I stumbled upon this book when a friend of mine had brought a couple books and asked me if I was interested in borrowing some. Of course, like any bookworm, I thumbed through them all… deciding this is the one I wanted to borrow as I had seen The Summer List every time I walked into Shoppers Drugmart.
The Summer List follows two friends, Laura and Casey, who were once inseparable. Like any childhood/teen friendship they were always together, and knew everything about each other. Then one summer night, Laura is shocked when she finds out a betrayal that involces Casey and her mother. Laura flees to college early, and tries to erase her past life as Casey’s best friend. Seventeen years later Laura receives an invite in the mail, requesting her presence for a good old fashioned girl’s weekend. Laura is trepidatious, but decides to go. This staged girl’s weekend, turns into a scavenger hunt which ultimately pulls them back together.
My reading life needed a quick, easy, fun book… so enter The Summer List. And it was just that, a really fun read, but it was also a really sweet story. This is Amy Doan Mason’s first novel, and I really loved her premise. It jumped around from past to future, tying together the threads of the two girl’s friendship.
Where the book lacked in poetic prose, it made up for it through nostalgia. This book made me reflect on my friendships throughout the same eras, and it made me reflect on the memories I had with a certain bosom buddy! I think what is so special about a book is that you get to reflect on how it makes you feel, and the special meaning it has to you.
Anywho, if you are looking for a deep, introspective read, this one isn’t the book for you right now. BUT if you need something that is sweet, and easy to read, I’d say pick it up. I wanted to read it all day long… but two little humans wouldn’t let me do that!
Up next, Stephen King’s new one, The Outsider. King is legit a King, so I’m hoping this one is as fantastic as it seems so far!