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The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

May 27th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores June 1, 2010

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Descriptions from “Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I’m jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.
My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything….”

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Mia is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives she find her cousins distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever, until she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. And from the very first time he encourages her to go skinny dipping, she’s caught in a current impossible to resist.

I have to admit my expectations were probably a little high for this book based on reading the spiel that came along with the book.  It was a sweet story as we see Mia have to deal with what she thought was her first love and loss.  She heads to her cousin’s beach house in hopes of being able to recover from her heartbreak and reconnect with her cousin who was at one time more of a best friend but is now someone she doesn’t even recognize.  The cast of characters were interesting and they face pressures that many teenagers have to deal with nowadays.  The romance between Mia and her neighbor, Simon, is sweet but did not really draw me in.  So in the end I did not feel the emotional investment you would hope for at the end of summer.  Still a sweet summer read.

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