The Last Summer (of You and Me)

The Last Summer (of You and Me)

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From the New York Times- bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares comes her first adult novel

In the town of Waterby on Fire Island, the rhythms and rituals of summer are sacrosanct: the ceremonial arrivals and departures by ferry; yacht club dinners with terrible food and breathtaking views; the virtual decree against shoes; and the generational parade of sandy, sun-bleached kids, running, swimming, squealing, and coming of age on the beach.

Set against this vivid backdrop,  The Last Summer (of You and Me)  is the enchanting, heartrending story of a beach-community friendship triangle and summertime romance among three young adults for whom summer and this place have meant everything. Sisters Riley and Alice, now in their twenties, 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, a world from which their summer haven can no longer protect them.

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. With warmth, humor, and wisdom, Brashares makes us feel the excruciating joys and pangs of love--both platonic and romantic. She reminds us of the strength and sting of friendship, the great ache of loss, and the complicated weight of family loyalty. Thoughtful, lyrical, and tremendously moving,  The Last Summer (of You and Me  is a deeply felt celebration of summer and nostalgia for youth.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9781594483080
Characteristics: 306 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 30, 2017

personally, i think this book is a bit too much for young readers. i would recommend this book to ages 14+, but overall it was great🙂

May 26, 2015

I thought this book was great! I have not read her other works but this was a great page turner that really pulls you in. It had some sad parts but it's still a great story. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a nice summer read! I'd give it five stars!

LPL_MollyW May 20, 2015

I’ve never read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, but I randomly picked up The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares and it's a favorite. For me, it's a perfect beach read.

This novel had a lot of the elements that I love in fiction. It has a dual structure, in which an author weaves together the past and the present to create a a fuller story. It has childhood friends turned lovers, which is my favorite type of love story. And it has a strong, emotionally complex relationship between sisters.

I really recommend it to fans of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep, Laura Moriarty’s The Center of Everything, and Summer Sisters by Judy Blume as well as for readers who discovered the hidden gem of a book April & Oliver by Tess Callahan.

loonylovesgood Aug 08, 2013

This was ok. I think Ann Brashares's style of writing is more suited to young adult novels, though.

Jul 11, 2012

Disappointing. The characters weren't very likeable, and the plot line was depressing. Not the fun "beach read" I was hoping for.

Jul 02, 2012

A good read, but not as good as her other work. The book doesn't explain actions and motivations of characters as well as many other stories. Good summer book read.

spomincica Aug 09, 2011

The story was OK, and it was a quick, mostly sweet story about two sisters and their friend; except for the fact that too many pages were spent on sex.

Jul 18, 2011

A great summer read for the cottage! I got pulled into the lives of the characters as they lived through that summer on Fire Island and the following months.

Jul 13, 2010

A quick and altogether engrossing summer read. Very enjoyable, but not quite as affecting as Brashares' Traveling Pants series. A solid adult novel debut.

Feb 09, 2010

I loved this book and read it very quickly as it retained my interest from page to page, chapter to chapter. The only thing I wanted to mention is that the dialogue is totally unrealistic... They say things that you wouldn't normally say in a conversation. I often had to re-read dialogue between characters to assure I had a full understanding of what they meant or what the hidden message was behind their words.

But all in all, it was an amazing story! I can't wait to read Ann Brashare's future Adult Fiction novels!

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Aug 30, 2017

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