of unrequited love, longing and the meaning of friendship in The Last Summer (of You and Me). She weaves a tale full of delicious plot twists and revelations that will surprise and enthrall you. Riley and Alice are sisters, their relationship is as potent and complex as the real thing. Funny, deep and true, this one will keep you reading long after the sun has gone down." (Adriana Trigiani)
This is a sweet story that will grab your heart if you've ever lost a loved one, been in love or been loved. I openly cried in parts of this book. There is a lot of detail and in the beginning it seems to be too mch, but by the end, it is so appreciated. I love the narrator, she has the heart and soul to deliver this very powerful book as I believe the author meant for it to be delivered.
This is one of those audiobooks with which a monumental amount of concentration is required. Brashares has written a beautiful, sweet story, but it moves very slowly in parts and the reader, who is perfect for this story, uses a gentle tone in which to tell it. I listen primarily in my car and found my mind drifting often with road distractions, simply because the pace and tone are slow. But that is not to say that the story is not wonderful. I loved this story very much -- my only advice is to force yourself to focus so you are not constantly rewinding to listen to missed paragraphs.
(I believe the other customer review posted here may be in error -- this is not a time travel story, nor are there any castles and it is entirely set in the USA).
The only reasons for which I've made it halfway through this book are a very long drive and the fact I paid money for it.
The first 3-1/2 hours contain no plot, nothing to grab you, just a drawn-out, monotonous repetition of two sides of an (immature) post-adolescent crush. At about the 4-hour mark there is a hint that that there might actually be a plot developing. I am compelled to finish it only because I hate to give up on any book, (and because I still have to drive back). I'm writing this review now because regardless of whether the pace picks up, nobody should have to sit through 4 hours of agonizing drivel just to get to where the story (might) actually start to get interesting.
This is the first book I could not finish. Very disappointing! My first book by this author and honestly it was torture. I found myself fast forwarding through most of the book waiting for something to grab me but... I will try again.
What a thoroughly delightful story, and a very engaging reader, which makes the story that much more a treat to listen to for a journey both back in time and to a foreign land. Having been both to London, Wales and Scotland, I easily pictured the crag and the many well tended castles, and now have a lovely fairy tail to go with the breath taking scenery. I intend to look for otherbooks by this author. You will NOT be disappointd,
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This is a good book, but not for the young children. There is romance, life and death in this coming of age story.
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