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Last Summer

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  163 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Last summer was a vacation island, beachgrass and plum, sunshine and sand...Last summer was a million laughs...Last summer a pretty blonde girl and two carefree, suntanned youths nursed an injured seagull back to health...Last summer, too, they befriended Rhoda, a shy young girl with trusting eyes...

Let the reader beware. This is a shocking book - not for its candor and d
Paperback, 170 pages
Published 1969 by Signet (first published 1968)
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Feb 14, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ed-mcbain
Reminiscent of The Stranger by Albert Camus. The idyllic summer vacation for three teenage sociopaths is remembered by one for the good natured antics of the trio which turn cold and brutal. Sandy, the girl, is more familiar and experienced with sex than the boys, or so she would have them believe. The two boys, David and Peter (the narrator of the story), are virgins and still unsure of themselves. They are no longer children and not yet men, but must be concerned with manhood. In the hot sun, ...more
doug bowman
May 28, 2012 doug bowman rated it it was amazing
I had enjoyed this movie on late night tv, finding the antics of the characters to be a nice bit of mischief. The book, however, portrays them as a bit more sociopathic and by the end of the story, they are not very likable. In fact, their cruelty to the troubled character, Rhoda, rendered them reprehensible.
Helen Azar
Jun 23, 2010 Helen Azar rated it it was amazing
Once again, Hunter (aka McBain) steps into the very dark realm of human nature. But if you like to read these types of books occasionally, Hunter is your man!
Joseph Schlesinger
Aug 09, 2011 Joseph Schlesinger rated it it was amazing
The classic coming-of-age story (& a damn good movie, too)!
Jul 16, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing
I was obsessed with this book in high school. I just re-read it and it still holds up as a chilling book. Reading the sequel next, for the first time.
Oct 23, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
The book is deceptively simple, reminiscent of the sort of books assigned to honors English student in 8th grade and not read by anyone else, but it is also really effective.

Most authors these days start where this book ends, saturating the reader with angst and brutality on every page, wallowing in desensitized "realism" and achieving nothing.

This is the most depressing book I've read in a long time. It's anti-cathartic and masterful in its tension. I do, however, find myself wondering how it
Camille H
Sep 16, 2015 Camille H rated it liked it
Shelves: dark
Well that escalated quickly
Apr 05, 2011 Gaile rated it really liked it
Shelves: mass-fiction
A movie was made based on this book first published in 1968. I read it soon after it was published. A group of mixed up teens on vacation on Fire Island gang up on one of their own and urged on by a more daring girl rape one of them. The main character is in therapy and his is the main voice in this novel.
The movie I thought was badly casted and badly acted.
May 01, 2009 Marsha rated it it was ok
Depressingly sparse book about teenage alienation among the wealthy and privileged on a thinly disguised Fire Island in the summer of '69. Not Hunters best.
Aug 15, 2008 Julielenore rated it it was amazing
I would love to find a copy of this book or see the movie that was made based on the book. I read it 10 years ago and still remember the story quite well.
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Better known by his pseudonym Ed McBain.

Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.
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