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Belle's Book Club: Summer of Skinny Dipping...

Hey everyone

Next up in my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series I'm sharing - Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells


Synopsis (via Goodreads

 There Are Some Summers You'll Always Remember

Sometimes I 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 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.

My Thoughts

I stumbled across this book whilst looking for books that were set in the Hamptons (I am obsessed with that place - my life will not be complete until I have summered in the Hamptons!) and thought I would give it a go - it sounded like a great, light, easy summer read.

And somewhat sadly that's all it was to me. I found it to be a nice easy read - not particularly engaging or inspiring but it passed the time. 

I found that the most interesting aspect of this book was the family dynamics that were explored - I enjoyed seeing the cousins grow closer as the story progressed. Likewise I liked reading about how the protagonists relationship with and opinion of her mother changed over the story - I found it really heart warming. I also liked the moral of the story - as slightly cliche as it was - that the cousins learnt from each other and found that the grass wasn't greener on the other side as it turned out.

I thought that the relationship between Mia and Simon was really sweet and so cute! New love tinted with new discoveries and adventure - a tad risque if you ask me - I mean I wouldn't just casually go skinny dipping with a guy I had only just met like Mia did but heyho maybe that's just me :P 

The only issue I have with their relationship was the whole bullying father issue - I didn't really see the need for it - I don't think it added much to the story apart from being a dragged out explanation as to why the ending occurred to make it seem more plausible. 

I absolutely hated the ending - I thought it was uncalled for and a little bit of a cop out to be honest! I felt like after all of the build up the big event wasn't explained fully and I just felt a bit disappointed and confused about it all.

All in all I would say that it was an 'alright' read.

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo