Thursday, May 5

Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love. But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking…. 

My Thoughts: I was very very excited to read this one! We are introduced to Anna who lives on Dune Island with her family. She spends most of her time with her best friends Sam and Caroline. They have recently became a couple. Anna isn't interested in any of the local boys. How can she be, when she has seen them during their most embarrassing moments as children? She is independent and pretty much brushes any guys advances off.

Than comes along Will. Gorgeous and sweet Will. He isn't a local boy. He is from New York. His brother and mom came to the island for summer vacation. Anna catches his eye on the beach one day and he ends up asking her out a few days later. They start dating, and she starts to fall in love with him. The problem? He's leaving at the end of summer.

I enjoyed the dates they went on, the events they attended. I loved hearing about their time on the beach, seeing turtles, dolphins, etc. I also loved how she worked at her families ice cream shop so we got to experience ice cream flavors (made me hungry and craving ice cream during the book). I also enjoyed meeting Will's family and I adored his mom and his brother.

I really liked Will. I liked the way they were together, however I felt like I needed more depth. More depth to their relationship. I just felt like it was missing something. Yes, their was romance and sticky sweet moments but I knew deep down their relationship couldn't last past the summer and that made me sad.

I enjoyed reading Sixteenth Summer but it wasn't everything I wanted it to be. I would have liked to learn more about Will's life in New York. Who were his friends there, what did he do, did he have a lot of ex-girlfriends, etc? I felt like I knew lots about Anna but nothing about Will.

Overall: I liked Sixteenth Summer but I expected a little more out of it. I'd recommend reading this when your in the mood for sweet romance but not a lot of deep thinking.

Cover: Love the cover! Its pretty. The colors go together and I love the sand on the bottom of her feet. Definitely a summer book.

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Jennifer Rummel said...

This looks SO super cute!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sixteenth Summer was really cute! But that's all it was. Cute and fun and adorable. I think if we got to learn about Will's family and life, it would've been a more emotional read. Maybe that's why the author chose not to include it? I don't know...But I do know that it was a really cute read that I just melted into. It gave me a break from all the emotionally draining books that I've been reading.

Great review!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

It sounds like a cute, summer read! I hadn't heard of it, but I might give it a try!

mfay2 said...

I want this book so bad! It's my type of book!


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