Monday, April 18, 2011

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Pages: 269
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenges: N/A
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.

Stars: 5/5
Cover: A-

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.

Lovely Line:
"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."

"Good call."
(Pages 106-107)

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.


  1. Okay so I never comment on reviews, but I had to this time to tell you that you chose my favorite passage in the whole book.

    Thank you for the lovely review.


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