- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Published: May 10, 2022
- Paperback: 320 pages
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.
They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.
Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.
For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.
When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.
Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.
I devoured this book. I hope Carley Fortune keeps writing because I will read whatever she writes next.
This was a book about teenagers and consequences and moving on. It’s writing with a split timeline. “Now” (when they are adults) vs their teen years.
The thing I loved about this story was that it didn’t try and make the teenagers ultra aware of life and how the decisions they make can have lasting consequences.
Sure, there was one character who showed restraint, mostly because he was worried about what a change in relationship would do to the friendship. But overall the storyline was about enjoying each moment, raging hormones, enjoying the sunshine, spending time in and around the lake, working shifts in the restaurant, all blessedly before technology took over the teenage life.
I was immersed in the story, despite working out early what the twist would be (I am really starting to hate that – but now look at it as ‘I know what’s going to happen, let’s see how the writer creates the twist’). I loved the nature elements to the storyline. The relationships between the boys and their down-to-earth Mum. I loved the quirkiness of the main character’s parents. I loved how bookish the main character was, and even though she was an only child, pretty and spoiled by her parents, she wasn’t written off a spoiled brat. Indulgent maybe, but not that bitchy cliché.
And now? Now I’m off to find a lake house in Canada for either a writing retreat or a full time abode.
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