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Still Summer

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  2,168 Ratings  ·  382 Reviews
From Booklist Family tragedies are Mitchard's stock-in-trade, and here she adds a suspenseful twist. Friends since childhood, Tracy, Holly, and Olivia charter a private yacht for some girl-time R & R, bringing along Tracy's 19-year-old daughter, Cammie. Manning the vessel are two Virgin Island residents: Lenny, the captain, and Michel, his mate. Just as some mounting m ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published August 23rd 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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Apr 06, 2010 julia rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
I'd give it no stars if I could. I didn't read this book exactly, as I had it on audiobook. I listened to it on the way to my sister's house.

This was a horrible book. The author got so caught up in the description at times that I forgot what the point of the whole scene was. There was too much profanity and ugliness in a book that sounded like it would be a good chick book. Four friends get together for a cruise, one can't make it so they take the 19-year-old daughter of one of the others instea
Aug 31, 2012 Patty rated it liked it
I've met the author of this book and she's a nice person but I'm afraid my review is lukewarm at best. I really liked Deep End of the Ocean and haven't read anything else she's written except her column in the local paper. This book gets off to a slow start. I almost gave up because I really wasn't getting into it. Then when the action started when they were on the boat and bad things kept happening I REALLY got into it and could NOT put it down. Here are these three friends from high school wit ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenny by: Bestseller List
After reading Cage of Stars by Jacqueline Mitchard and not being able to put it down, I had very high expectations for this book and Jacque. I found the beginning painstakingly slow and the character set-up confusing, trying to keep everyone straight. Although the plot did get better, with more suspense and action, I found it a little disappointing knowing what the author is capable of. I was just hoping for more...
Jun 24, 2010 Jo rated it liked it
Wow, I really had to stick with this. I wasn't particularly sympathetic to these characters. But they were caught in circumstances beyond their control and that I could respect.
I will never take a vacation on a small sailboat. And what was the obsession with the can opener? It read more as a screen play than a straight up novel - popcorn and twizzlers anyone?
Oct 17, 2015 Sharron rated it it was amazing
Once I got the multiple characters straight, I totally loved this novel. It was suspenseful and captivating. I cried and held my breath with the tension. Excellent!!
Jul 09, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
Still Summer is by Jacquelyn Mitchard. This is a very suspenseful adventure book. It deals with how women relate to each other and how they react to adverse conditions. It brings up piracy and drug smuggling as well. It is set in the Caribbean around St. Thomas and on to the coast of Honduras. It takes place on the Opus, a sailing vessel for hire.
Tracy Kyle, Janis Loccario, Holly Solvig, and Olivia Montefalco have been friends since school days. They tried very hard to be “bad” girls in their C
Nancy Wieme
Mar 03, 2017 Nancy Wieme rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down. A tweet asking to describe the book you are reading in 3 words had me pondering what to say as I had just started this book... I wrote: "Babes in Boats" "Lost in Paradise" and "Beware of Pirates" ALL of them were RIGHT! I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. GOOD ONE!!
Elizabeth Sulzby
Mar 09, 2013 Elizabeth Sulzby rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I just read (or reread) this book without putting it down. I may have read it during a stressful period before or maybe I had just read a summary of it. I like the other books I have read by Jacquelyn Mitchard. I found this a very well written book but one of the scariest I have ever read, given that it isn't in the magical/vampire fiction category. The relationships among the 3 women and 19 year old adopted daughter of one, Camille, the daughter of Tracy Kyle, as they take what should have been ...more
Jul 14, 2009 Ashlee rated it it was ok
Easy read - read it in one day BUT left me feeling very irritated with myself for staying up late to finish it! I thought it was going to be a story about friendship and adventure (and of course a deep dark secret was going to be revealed) but, it was pretty much none of those things. The secret was a no brainer from the get go,the "adventure" and explanations (or lack there of) for how it all tied up was ridiculous, and there were so many characters introduced that were never really developed t ...more
Lee Ann
Aug 15, 2009 Lee Ann rated it did not like it
I liked The Deep End of the Ocean - I thought it was well-written and it drew me in. Still Summer reads like a rough draft, a very rough draft, lots of dialogue added here and there and nothing ever edited out. Ms. Mitchard wasn't able to put two thoughts together in a coherent way. The conversations these women have while they are undergoing attacks, starvation, and death are incredibly inane. I kept thinking it would surely get better but it got worse. I skimmed through to the end, not able to ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by this book; I had higher hopes for it because I really liked her book "Cage of Stars" a few years ago. As a copy editor I can say that I think this book needed some major editing before getting published. It was hard to keep all of the various characters straight; the narrative at times was confusing, abrupt, and random with boring details that didn't really matter; certain elements of the plot were really unrealistic; there was an unnecessarily high amount of profanity and ...more
Nov 26, 2008 JoAnn rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-read
This had to be one of the worst books I have ever read. I've done some sailing in the Caribbean, as these four friends (and a daughter) were doing, and their actions defy reality. Not one thing rang true -- not the scenario, not the dialogue, not the emotions, not anything. It was so bad that I couldn't continue reading it, skipped to the end to see what happened and called it good. Well, I really called it bad. Don't read.
Melissa Kayden
Feb 02, 2011 Melissa Kayden rated it did not like it
Terrible book. I had loved Mitchard's other books, but this book was poorly written, the characters were not likable, and the plot was so far out there and unbelievable, I couldn't stand it. I should have quit in the middle when I knew it was bad, but I finished it anyway and was disappointed from beginning to end. This book was a FAR cry from "The Deep End of the Ocean" - not even comparable.
Jun 13, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
I hated this book when I started it. The first couple of chapters were awful, overly descriptive to the point of making little to no sense, but once I got past that and boarded the boat with these ladies I was hooked. I could not put it down and was glad I chose not to.
Mar 23, 2013 Dana rated it liked it
Good book, I was just hoping for a better ending.
Julie Lizcano
Apr 15, 2013 Julie Lizcano rated it really liked it
This is a great modern day story about three women who take off on a sailboat cruise to the Caribbean. They fight storms and battle the elements and pirates.
Jun 05, 2017 Janet rated it liked it
I liked this book. I struggled to get into it, but did enjoy it.
Mar 21, 2017 Cathi rated it really liked it
I read this book 6-7 years ago, great beach read or rainy weekend.
Dec 12, 2009 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I listen to an audiobook, I have found that I really need all elements to work together in harmony for me to stay focused on the story. Still Summer fit the bill perfectly for me as it had elements of romance, action, and an emotional storyline that had my eyes tearing up at the end. The story begins as four friends plan on renting a yacht for a tropical vacation, with the most strenuous work planned being to put a lawn chair away at the end of the day if necessary. Olivia, Tracy, Holly, an ...more
Chad Sayban
Mar 29, 2011 Chad Sayban rated it did not like it
Shelves: avoid, own, home-library
Tracy Kyle, Holly Solvig and Olivia Montefalco, lifelong friends in their early 40s, charter a yacht and two-man crew for a sailing vacation that will take them from St. Thomas to Grenada. The trip starts out as an innocent adventure in paradise until two accidents in quick succession strand the women without their crew. What else can go wrong? In a word, everything. The engine conks out, the sails are torn, lack of electricity spoils their food and limits their drinking water - and then there's ...more
Rosina Lippi
Feb 04, 2010 Rosina Lippi rated it really liked it
I think of domestic drama (as it is sometimes called) as the genre that-dare-not-speak-its-name, because it flies under the radar of the litcriterati. A genre written mostly by women and read mostly by women -- one that doesn't get trivialized or bashed (for the most part) -- that's something to nurture. The bigger names (Jodi Picoult and ELinor Lipman, for example) get serious reviews in the big name places. And that's good. In fact, that is excellent.

Jackie Mitchard is one of my favorites in t
Feb 15, 2017 Terri rated it really liked it
I read this entire book in one day. That proves two things...either I had nothing to do or the book was so fascinating, I couldn't put it down. This story starts out as a typical book about old friends who come together years later and discover something from the past. But that is where it changes. The women have been taken on a cruise on a luxury sailboat. It seems like a great way to catch up with each other's lives until one small thing leads to another and disaster strikes.
The women are in
May 29, 2010 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 29, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
This was my first Jacquelyn Mitchard read. It took me about 70 pages to get into it, especially since I found the very first chapter confusing because knew the basic premise of the book. As it turned out, I had to re-read this first chapter later on to understand the entire story flow. After that initial disenchantment with the story line, I connected with the flow and the characters, and found it difficult to put down. The story eventually hooked me and I enjoyed the adventure and suspense of t ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
A week-long trip on a luxury yacht seems to be a perfect summer vacation get-away for friends Olivia, Holly, Tracey and Tracey's teen daughter, Cammie. Olivia has just returned from Italy after the death of her much older husband and the friends hope the trip will help Olivia deal with her recent loss. On board the women are pampered by Captain Lenny and his helper, the young and handsome Michel. Cammie and Michel are instantly attracted to one another and begin a tentative romance. Their innoce ...more
Until the action began, when the women finally get out sailing, I was really struggling to keep with it. Glad I stuck it out because it did get quite good. This book is an interesting mix of chick lit kind of girl-drama and suspense/ adventure.

Very good read, but minus one star for the slow beginning and a few areas that could have been tied together a little more neatly.

I read this via audiobook. As the reading most definitely affects the enjoyablility of a book, I feel it only fair that the r
Aug 20, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, audio, fiction
I listened to this on audio and while it wasn't the best book I've ever read, nor the worse, it kept my interest. I found myself wondering whether or not the four would be rescued, hoping they would be, and speculating on how they might be found. The scenes with the pirates were very well done, suspenseful, and among the best in the book (I thought the outcome would be different.) Also, I know very little about boats and sailing, but it seemed as if Mitchard either did considerable research into ...more
Aug 24, 2007 Lucy rated it it was ok
From the author of The Deep End of the Ocean, Still Summer examines what happens to the bonds of friendship between four old high school buddies when they take a summer cruise together in the Caribbean (actually, only three do, one gets stuck home taking care of her wimpy husband so one brings along her stunning, adopted 19 year-old daughter) that goes horribly awry.

I'm critical of several parts of Mitchard's story. I like the idea of examining what everyday people might do and become under ext
Mar 23, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the characters in the book and how they are interacted with each other. Tracy, Holli, Janis & Olivia have such different personalities, but they seem to complement each other-- except for Olivia. I was appalled at her. They're all starving on the yacht and anxiously hoping to be rescued, and Olivia is secretly stashing power bars all for herself-- along with other selfish things. I had a hard time comprehending how someone could be so obnoxiously selfish. The fact that Tracy slappe ...more
Oct 13, 2007 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I haven't read any other Jacquelyn Mitchard books, but I think this must be a departure from her other works based on the comments from other reviewers here and in the Table Talk discussion she joined a few weeks ago. Because reviews were lukewarm, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I liked it. I think jumping into the middle of the story might have been a better way to start the book, and some of the structural/plot stuff could have been smoother, but I thought she did a good job with tone and a ...more
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