summer is a time to grow
Polly has an idea that she can't stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She's setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it's going to take all of her focus. At least that way she won't have to watch her friends moving so far ahead.
Jo is spending the summer at her family's beach house, working as a busgirl and bonding with the older, cooler girls she'll see at high school come September. She didn't count on a brief fling with a cute boy changing her entire summer. Or feeling embarrassed by her middle school friends. And she didn't count on her family at all. . .
Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She wanted to be at an academic camp, doing research in an air-conditioned library, earning A's. Instead her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a sad lack of hair products.
It is a new summer. And a new sisterhood. Come grow with them.
Beth says 2 Stars...
I"m going to preface this review by stating that, as a general rule, I do not like chick-lit. I never have, and probably never will. That being said, I didn't particularly like this book. One of the biggest problems I had with it was the style. Brashares attempted to interweave the stories of the three girls into every chapter and it didn't work. The stories didn't feel connected enough to be lumped together into the chapters. The characters themselves were also problematic. They attempted to deal with deep issues; however, they were addressed in a very superficial manner. The one girl that I found most realistic and deep was Ama, the overachiever. Other than her, none of the other characters felt very real to me. Overall, the flaws in this book far outweigh and overwhelm the few virtues.