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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,048 ratings  ·  383 reviews
ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . .

ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . .

When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and a
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Point
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Zyra
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i thought it would be like a premonition and summer would get to choose from two options. but its more like two 'what ifs'. two separate stories. i did read them separately cause i did want to know how each one got unfolded and didn't preferred the mix up. its suppose to be like two parallel universe. lots of teen drama. but i did like the fact that at end of each story summer came out as stronger person and more opening to change.
KatieBookQueen
Two Summers is a clever contemporary that asks the big ‘what if?’ question. It’s about what different scenarios could happen from one split-second decision. When we meet Summer Everett, she’s at the airport, ready to board a plane to France to spend the summer with her dad. But then she gets a phone call and from that point on, the book splits between the two scenarios that could occur: the one in which she picks up the phone, and the one in which she ignores it and boards the plane. So Summer’s ...more
Peach
2.5

So this did nothing for me.

In retrospect, it's a great novel. Really, it is. Two summers. The "What if?" concept. (i.e. "If I hadn't answered that phone-call, where would I be?")

Summer Everett is about to have the grandest summer of all her life. She's going to spend it with her artist father in his current place of Provence, France. But when she arrives, it's discovered her father has flown to Berlin and his "artist friends" are house-sitting, Vivienne and her daughter, Eloise. Apparently,
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Zaynah
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Two Summers is a light yet captivating read. It not a bad choice to pack this for your holidays or as your beach read. Summer will transport the readers through both of her adventures, and everyone will obviously have a penchant for one more than the other. Throughout the book, my heart was balancing, contemplating the question of whether Summer should've answered the phone or not. But in the end, which didn't come to a great surprise to me, I wanted for Summer to experience France. If you're an ...more
Indya
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm am super proud for finishing this book in two days but then mad I can read that fast also for the book being real good:) I bought this book at my school book fair and was just filled with excitement because I really enjoy my school books fair if u don't I suggest u start to like them because half price books!!! So I really enjoyed it this was my first Aimee Friedman book and her writing is phenomenal the way she described Paris and New York the two main settings in this book made me feel lik ...more
bookspixscoffeefix
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
review coming soon
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I'm a parallel life book fanatic. I mean they have to be some of my favorite topics in the YA genre. I love the possibility of seeing the what-ifs because even if we don't admit it we all sometimes think 'what-if I decided to ____ instead of ____’. It's human nature to wonder so as a reader seeing these outcomes enthralls me. Which brings me to Two Summers, a book by Aimee Friedman that I happened to have fall into my lap by chance, and a book that
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Lina
* 3.5/5*

What if ?

Two Summers takes this question under account.

Summer is given a change to meet her father, who she hasn't seen in along time, who lives in France.
But before she boards her flight an Unknown Caller calls her phone, in that moment Summer must decide to answer or ignore the caller.
Her life is split in two parallel worlds, the after maths of if she answers the phone and if she doesn't.


THE WRITING

The writing structure at times confused me. I was confused with whether she was in F
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Liza Wiemer
What if....??

Aimee Friedman tackles this question in TWO SUMMERS.

What if... I had read this novel when I was thirteen? I would have loved it. I would have felt that ache to be kissed for the very first time, to have a boyfriend, and also so nervous and shy. I would have identified with the turbulent friendship with my best friend and the need to have space, yet also that fear of losing her for good. (Summer's best friend, Ruby starts hanging out with someone Summer doesn't like.) I would have id
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Leah
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2016
So this didn't really work for me. It had a fantastic premise and I love books that split off into two diverging plots (Pivot Point by Kasie West is amazing) but here there was literally no point to the two plots because they all seemed to end up in the same place, with the same results?

I was just bored. I didn't want to pick the book back up and Summer was a very immature 15-year-old.
Allison
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This probably doesn't deserve the 3 stars I'm giving it. This two summers idea didn't really work. The author should have picked one and really fleshed it out. On the flip side, it was a fast and easy read.
☆☆Hannah☆☆
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is another oh look my so called "best friend" is a back stabbing b**ch. I'm getting so tired of that crap. Plus her father is a LOSER too. The one redeeming quality of this story is that (view spoiler). If it wasn't for that this would have gotten a 1.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
2.5 stars from this ginger.

This story was SLOOOOOOOOOOW. Holy balls it was slow. And predictable. Don't go I to this thinking it's a swoony romance because it isn't. The MC has zero self esteem and cannot make the easiest decision without consulting her BFF. Uh.. What? She cannot even figure out how to talk to a boy without pointers from her friend. GGRRRRR! How can you function every day!?

This was not the best read and it overall fell flat for me. I wanted more but it never came. You've been w
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Hailey
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a good book! It really grabs your attention.
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Two Summers is such a fun book! I've read a lot of awesome, original contemporaries that are perfect for summer, but this book really takes the cake - it definitely is on my list of favorite summertime reads.

Two Summer has such an interesting concept - a teenage girl, who while at the airport, has to make a split second decision of whether or not to board the plane to go visit her father in France or stay at ho
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Jaime Arkin
Summer Everett is at the airport ready to board her plane to spend the summer with her estranged father in France. Her phone rings. Does she answer it or does she ignore it and get on the plane. Lucky for us as the reader, we get to experience two different stories based on this one split second decision. In one timeline, she answers the phone and her father cancels on her and her whole summer changes. In the other timeline, she ignores the call, gets on the plane, only to find out her father is ...more
malayna
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-5-stars
MY OPINION: ***

I liked the whole plotline of this book. I thought it was unique and really went out on a tangent that has been kind of explored but not fully expounded (is that a word?). However, something about just wasn't fulfilling and I wasn't able to give it a full five stars.

I mean, I thought that the characters just weren't well-developed, which is something that I really try to look for when I read. Even if this is maybe a "lighter" read, I would have expected deeper characters with more
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Noha AlNaggar
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-2016
Phew! I finally finished this book.
It took me ages to finish it, which is one of the many reasons I didn't enjoy this book. Summer was very childish in a way that made me feel like I was reading a children's story book.
The storyline of this book is very interesting and smart. The idea that there are two parallel stories for the same character is sort of new and so,the book had a lot of potential to be a good one. But, something was off!
I have a feeling that my 15 year-old-self would've loved thi
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Syd (deertales)
I kind of want to be that person that rates books with a .75 rating… Because I do think this is more than a three star read it but not as good as a four. The fact that the main character was only 15 for most of the book was hard to get over, and even though there were two different storylines for most of the book the ending was the same regardless so I don't really know how I feel about that. Full review to come.
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full RTC!
Nasty Lady MJ
Mar 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
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This book should’ve of been tagged with a warning label that it would piss me off. I’ll just get the good stuff out the way, the book is readable. In this day and age of YA, that’s actually a plus because there is a lot of shit with purple prose out there that you just want to tell to f off. But even though this book didn’t have purple prose I still wanted to tell it to sod off and slam
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Daniela
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
What a light, relatable summer read(hehe see what I did there?)! I really did feel like I was in France! The only bad part about this book is that I predicted the 'twist' from a mile away. That made it a little bit slow.
Rebecca
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
15 year old Summer is planning to leave Hudsonville, NY, to spend the summer in France with the artist father she hasn't seen since her parents divorced many years ago--a trip she's undertaking against her mother's will. However, just as she's about to board the plane, her phone rings with an unknown number. Should she answer? In one storyline, she ignores the call and arrives in France to find no one waiting to meet her. Her father has gone to Berlin, leaving her to get herself to his house in ...more
Sarah Louise
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
We all have those what if moments in life, I'm sure. Minutes before boarding her plane to visit her father in Provence, Summer receives a phone call that she can either choose to ignore or accept. A simple decision, unknowingly to her, splits her world in two—one in which leads her to Provence, and the other which cements her in New York.

"What is it about July, about the heat of the summer, that inspires people to rebel."

I will practically read anything with the mention of parallel worlds. Or
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Fiona
Summer is on her way for a summer with her dad in France, and leave her small town in New York for awhile. As she was about to board the plane, she receives a call that everything suddenly depended on that split-second decision whether she answers the call or not. Her life split into two worlds wherein one, she stayed in New York, and in the other, she flies to France as planned. As Summer journeys towards her life in both situations, she is faced to some of the realities and challenges in her r ...more
Laura
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-ya
"What if answering this call will swing the wheel of my life in a new direction?"


Summary: Summer is on the way to the airport to spend the summer with her Dad in France. Right before she is about to board the plane she gets a phone call. Half of this book is told from the perspective of if she answers and the phone call and the other is if she didn't answer the call. One decision leads to her going to France and the other she stays in New York.

This was such a good summer read, it takes place
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Jennifer
I was really enjoying this book for awhile, until I figured out what the family secret was. As I was listening I thought I had figured out what the secret was. I was hoping I was wrong since I figured it out quite early on in the book.

Turns out I was right about the secret which just means that for me the plot was predictable. I really liked the way the book was written.

Summer got annoying in parts as well. I couldn't stand her complaining in parts and the way she was acting.

Overall I liked t
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Jami Lilo
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I really enjoyed the parallel lives storyline, I had a hard time with little things like Summer being 15, able to use foreign money, but not smart enough to use her cell phone internationally. The two different locations played out well and the build to the secret (which you know early is coming). The four stars is for the concept being executed well and I can see how a young teenager would enjoy the different Love interests and coming of age with friendships changing and family life explo ...more
Lauren R.
This was cute! I would have liked more development in general I think, but I enjoyed the ending. The two parallel lives weren't back and forth each chapter; you got to spend a bit more time with each all at once. I can't decide if I liked it or didn't like it. Regardless, fun story!
Michelle
I initially bought this book, after seeing another review which appealed to me. And I liked the cover (although, I don’t like the alternate cover, of the girl in sunglasses) and the Sliding Doors-vibe that the blurb had. There’s never been a novelization of Sliding Doors (although there is a screenplay available), so this is the nearest I’m going to get, I guess.

This book had the unfortunate issue of never really grabbing my attention. There was always something to distract me, or something bet
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Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children's book editor, a job she still doe ...more
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