Each story is like a nicely wrapped gift. It's difficult to choose a favourite as all the stories are brimming with emotion or surprising twists or boEach story is like a nicely wrapped gift. It's difficult to choose a favourite as all the stories are brimming with emotion or surprising twists or both. This collection can offer something to everyone. Worth reading more than once....more
In the last book of the trilogy, the action moves from gnarly waves to restless hearts. After the action-packed first two books that were real roller-In the last book of the trilogy, the action moves from gnarly waves to restless hearts. After the action-packed first two books that were real roller-coasters of emotions, Ride does't disappoint either. The way Iris struggles with her decision to leave Zeke sounds real and heartbreaking. Her search of her true self and the road to realizing what she wants to do with her life were gripping from the beginning to the end.
I thought the characterization of Iris was beautifully executed. When she went through so much pain and guilt that I thought she wouldn't be able to take it any more, she picked herself up and went on to becoming an even stronger person. Something similar could be said about Zeke. Both of them learned that recognizing their frailty was what made them stronger, happier and more successful.
I liked the unexpected events at the end as they kept the story suspenseful to the very last sentence. There were so many great characters we had to say goodbye to with this book and I wish the series continued on. Alas, I'll just have to re-read it again and again for another dose of the authentic surfing slang and to 'meet up' with old friends from Newquay again....more
Growing up is not easy to begin with. Grieving for a dead brother and the loss of a mother makes it ten times harder. To make it harder still, Summer’Growing up is not easy to begin with. Grieving for a dead brother and the loss of a mother makes it ten times harder. To make it harder still, Summer’s dad decides to move his family to the other side of the world. Summer Jackman is brimming with sadness that slowly transforms into anger and resentment, but even when the emotions are at their ugliest, Emily Gale’s writing makes them beautiful. I was charmed by this story with its broken but loveable characters, with Summer who is stronger and more beautiful than she ever imagined, the ghost of her brother who is more full of life than some living characters are, with the annoying Sophie who is written in a way that one can’t but like her, and the mysterious Gabe who manages to pull Summer out of her black hole and back into the world full of promise, Aussie slang and sunny Christmases. I was surprised and delighted to find a bit of magical realism in this coming-of-age story. It made the real life aspects of the novel more poignant and the reading even more enjoyable. The language is refreshing, full of surprising yet spot-on metaphors. As with all Emily Gale’s novels, family dynamics are presented with remarkable subtlety and authenticity. After two young adult novels, The Other Side of Summer is intended for younger readers but Summer’s genuine teenage voice transported me into her world with ease despite my age. The novel is brimming with important issues, such as grief, loss, the importance of family and friendships, growing up, finding oneself. Emily Gale manages to write unforgettable prose in a way that reads effortlessly and stays with the reader long after. ...more