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The Last Summer (of You and Me)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  27,247 Ratings  ·  2,396 Reviews
Riley and Alice, two sisters now in their twenties, and as fiercely different as they are loyal, have spent every summer at their parents’ modest beach house on New York’s Fire Island. Each year, they return to the house and community they have known since they were children—and to Paul, the boy next door. But this summer marks a season of change: budding love and sexual i ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published June 6th 2007 by Riverhead Books (first published 2007)
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Rekha
May 19, 2008 Rekha rated it did not like it
Shelves: adultfiction
The characters in this book all annoyed the crap out of me. I love you! I hate you! I love you! And hate you! It's a thin line between love and hate, yes. It's also a thin line between me reading this and barfing. They all deserved each other, which was the saving grace of it all.
Kricket
Jul 30, 2007 Kricket rated it it was ok
I'm only halfway through with this but I already have some thoughts:

1. If this had come out while I was in high school, I would have LOVED it. You would have seen me clutching it all moony-eyed for days. So when the reviews say that this is for the fans of the traveling pants series who are all grown up now-- no, I don't think so. I think it's for the young ladies who are just getting into the traveling pants. I like to think that I'm still in touch enough with my 16-year-old self that I still l
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Elizabeth
Mar 14, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
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Christina
Jun 24, 2007 Christina rated it it was ok
This is the author's "first adult" book following her string of "Traveling Pants" novels for young adults. It's about three people -- two sisters and their next-door neighbor -- and summers spent living the island life. Riley's the older sister, outdoors-driven to the point where she eshews "normal" relationships and activities with which others her age are consumed; Alice, her amazingly beautiful, selfless and smart younger sister; and Paul, the rich, semi-tortured (as all stereotypical rich ki ...more
Winna
Apr 04, 2010 Winna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mellow-books
I cannot stop raving about this book. To me, this book is a gem that holds a special place in my heart, because it is very perspective, raw with emotions, and just the right book I've been looking for.

I am officially in love with the very mature way Ann Brashares explains her story. The plot, to me, is very simple, the way I like it - nothing overly dramatic, everything falls in place naturally. I love how the author knows each character perfectly - we can't just imagine how they look, but also
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Kimberly Russell
Aug 10, 2011 Kimberly Russell rated it it was amazing
This might be the hardest review for me to write. I hope someone reads it. :)

When people ask me what my favorite book is I always say Pride and Prejudice, and that isn’t really the truth anymore. The truth is that The Last Summer (of You and Me) is my favorite. It has been for years.

I love Elizabeth Bennet dearly but Alice is where it’s at for me. I want to be her. She’s so kind and gentle and lovely. I love the dynamic between the three of them. I want to run to Fire Island and find my own Pau
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Cheri
Jul 30, 2008 Cheri rated it did not like it
Eh. Definitely a light and easy read. I found her writing style somewhat annoying. I feel like she was trying too hard to be philosophical or sound intelligent. She's big on using contrasts. Over and over. She would write things like "She didn't know if he needed more or less of her. Maybe neither. Maybe both. Maybe it's always both." It got tiresome. I also had trouble feeling for the characters. Probably because I thought how they handled the situation was completely not believable and totally ...more
betti
Mar 30, 2011 betti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
After reading this book, I'm just wondering why didn't I read this before ! It has been really long since a book had obsessed me to the point I can't stop reading it, and I can't stop thinking about it.

It's the story of two sisters, Riley and Alice and Riley's best friend, Paul, they have known each other since years. 3 years after their last meeting in their beach house, they're all grown-up and some relationships have changed... But then something terrible happens.

I only put 4 stars, because
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Leah
Jul 18, 2007 Leah rated it really liked it
Good book. A tear-jerker.
Laurel Osterkamp
Nov 04, 2007 Laurel Osterkamp rated it really liked it
The Last Summer (of You & Me), by Ann Brashares (the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series) is an adult novel which tells the story of three friends/siblings: Paul, Riley, and Alice. Each is in their early twenties, and like the generation they belong to, they’re still on the cusp between childhood and adulthood, trying to figure out who they are and their relationships with each other and the rest of the world.
Riley is especially immature; at twenty-five she still makes a
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Emilyandherlittlepinknotes
Is the plot really important in a book? Maybe for some readers it is, I usually expect a great plot from a crime novel but most of the time what really matters to me is the atmosphere, the dialogue, the overall feeling that a book is able to convey in my day.

I will soon turn 29 and I haven’t read the sisterhood series by Ann Brashares yet, I recently read The Last summer (of you and me) and I loved it (literally couldn’t put it down).

A brief regarding the plot: the book takes place in Fire Islan
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Sara
Sep 16, 2007 Sara rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: hmm...tolerant fans of the sisterhood series?
Quite a disappointment for me, as I've really enjoyed Brasheare's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' series. Or at least the two that I've read. I have a high tolerance for frequently trod tropes if a) I really like the characters (for whatever reason) and 2) the writing is engaging and surprising. Unfortunately, the main characters make me want to hit them over the head with very large bricks - over and over again and I felt that I could see the plot turns coming several chapters ahead of time. ...more
Syndi
Jan 13, 2017 Syndi rated it it was ok
this book is dumb and shallow. i know this book is intended for YA. but this must be the dumbest plot i ever read. i literally have to skip many pages and after 50%, i just wish i can skip this book and put it on forgotten shelf.
Angie
Feb 11, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns
In anticipation of Valentine's Day, I cast around for a good Retro Friday book to review. I wanted one with a compelling romantic storyline, but not one that was necessarily primarily focused on the romance. You know me. Then I remembered this beautiful book I read, oh, almost four years ago, and it struck me as the perfect one to highlight today. I never hear very many people talk about it as anything other than a beach read (at best), and I wonder if it just flew under the radar a fair bit or ...more
Danielle McGregor
This was a 'nice' book. I liked the characters but didn't fall in love with them. The story was easy to read but provoked no real thinking. A quick summer holiday read.
Adrienne
May 25, 2010 Adrienne rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this story on one hand I really enjoyed it but on the other it annoyed the hell out of me to the point where this could have been quite easily discarded and casually noted as DNF.

First off it's marked as adult...but it's not, really the only reason that it's been given that tag is because there is some love making and that is the only reason. Secondly the characters are all very immature for their ages (early to mid twenties) I don't know whether thats an accurate ref
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treehugger
I have to admit to really loving the traveling pants series, and so I was WICKED excited when a local bookstore had a HUGE sale and I could nab this book at 1/2 price. I sort of horded it for a couple of weeks and waited to read it. The cover was so inviting, I couldn't resist today, the second sunny, warm day of spring here in Asheville.

So...I started and finished it in the same 24 hours, if that tells you anything at all about it.

I didn't love the beginning, the characters were way too messe
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Aug 01, 2012 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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I found this book at the library few days ago and I was so happy about it. I've read Ann's My name is memory book and I really loved it. Unfortunately the same didn't happen with this book.

This book was such a cliche! From the title you can guess where this story goes and then when you read you have the whole picture, except the end. As always you have three best friends - two sisters and a boy. After growing up together their lives divide. Few yea
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Paula
Jun 22, 2008 Paula rated it liked it
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Lara
Sep 25, 2008 Lara rated it did not like it
What an unbelievable disappointment. For those who don't know, Ann Brashares wrote the YA series The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which I loved. How is it possible for the YA series to have been so delightful and the Adult novel to be so forced? I found the writing stilted, the character development weak, and my plot expectations unfulfilled. I read 113 pages before accepting the fact that it wasn't going to get any better. I skimmed the last half of the book just to see if anything else a ...more
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Ayant lu toute la série de livres Quatre filles et un jeans, j'étais très curieuse de voir si ce roman me plairait autant que la série qui a fait le succès de cette auteure. Si ça allait autant me toucher, même si j'ai vieillit depuis le temps où j'ai lu la série. Une chose est certaine, le résumé me plaisait déjà beaucoup.
Alice et sa soeur Riley sont de retour à leur maison de vacances sur la plage pour y passer un autre été, mais cette foi
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Patricia
Jan 01, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at the library off a display featuring "Bildungsromans" which, a helpful sign explained to me was: "a novel about the early years of somebody's life, exploring the development of his or her character and personality." God, I love librarians. Who knew that my favorite type of book actually had a name? And such a fun one.

I was also interested in seeing how Brashares fared writing adult fiction. Sometimes the transition between Young Adult and Adult Fiction *ahem, Judy Blume,
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Ilse
Mar 31, 2009 Ilse rated it liked it
This book has about 270 pages. Until page 133, what you get is a description of the character by way of stories on their past together. You really get to know the characters and the way they relate to each other. It's a bit a slow part, but nice to read though. The second part of the book is the sad part. You see the relations getting worse when one of them gets sick. And you hope that everything will be alright in the end... (I won't tell more, because I don't want to spoil).
All in all, this bo
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Anna-Liisa
May 16, 2009 Anna-Liisa rated it it was ok
I first saw this book at Costco and since I had really enjoyed the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books by the same author, I was tempted to buy it. I resisted and made a mental note to get it from the library another time. Well months later in the UK I happen to find it at the library. This was pretty remarkable. I don't mean to trash the Plymouth library system, but it is nothing compared to the Salt Lake County system! Needless to say I was excited to finally get to read it.

The book starts
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Mitch
Sep 10, 2011 Mitch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up "The Last Summer (Of You and Me)" by Ann Brashares right before a long car trip and read most of it on the 3 hour ride. At first I had high hopes...but VERY quickly this book that had full of potential goes down the poop tube and becomes a big, fat DUD of a novel.

The story is simple: two very different sisters grew up in New York City and spent every summer at a quaint island home. Now in their twenties, Alice wants to grow up and be a lawyer while her older sister Riley seems stuck
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★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★
Book begins with our 21-year-old heroine named Alice sitting barefoot in the midday sun, waiting for the ferry that will bring a mercurial and beloved childhood pal back to Fire Island. Paul spent his summers there next door to Alice and her older sister Riley, forming a triumvirate that shared growing pains, fears and hopes for the future. His wealthy but wayward father, who named him for Paul McCartney, died from a drug overdose when the boy was very young. Now, his beautiful Italian mother, L ...more
Chelsea
Jul 20, 2008 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Other reviews I had read of this book sort of put it down because they didn't feel like it was an "adult" enough novel. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the author, she wrote the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books and this was her first adult novel. Perhaps it is because I am the same age as the main characters in the book, but I thought it was a wonderful story. However, for people who are older than me, I think it is still enjoyable because it has the ability to take the reader ba ...more
Sarah Beth
Aug 07, 2011 Sarah Beth rated it really liked it
I loved this novel.The novel cycles between two sisters, Riley and Alice, and their longtime childhood friend, Paul. While there was something truly tragic about all of the characters, how they yearned for dreams they couldn't attain and emotions they couldn't express, I got really caught up in the love story between Alice and Paul from the beginning. I was heartbroken by Riley's plight, although I felt like she was the least developed of the three main characters thus it was easiest to see bad ...more
Amanda McGill
Jun 18, 2014 Amanda McGill rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I didn't really know what to expect going in. I was hoping for a light, summer read for the long weekend and The Last Summer delivered. I flew though the novel and I enjoyed the language that Ann Brashares used. However, I found that I didn't relate to the characters and I didn't like Alice and Paul and their relationship. There was so much unsureness about their feelings for one another. At the beginning I was rooting for them to get together, but by the end I just wanted them to get together s ...more
Sheryl
Jun 20, 2008 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sheryl by: Angie
11/12/08
I never read (or saw the movie) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants... but this book came highly recommended to me by my friend, Angie. I just love a good "summer-beach-friendship triangle" read. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume was one of my favs...so we'll see how this one goes!

11/13
Okay... so I am really pissed off right now... I was reading some reviews on this book and came across one that someone named "Jami" did not click the spoiler button (but instead typed in SPOILER - but you could
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
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