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Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
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Mar 15, 11

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Read from March 13 to 15, 2011

REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED http://hobbitsies.net/wordpress/?p=2868

First off – the cover and summary of Invincible Summer is totally misleading. Melinda (who I assume is the girl on the cover) certainly plays an important role in the story, but nothing is more important than the family itself, and I don’t really think that’s accurately shown in the cover. I do like the cover though – it’s very simple, and I like that, but I wish it reflected more of what the story is really about.

But seriously, in any case, – Invincible Summer is unbelievably stunning. There’s so many characters and threads of stories and the author manages to weave them together so beautifully. There’s not a whole lot of time for us to get to know these characters – the novel takes place only during the summers at the beach house and a lot can change in the time in between, but I finished the book feeling like I spent every single summer living in that house with them.

Hanna Moskowitz’s writing style definitely added something to that feeling. Sure, teenage boys being able to recite these incredibly complex and profound quotes isn’t all that realistic, but there was something just so poetic and beautiful about it and I loved it so much. I thought it really worked with the characters and the story.

I just can’t say enough about the family dynamics. I’m such a huge fan of books that focus on the way families…are, how they work, how each member of the family copes with things differently. The characters – Gideon, Claudia, Chase, the new baby, the parents, and of course, Noah. They’re all so different and the family is so dysfunctional, and it all works until it doesn’t, like a real family. And of course you can compare their family to the family living across the street, the one they wait for every summer, and I just love how no two families are the same, and I think Hannah Moskowitz really emphasized that.

Anyway, I could go on and on about how much I loved Invincible Summer, about how I cried when I realized what happened (I should have seen the signs!). But everything about Invincible Summer is beautiful and meaningful, and certainly worth a first read, if not a second and a third.
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Thalia Can I ask if there was any inappropriate scenes in this book, like sex scenes? I'd love to add it to my list, but I like to avert myself from "dirty" books, hahah. (:

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