Monday, April 18, 2011
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Across four drama-drenched summers at his family's beach house, Chase tries to come to grips with his family's slow dissolution while also finding himself in a chaotic love triangle, pitted against his own brother in pursuit of the girl next door. Invincible Summer is a gritty, sexy, page-turning read from a talented teen author that readers won't want to miss.
I didn't really know what this book was about before reading it. All I knew was that Zoe loooooooves this book, and looooooves Hannah Moskowitz. So needless to say, I had very high expectations of Invincible Summer. Hannah Moskowitz met those expectations a thousand times over.
I was expecting a light fluff read because of the cover, but this book proved to be anything but. It was gripping, dark in some ways, and extremely entertaining. I read it in nearly one sitting.
Invincible Summer held my attention the entire way through, and I loved how it was told by being divided up into four summers.
There was a lot of character development throughout the book. I feel like all of the characters changed, but not necessarily all of them for the better.
Hannah Moskowitz made all of her characters relatable and realistic. I felt myself sympathizing with some part of all of them.
I liked that Chase had a younger brother, Gideon, that was deaf. It was a nice, unique touch to the story, and I've never read a story with someone who was deaf in it.
Hannah Moskowitz's writing has so much depth to it, and she writes a really intense, gripping story that's hard to stop thinking about. She has a real talent for making people shed a tear with some parts of her story, and bent over, laughing, in other parts.
The ending was heart-breaking and tear-wrenching. I never cry from reading a story, but Invincible Summer made me shed a tear or two.
As I'd mentioned above, I think the cover is a little misleading, because upon looking at it, you don't really think the story is going to have a ton of characters with a bunch of problems in it. I do think, though, that by having a cover like that, it makes the story have a bigger impact on you, because you're not expecting it.
Needless to say, the cover is beautiful, and it really draws you into the book.
"Primary language spoken at home." Noah makes a face. "What does this mean? Our primary language? Gideon's? That's sort of why we're here . . ."
"Um, it's under family, so I'm guessing ours?"
"Well . . . " Noah lowers his pen. The paperwork has defeated him. "What's our primary language?"
"English? ASL? Physical affection?"
"Food?" Noah says.
"Food's a good guess."
He picks up the pen. "I'm writing food, comma passive aggressive."
The Final Verdict:
Please, do yourself a huuuuge favor and go buy yourself a copy of this book now. I've had it sitting on my TBR shelf for a couple of months now, and I can't believe it took me so long to start it! I really hope that you don't do the same thing I did, and that you jump right into it.
FTC: Borrowed from Zoe.