2012 Southern California Book Festival, Honorable Mention recipient
From award winning author, Elaine D. Walsh comes an introspective and emotional novel with vivid characterization. This insightful, nostalgic, and witty story follows the lives of three teenage girls as they 'come of age’.
I certainly commend Walsh on her characterization. Normally when I read a book in two days, I am not that impacted by characters at all. However, Atomic Summer is an exception. Each character evoked different emotional responses from me. Faith's character was eponymous of her name. She is a loyal Catholic, and though she tries her best to uphold morality, she is often gullible. There are times when I feel so sorry for her when she cannot int...more
This caption definitely attracted my attention and I believed many others. I knew I want to read this book.
The story is mainly told from two point of view, Faith & Octavia, about the lives of the 3 girls. I wouldn’t called them best friend because Bernadette apparently had a character which made most people dislike her right from the start. Faith is one of the pretty and holy girl who had no flaws and is so innoce...more
This is the second time I write this review, so I don't think it would be as good as the original because I am a dork and I happen to delete all my novels by mistake yeah I am a dorky....
My professor said once about a novel that is it enlightening novel. I feel this way toward this book. However it is not a boring book. It is not just a book; it is a book about real life, about war, love, faith, loss, dreams, some may...more
The three girls who are the main characters of this story are sixteen when the story begins. Bernadette is the spoiled, self-centered daughter of a Southern Belle wannabe who has changed her name to Savannah and r...more
Author Elaine Walsh paints a vivid image on each page through a detailed depiction of character and setting in this 50s coming-of-age tale.
The experiences, dreams, and fears of the cast of young teens will hit home with readers who have lived through the same exploratory—and sometimes confusing—period in their own lives. I could easily relate to the characters and even recognized specific traits in a few of my former school friends! Emotions run the gamut in this tender...more
The story opens in 1973 with a brief flashback from Faith, who is one of the main characters. She is traveling back to her hometown for a reunion where she will be reunited with her girlh...more
While this book is about three sixteen year olds, it really isn’t written for...more
Twenty years later, Faith and Octavia recount the summer of 1953 in a small town in upstate New York that was a turning point in both of their lives. Faith’s boyfriend Allen is seemingly repulsed by her, and she can’t figure out why. Octavia is the wall-flower who doesn’t have the confidence...more
I am teetering between 4 and 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, even though I put it down a couple of times for lengthy periods. It reminds me of 'Stand by me' and similar books. All the characters are ordinary people you have met whilst growing up, but they all have complicated lives and backgrounds at the same time.
I particularly liked the character of Octavia and the dynamics between her, her family, friends and the community.
I expected to read about Allen and Faith falling in love, then he wou...more
Most of the characters in this book revel in the we are getting out of dodge and see the world thought patterns, yet as so often happens of course, the ones who squawk the loudest are the ones who stay all their lives.
The story could have actually been based on rea...more
I found so much tragedy in the book; ho...more
From the title I really thought there would be more background on the cultural effects of the cold war and the fears of the bomb on society. In fact it is really centered more on the girls curiosity about sex and their conflicting gu...more
I will mention that the book was free on Amazon.com. I guess you get what you pay for.
Nimitz Highway and River Street is an intersection on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It is also the place I impatiently came out of the womb ready to start my own personal history. Plan A was the military vehicle whisking my laboring mother toward the bas...more