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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: The Summer of Firsts and Lasts

Title: The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Terra Elan McVoy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Book: Galleygrab

"Three sisters. One life-changing summer.

Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They’ve been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla's last chance. 

Violet isn't much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn't real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk...even though James is completely off-limits. 

Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated?"

This book is filled with sisterly love, fights, and drama. For me this book started off slow. It took a while to learn from each point of view of the sisters. I like that the reader gets to read about the sisters from not only themselves, but from each other as well. At times if can be confusing with all the point of view switches, but it was smoothed out.

The storyline got confusing while reading. Mainly because of the point of view switches. The reader switched pov's many, many times. It was Calla, then Violet, then Daisy. It always switched. What was confusing is because of the constant switching you had to really stay with the storyline in order to figure out  where you are at. If you got lost somewhere then switched to another pov, you basically confused until you backtracked where you got lost.

I like that in the book, the sisters not only fought, but needed each other as well. It showed how strong the sisters could be if they relied on one another and help each other out. I loved seeing them be there when one got in trouble, had a heart break, or even volunteer to beat someone up.

This book had lots of first experiences and last experiences. In the end, the sisters learn the greatest lesson of all. That they loved and needed each other. I adored the friendship and seeing them grow. It was a great book filled with love, heartache, and a strong sisterly love.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I loved the strong relationship all three sisters had too. I haven't read too many books that focus on family like this one. Great review Savy :)

  2. Thanks for the review ... Hop, added to my wishlist ;) !! Perfect summer read ;) !

  3. I really like that this one is about a sisterly relationship, but it does frustrate me when there are multiple POVs and it doesn't smoothly translate from one to the next and I end up getting lost. Still sounds like a great story despite the confusion though:)

  4. Sometimes a multiple and switchable POV flows and sometimes not. I'm still glad that you really enjoyed it and the message of the book. I think this is an interesting concept for a book. Not too many on sisters.

  5. Ah! A book about sisters and love! Since I am the oldest of 5 sister, I definitely need to read this one, though all those POV changes might irritate me, just like my sisters usually do.


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