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Last Summer

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The town of Yorktide, close to Maine’s beautiful beaches and the city of Portland, seems like the perfect place to raise a family. For Jane Patterson, there’s another advantage: her best friend, Frannie Giroux, lives next door, and their teenaged daughters, Rosie and Meg, are inseparable. But in the girls’ freshman year of high school, everything changes.

Jane always felt l
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 02, 2012 Trisha rated it did not like it
In the last 10 years I can name the 3 books that I have put down without finishing, thi si one of them. It was difficult to get into, I didn't like the characters, I found the writing style confusing. I don't mind an Author focusing on a character per chapter but she started with one ended with another, sometimes it was a journal entry. I did not like this book.
Aug 06, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
From the looks of the cover, I thought this book was going to be a nice beach read about a family or relationships. Needless to say, you really shouldn't judge books by their covers. This book ended up being a really serious story about a girl who is bullied and how her family deals with the aftermath.

Bullying has been a popular topic to write about, just like Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti, and it's definitely a very serious topic. In this story, Rose and Meg are best friends until Meg sp
Jun 25, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
I am giving this book two stars because it was easily read in an afternoon, but it was a pretty bland and stereotypical account of one of today's hot topics, bullying. First, this book is the afterwards..we don't see what rosie goes through, we just hear about it afterwards in diary entries as Rosie struggles with whether or not she should fogive her best friend for spilling the scret that she was a bed-wetter until fifth grade. Really???? In high school this would bother you that much? There wa ...more
May 30, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok
I really had trouble getting through this book and only kept reading to see if the girls that bullied Rosie felt any remorse or regret.
The book is supposed to take place in modern times, but it read as being from an earlier decade. I don't really know why I felt this, but it just didn't seem like Rosie and Meg were actually like any 14 yr old girls I knew or know.
I found the writing to be confusing, the story is told from the viewpoints of Rosie, her mother, Meg and her mother. I was confused
Aug 01, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
This was a slow read. I turned to my mother, who read it before me, and said about halfway through, "Is there a huge twist coming up?" Her negative response and look told me she felt the same way I did about the novel. It was just plain. There was not some huge breakthrough; I thought it was a bit flat.
Jul 05, 2014 Seana rated it did not like it
I would give this book zero stars if I could. Seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. EVER. A very lame lecture poorly disguised as a novel. Total garbage. Don't waste your time. Ugh. Oh, and NOBODY talks like the characters in this book. Not moms, not dads, and especially not teenagers. Brutal read.
Beth Zaleon
First book I have ever stopped reading part way through
Oct 20, 2012 Cindy rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, own, won-in-giveaway
I recieved this book from a giveaway.

Last Summer deals with bullying. Rosie's best friend, Meg, is tired of seeing Rosie get bullied and not stand up for herself. One day, Meg sees the group of girls that bully Rosie and, unbelievably, decides to tell them Rosie's biggest secret. The next day, everyone in school knows. Rosie is humiliated and stops going to school. She even goes as far as cutting herself. Now Rosie has to see a therapist every week. She is being told that, in order to cope with
Jul 26, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok
Last Summer has an interesting plotline. Two women, Jane and Frannie, are best friends and next-door neighbors. Their 14-year old daughters, Rosie and Meg, are also best friends since toddlerhood. When Rosie becomes the victim of bullying at school, things dramatically change in an instant. Meg betrays Rosie by revealing an embarassing secret to the bullies. The book shows how this incident effects not only Rosie and Meg, but all their family members.

I found Rosie to be really annoying - too swe
Oct 15, 2012 Darleen rated it did not like it
i hated the whiney, self righteaus (sp?), boring, crazy mother in this book, so it ruined the entire book for me. the book was written almost in a juvinile tone........i went back to make sure it was an adult novel......
Oct 13, 2012 Anne rated it did not like it
Felt way too much like author wanted to show off the research she did on bullying. Multiple characters quoting the same article while thinking to themselves felt forced and awkward. Dialog between the teens was super-stilted. Not a fan.
Montserrat Bouvier
Sep 02, 2012 Montserrat Bouvier rated it it was ok

Was fooled by the cover: thought it would be a light summer read but turned out to be about a serious and sad issue...bullying. Even though the message is strong, the characters were weak and the storyline not compelling. A disappointment.
Apr 23, 2013 Tammy rated it did not like it
Horrible. It read like an anti bullying brochure mixed with an after school special.
Amanda Hughes
Aug 23, 2012 Amanda Hughes rated it it was ok
I kept waiting for something exciting to happen in the book and it never did. You only hear about the bullying after the fact. Not a winner for me.
Jill Heather
Jul 04, 2012 Jill Heather rated it it was ok
It's a message book, with very overt messages and filled with infodumps. If I wanted to read what google said about bullying, I would use google myself.
Dee Scocos
Aug 08, 2012 Dee Scocos rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t
Read over half of book & could not finish. Too preachy !
Jan 30, 2013 Mindy rated it did not like it
Since I have nothing nice to say about this book, I am going to say nothing at all. :( Except, thank heavens it came from the Library and I didn't actually buy it!
Jul 16, 2013 Maggie rated it it was ok
Last Summer features Rosie, a teenager who's been bullied severely, cut herself, and pushed over the edge by the betrayal of her best friend, Meg. Jane is Rosie's mother, and feels guilty knowing the way Rosie was raised--sheltered and over-protected--was to blame for her inability to stand up for herself. Meg is trying to understand why Rosie won't forgive her after all of the apologies and countless attempts to fix her mistake. She is figuring out what she's going to do this summer without Ros ...more
Feb 09, 2017 Linda rated it it was amazing
I freely chose to review this book and I wish more reader's could read this! At this time, more and more children are bullied and some take their life, while others hide at home and cut themselves as it was the case with Rosie Patterson. Once her lifetime next door friend, blabbed a secret about her to the high school click girls, her life went down hill from there with teasing and insults. Meg Giroux only wanted to be in the click and didn't how Rosie's secret flew from her mouth! Too make it w ...more
Mar 21, 2017 Linsey rated it it was amazing
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Jan 11, 2017 Megan Simmons miller rated it it was ok
I had to read this book for a class I am taking and if it weren't required, I would have dropped it after the first chapter. While the message is important, the writing was horrible.
Oct 04, 2015 Dawn rated it it was ok
Last Summer is about a lovely, well-mannered, sensitive, and intelligent 14-year-old girl, Rosie Patterson, and her experience of being the victim of bullying at her high school by a small group of mean girls. It changes voices throughout so you get the inside perspective from Rosie and her mother, Jane, Rosie's best friend, Meg, and her mother, Frannie. You get the full story of what happened to Rosie through reading her journal entries and a lot of flashbacks while the others are mired in thei ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

I consider this book to be an easy "beach read." The book tackles bullying, which is so prevalent in the media right now. Fourteen year old Rosie is bullied at school and loses her best friend, Meg, when she spills Rosie's biggest secret to the bullies. Rosie's over-protective mother, Jane, shuns her best friend (Meg's mother), Frannie, in retaliation. I liked how this book showed that bullying affects everyone around the v
From the book synopsis:

"The town of Yorktide, close to Maine’s beautiful beaches and the city of Portland, seems like the perfect place to raise a family. For Jane Patterson, there’s another advantage: her best friend, Frannie Giroux, lives next door, and their teenaged daughters, Rosie and Meg, are inseparable. But in the girls’ freshman year of high school, everything changes.

Jane always felt lucky that she was able to work from home, to be there to nurture and protect Rosie. But has she been
Apr 25, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing
Last summer – A Read To Remember!

This novel centers on The Patterson family and The Giroux family; especially the mothers and daughters. Have the events in this story destroyed the relationship between the families? I hope you get a chance to read this book and find out for yourself.

Rosie Patterson and Meg Giroux have been best friends for a long time. They have lived next door to each other for years. Jane Patterson and Frannie Giroux also have been best friends for a long time too.

Over the yea
I really wanted to like this novel. Unfortunately, it was a struggle for me to finish this book. The characters felt flat and the plot was in-existent. Much of the story took place in the past and is being told to the readers through diary entries. Personally, I really dislike when authors use diary entries in stories; it rarely works. It only seems to work when the diary reveals lies that have been told, what a non-main character thinks, or is about the life of a related character that was aliv ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
Rosie Patterson Meg Gireux are best friends and neither see's what is about to happen during their 9th grade year. Rosie becomes the target of some bullies. These girls had never paid attention to her before but this year is different. The girl leading the group is Mackenzie Egan and she is out to make Rosie's life hell. As Rosie is bullied the emotional and physical toll reeks havoc on her friendship with Meg and her life in general. Then Meg does the unthinkable and betrays a most sacred trust ...more
Julie Barrett
Jun 28, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
LAST SUMMER Holly Chamberlin
This is a story about bullying and it's everywhere these days. The grandmother bus monitor in NY was bullied and when others found out, via YouTube, people around the world donated money for her and her cause to stop bullying.
Rosie and her family, mom and dad live next door to Meg and her younger brother and parents.
Rosie and Meg are lifetime friends but Meg to fit in socially at school told another female Rosie's secret and then everybody in school knew and everybody
May 29, 2012 Kelsey rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Rosie Patterson is the target of a bullying campaign at her school. What starts as just teasing from a group of girls, turns into full on abuse. The ultimate betrayal that Rosie receives is her best friend and next door neighbor, Meg Giroux, lets slip a big secret that is used to humiliate Rosie in front of the entire school. This pushes Rosie over the edge and into a downward spiral and ends with self-mutilation. The aftermath ends up tearing apart not only Rosie’s family but also Meg’s. Both f ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Corey rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2012
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Holly Chamberlin is a native New Yorker, but she now lives in Portland, Maine - the aftermath of stumbling across Mr. Right at the one moment she wasn't watching the terrain. She's been writing and editing - poetry, children's fantasies, a romance novel or two, among many other genres and projects - her entire life. She has two cats, Betty and Cyrus, and when she's not writing her hobbies include ...more
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