Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Title: The Summer of Skinny Dipping
Amanda Howells

Pages: 295, paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Age Group: Teen
Pub. Date: 2010

Overall Rating:

Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.

My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything.

- Synopsis from Good Reads

The Summer of Skinny Dipping - Originally, I purchased the book only because someone tweeted that this book was so great, fine I went to the bookstore and found it. Come to find out the I had read the tweet wrong it was about a different book with similar a title. Nonetheless, I dove into this book shortly after buying and let me tell me I had the ride of my life as Mia goes through a path of self discovery.

Somewhere, many times, on that path, I shed a few tears. The ending will catch you by surprise!

Mia is recovering from a breakup when she takes a summer vacation to Indigo Beach where she has spent her summers in the past. Only now when she arrives things are different, people are not the people she used to know, everybody's grown up. Mia feels a pressure to fit in to the extent of almost going skinny dipping with her cousins who practice the activity. But, not too much pressure when she meets Simon, the guy who she can be herself with, slowly without realizing starts falling for him.... how will this summer romance end?

Let me tell you, it was aggravating at the beginning I wanted to swallow the story whole in one night. I was up until 2 p.m. reading this. The writing is just that good that you want to savor more and at the same time you want to take in all that you don't have anytime to memorize the moving lines and quotes. This story was deep and its the main reason that you want to read it, because you want to get to the bottom of the story.

Often, I was annoyed with how insecure Mia was that she couldn't find a place within herself to be happy. But, then again this was for a reason. Along the way, the story gains a slower pace and that's when I was shaking my head confused of where the story was going to go.

This went on..... and on...... and on..... I then got exhausted.

But, the ending won me back. You won't see that coming from nowhere, actually that's what I expected to happen all along, but I bet most readers won't. This story is truly, enjoyable I won't forget all the memorable quotes I collected while reading it. You'll smile one moment then you'll shed a tear. I'm warning you its a heartbreaking novel that can't you resist the tears!

Content Rating:

Twist Endings Face -
Rated PG-13 Young Adult

Content Comments:

This book is awarded the twist ending face for having a huge surprising twist that made the story extensively better. These twists make the book extremely more entertaining. They even leave you with your mouth wide-open. This book is appropriate for an older audience. The Summer of Skinny Dipping has a significant amount of tolerable references to sex, profanity, drugs and alcohol, and crude comments etc.

Plot: (9/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (10/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 45/50 = 90% = A+

Same old, same old.... I do however appreciate how the girl is running and in many aspects Mia is, so it has a feel of the book.

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