Despite her mother’s hesitations, Summer Everett has taken her father up on his offer to join him in France for the summer. Just as she’s about to board the plane, her cell rings and she debates whether or not to answer it. That’s where the story splits into two parallel worlds. One where Summer gets on the plane and heads off to France for an exciting time full of French food, French boys and French art, the other where she stays home in New York State with her ordinary life in her ordinary suburb.
Two Summers is a wonderful coming-of-age story about family, friendships and first loves. I liked how Friedman explores the complexities of the relationships in our lives, that things aren’t necessarily always black and white. The reader gets to watch as Summer learns things about herself and emotionally matures from her experiences.
I really enjoyed this contemporary novel with a sci-fi twist. Initially, I thought the story would fully play out in one version before going back and seeing the other timeline but in fact it actually alternates back and forth so that they are seemingly occurring concurrently. This format worked really well, as it was able to convey the idea that sometimes the decisions we make can affect situations but other times, the outcomes are inevitable regardless.
When I was writing this review, I found an alternate cover (possibly the paperback or UK version?) and I actually prefer this one more as it seems more reflective of what the story is about (even though Summer doesn’t actually stay in Paris), but it illustrates the premise of the novel more clearly, I feel.
Review: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5 /5 stars)
Available: April 26, 2016 (Paperback is available May 9, 2017)
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