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My Last Summer

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  14 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
My Last Summer is a young adult novel, a coming of age story, and a tale of east meeting west. Everyone has a dream, but some dreams might just break everything apart.

An 18 year old Taiwanese girl works in a restaurant in Taiwan's international airport, dreaming of escape, dreaming of flying to Hollywood, dreaming of becoming the most famous actress in Hollywood ever.

But t
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published June 25th 2011
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Dalya Moon
Jul 02, 2012 Dalya Moon rated it it was amazing
Here’s the thing.

Most YA books are written by adults. And a lot of the characters feel like adults, or cool hybrids of the adult writer mind and an imaginary teen character. Some of the teens act like they know they’re in a book.

My Last Summer is not one of those books.

It’s the kind of book where you think the author has sat down a real girl and thoroughly interviewed her … perhaps even done some sort of brain-scan thing, and you’re reading this character’s thoughts, and not the author’s.

The pro
Sep 22, 2011 TBV rated it liked it
Nice story. I actually give it three & a half stars (but Goodreads does not do half stars). The pace of the story is rock solid. It stays consistent like a heartbeat throughout, making it a steady read. I loved the narrative voice, it's as if I was having a conversation with the main character, or reading her diary.

The story is about a girl in Taiwan who dreams of being an actress in Hollywood. She works at a dive of a restaurant located at the airport with a manager who is, at best, a middl
Ben White
Oct 30, 2011 Ben White rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. Not that I expected to hate it or anything--perhaps I've just had poor luck with samples lately. Also I'm very picky. But this book struck a chord with me and kept me reading until the end, and I came away from it feeling satisfied. The main character has a sweet but strong voice that comes through well, although I felt that at times her swearing seemed a little out of character (I mean, far be from me to tell a writer how his characters should ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Tassia rated it really liked it
The best about it, is to notice the little mistakes, the bad decisions we make all the time, but just don't realize. There's so much to think about after reading this, that I can only thank the author, for making me wonder about myself, the way only good books can do.
Doug Solter
Dec 12, 2012 Doug Solter rated it really liked it
A funny, heartfelt, and quirky novel that reminds me of a good 1990's era indie film in tone, story, and point of view of its Taiwanese girl hero. A great read if you like something more character and setting driven, rather than plot driven.
Jan 24, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
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I have to admit, this book was odd; but the message was very good. I thought it was strange that no names were mentioned throughout the entire book. I think the way the story ended was good because it tied the whole book together.
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Kerem Mermutlu has worked as a bookseller in London, as well as teaching English as a foreign language in Japan and Taiwan. Kerem writes young adult fiction and 'My Last Summer' is his first novel. It's been described as 'a catcher in the rye for Asia' and is available in paperback and for Kindle and all other ebook formats.

His new novel 'Broken Yeah Wow' is a novel that revolves around blogs, cof
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“I work in a restaurant in an airport in Taiwan. I am eighteen years old and I don’t like my job because everyone gets on planes and leaves. And I want to leave too.” 11 likes
“I don’t know if it was just me making things up in my head but after the fear in their eyes had gone what replaced it was like a sad kind of wondering. A wondering of where the old me was hiding. A wondering about where the old me had gone to. It was like I had suddenly been taken over by someone else and they could see the old me had fallen away for good.” 4 likes
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