Review: Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

Synopsis

One decision can take your life in a totally different direction.  When Summer doesn’t answer one phone call, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, to stay with her dad.  In the other, she remains home, taking a summer photography class.

But both summers lead to love, self-discovery and uncovering secrets from the past.

Initial Thoughts.jpg

This isn’t quite Sliding Doors caliber parallel universes but its cute…

 

Review

First, I love these storylines, the idea that one decision changes your whole life.  I don’t know if I believe that its true, but this is a book review, not philosophy so…  I was a little worried that reading about parallel lives might be difficult, but it wasn’t at all.  It certainly helped that the setting was different and the characters were different, but the author did a good job of making it very clear which “Summer” was telling the story.  I felt like Summer was a good character, it seemed to me that that would certainly be how a 15-year-old would think.  I was a little disappointed with the side characters.  Summer was well developed but I can’t say the same for the supporting cast.

The plot was as expected, though I did like the whole family secret twist.  I didn’t see it coming right away, which was also nice.  Though it was a rough one!  I also liked the storyline about Summer and Ruby drifting apart, very real.

I have to be honest that the romance(s) were not my favorite part.  I think this was mostly due to my earlier complaint about side character development.

Overall: 3

Bottom Line

This is cute, but something was missing.

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