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Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life fr...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Hannah
Jul 30, 2011 Hannah added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this. The girl on my cover wishes she had your body. You're awesome.

The playlist:

1) Turn Up the Sun--Oasis
2) Island In the Sun--Weezer
3) Just Like Heaven--Gatsby's American Dream
4) Bigger Than My Body--John Mayer
5) New Soul--Yael Naim
6) Across the Universe--Rufus Wainwright
7) The Boys of Summer--The Ataris
8) Slang--Def Leppard
9) City Hall--The Fray
10) The Worst Part--Motion City Soundtrack
11) Time Won't Let Me Go--The Bravery
12) Hello Hellicopter--Motion City Soundtrack
13) No One's Boy-...more
Lyndsey
Family drama.

What is it about family drama that speaks to us all so deeply? I know why it effects me. As an only child, peace and quiet was the norm for my household. I craved the hug of an older sister or the pranks of a younger brother. Craved anything. Any new and exciting family dynamic.

So I wonder - is drama essential in a large family? Is it inevitable? I have recently been privy to some of the drama of my Dad's large yet scattered family. While I yearn to know what it is like to feel the...more
~Tina~
Hannah Moskowtiz debut novel Break is still one of my most unforgettable reads, so I couldn't wait to see what her next book would bring. Just like I expected, Moskowitz doesn't hold back the punches!
Invincible Summer is bizarre and real and an absolutely enthralling read!

I don't even know even know where to start. I don't even know how to describe this book.
This book is about a family and running away and standing still, and Camus and sex and sisters and brothers and growing up and the fear the...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Invincible Summer takes place over the course of several summers, during which the McGill family, not very put together in the first place, completely falls apart, only to reassemble itself entirely out of order, like a tile mosaic made out of pieces that don't quite fit together, in colors that don't quite match. When you think about it, the same happens to most families sooner or later, and therein lies the true strength of this book.


Invincible Summer is a quiet little book, a great example of...more
Phoebe
I hesitated a moment about whether or not to put Hannah Moskowtiz’ upcoming sophomore novel Invincible Summer on my recommended shelf. I had two niggling, persistent concerns with the book (which I’ll discuss a bit later) that nearly eclipsed my enjoyment of it. However, at its core it’s an emotionally effective, stirring read, told in a style that’s at times both nicely sparse and poetic. Contrary to the impression given by its cover, it’s a dark tale of familial implosion, and it takes some fo...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
(Actual Rating: 4.5 stars)

I turn around now, and see them laughing, but unlike Beethoven, I could already hear them. I always knew they were there. Behind me. Even this whole year, when I didn't see them, I always knew they were there.

The lack of surprise doesn't make it any less awesome. Because I get a different revelation now, better than Beethoven's. I'm in love. . .with my stupid, fallen-apart family.


Chase "Everboy" McGill lives for the summers he spends with his family in their summer home...more
Caris
I’m giving this book two stars.

I just finished and I think the ending was a horrible and unforgivable manipulation.

(view spoiler)...more
Cory
Feb 11, 2013 Cory rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People Who Love Sensitive Boys and John Green
Recommended to Cory by: Phoebe
Reread on 2/11/13: It didn't hold the same charm on my second time around. Possibly because I hated the way Noah and Chase treated Melinda, and desperately wished for her to become a fully realized character. Ah well, there's only so much you can do with 50,000 words, and Moskowitz's writing is so non-minimalistic and navel-gazey, I don't think I would've stood this out for 70,000k. It's rather odd, I like Looking for Alaska more every time I read it, though I dislike The Perks of Being a Wallfl...more
Steph Sinclair

NOTE: Please do not hit the spoilers if you haven't read the book. It will completely ruin the ending for you!

Summer.

It's the season of innocence, fun, laughter, all the things it means to live. For Chase McGill, summer is his constant in his ever changing life. When everything is falling apart, he feels he can always count on summer to be there. Taking place over four summers at his family's beach house, Chase finds that even his summers can not go untouched by change. It is during those summe...more
oliviasbooks
In short: I kind of liked the hero, but the family, especially the parents (so many kids but almost zero interest in them, plus "Dad hates Noah", the eldest ...), was so very weird and displayed strange dynamics. In addition the sad undercurrent carried the later crashing tragedy with it almost from the beginning like a slowly built-up tsunami which caused me flipping the pages with very little enjoyment. I am a hope-or-spark-of-hope-focused kind of reader. I need a healthy dose of it even in th...more
Lauren DeStefano
If you follow me on twitter or goodreads, it should come as no surprise that the author of this book is someone I consider my friend. We goof around on the internet and get spastic about things like mermaids and blue hair dye.

But here is the thing. If you do a little research into Hannah Moskowitz, you will find author photos and videos of a girl with random streaks of color in her hair and a hilarious twitter stream. Read her blog and you'll find a girl who knows the ins and outs of publishing...more
Nic
Incivible Summer is completely different from what I expected. When I look at the cover I think summertime fun, romance, a story told from a girl's perspective. But I couldn't be more wrong. Incivible Summer is a powerful and HEARTBREAKING story about family that really got to me.

It is told from Chase's point of view, the second eldest in a family of five children, over the period of four summers set at their beach house. Chase is an outstanding character. He is so well fleshed out. A character...more
Trinity
Argh. I have no idea how to rate this, the writing was great, it was all technically really good perhaps 4 stars? But the story, ouch the story what a horrible raw departure of innocence it feels like a bad taste in my mouth. Ack.

Later.

This book is the time you burst into tears when you realised that Christmas wasn't Christmas anymore.

This book is all those times you stood in the shower and poured over all your regrets. If only, if only, it didn't have to be that way, it shouldn't have happened...more
Beth
This book is sharp, beautiful and almost painful in places. It is the perfect beach read, not that it is light and fluffy (it isn't), but it gels perfectly with the feeling of being on the beach in summer.

I'm not quite sure how to approach this review without it devolving into a squee marathon, so let's separate off elements of this book and talk about them, okay?

The setting was one of my favourite things about this novel. Take it from someone who lives on the coast: H. Moskowitz has got it. I c...more
Isamlq
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Kay-c
Apr 02, 2011 Kay-c rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: faves
I’ve read some awesome contemporary book so far. And Yes, Invincible Summer is one of them!

I love everything about the book! I love Noah, Chase, Shannon, Bella, Claudia and even little Gideon!

This book is good at breaking peoples heart. And that goes also to its writer Hannah Moskowitz and now She’s on my list of favorite authors.

The book is about family.
Lose
Growing up
Running away
And Camus

Their family is not a perfect family but that’s what makes this book so easy to love and interesting. I lo...more
Aleeeeeza
I am SO torn over this one. Was it good? YES. Hell yes it was. But maybe just not my type of book... That said, you should TOTALLY give it a try. Because it's heartbreaking and powerful and (for the most part) so very realistic, and Moskowitz is an awwwwwwesome writer (as well as an awesome person, at least from what I can tell through her blog), and the whole sign-language stuff incorporated into the book was seriously a treat to read.

The only complaint I had was the enormous amounts of Camus p...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
I'm going to have to agree with the statement, "Not your typical beach read." In fact I wouldn't use the words beach read to describe this book at all. This isn't a fluffy mindless entertainment while you soak up the rays at the beach. This is a gritty and raw story of a dysfunctional family.

Hannah Moskowitz is a very talented writer, I enjoy her minimalistic style. And after reading and loving her debut novel Break, I was very excited to read her sophomore novel, Invincible Summer. Unfortunatel...more
Megan
I finished Invincible Summer a few days ago but have been sort of at a loss to explain how I feel about it while still remaining fair to the novel itself.

This book is a look at several summers in the life of two families who come to the beach every summer for a month or so at a time. It's told in a hazy, lazy sort of summery way from the point of view of one of the boys in a chaotic family. Everyone is slightly pretentious and quotes Camus a lot.

As a little bit of backstory, I was diagnosed wi...more
Vilda
Rating: 4.5
'"You guys do okay, though. I mean, he's happy. Playing with Bella and Shannon."
"He can't talk to them. We can barely talk to him."
"What's the point of talking?"
"We're talking right now."
"But we're not saying anything."'

Invincible Summer is such a hard book to review. It's beautiful, realistic, captivating and just fantastic. I absolutely love these more realistic contemporaries and this one was definitely not an exception. I was captivated from the first few pages and it was extr...more
Page (One Book At A Time)

I was expecting a type of beach read no matter what the description says. I was ok with emotional and maybe even a coming of age story. Because let's face it, summer can be that type of season. But, not matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get past some aspects of this novel.

I was ok with the time frame. 4 summer seasons and a lot can happen. But in all reality, it's the last summer that anything really monumental happens. Ok, maybe the very end of the 3rd as well...but it's the defying momen...more
Alyssa
Aug 31, 2011 Alyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Courtney Summers who want writing like hers from a guy's perspective.
Recommended to Alyssa by: Cory
~Invincible Summer: not your typical beach read, indeed. With its unfitting cover and delicate insides, this is a book to be taken seriously, and even if I have some very large issues with what lies at its core, do not mistake my ranting for dislike of the novel.~

This so very could have been one of my favourites. Everything I love about books – great main characters, family dynamics, friendships and “relationships” – was incorporated, tied up with the nice bow of stunning lyrical, minimalistic p...more
Lauren
Initial Thoughts after Reading:

I don't even know to say about this book... For one, it was amazing and full of raw feelings. It made me angry, sad, and happy among other things. I am not even sure how I exactly feel about it all. However, I do know one thing: Hannah Moskowitz is one heck of an author.

Official Review:

I have been hearing amazing things about Hannah Moskowitz and her books since her first book was released in '09, and while I even have that said book in my TBR pile, I had not read...more
Kristy
SPOILERS AHEAD:

#1: Shit damn! These parents pissed me off! Did you just have 5 kids so they could all watch each other and you two sit on your butt? God, I hate babies raising babies and that is the impression I got from this book.

#2: Poor Chase. This guy can just not win. Between his brother constantly running off, his parents getting divorced, Melinda basically forcing him to have sex with her, his baby brother dying in the ocean and being the string that holds his family together, I don't kno...more
Ashelynn
[Mind blowing. Will write review when I can think again.] Cross posted on A Gypsy Writer.

Oh. My. God. This book broke my brain. I recommend it to anybody who loves a good family story. So that blurb up there? Totally wrong. I'm not kidding--sure, there are some romantic interests in here, but it's family orientated.

And it's told from a guy's POV. The cover thinks "fun, summer romance." (Well, it made me think that.) It's not; it's a my-family-is-dysfunctional-and-I-need-to-keep-them-together-wh...more
Liz (Consumed by Books)
When I heard the words “beach read,” I tend to think of a light-hearted book that will make me smile without making me think deeply. Moskowitz’s sophomore novel Invincible Summer is a beach read in terms of its oceanside setting, but is also a novel that leaves readers with a lot to think about. This is the story of a family that is trying to say together as they grow older. While I didn’t connect with the plot one hundred percent, I found this to be a beautifully done work which nicely showcase...more
Amanda
I read this book a while ago and it's still stayed with me. There was so much depth to this book in the way the family members related to each other--the unofficial battle lines drawn, the way people are supposed to take care of each other, the prodigal son adored when he's around.

There's so much to love about this book...when you read it, it feels like you're sitting on a beach in Maryland. The beach is as much of a character as any of the people, and it works. Everything about it seemed real,...more
Cat Hellisen
Oh my god.

I feel like I've been punched and punched and punched until there's no way for me to even think about breathing,

Disclaimer: I know Hannah in tronspace, and I have read a few paragraphs, lines and snippets of this book. And I thought it sounded good, but then I am a little in awe of Hannah's talent, to put it mildly.

But I was not expecting this.

This book is awful. Awe-ful. Brilliant. Horrible and ugly and fucked-up and delicious and beautiful and painfully honest.

I hate writing reviews,...more
Emily
Wow. Shitdamn.

(I think those two words sum up this book perfectly, but if you want to read a full review go here.)
Emily May

This book is okay if you want 4 identical cheesy stories of summertime romance. Some people will love it undoubtedly but I got bored fairly quick.
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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. She was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. She is a student at The University of Maryland.

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