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Thirty Sunsets

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  52 reviews
To Forrest Shephard, getting away to the family's beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian's obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them. Suddenly, Forrest's relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia's rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia's ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Flux (first published July 1st 2014)
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Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Let's run the numbers, shall we?

TWO unplanned teen pregnancies
ONE rape
ONE attempted rape
ZERO uses of the word "abortion"

It is OK to write a book if you have a point of view. One does not expect authors not to have a point of view. Go ahead, let your characters reject abortion as an option out of hand. Let 'em express opinions about abortion. Hell, let 'em express an opinion about the kind of people who would consider such an option. Dude, I will march to protect your right to express your views.
Actual Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Sometimes, people show you what they think you want to see. They fool you. They don't show their true colors until it's too late."

This story is about Forrest Shephard (an odd name, really) and about how she's going to have the most unexpected summer ever. You see, Forrest disliked her brother Brian's girlfriend, Olivia. Ever since they started dating, she felt like she doesn't know her brother anymore. Then that summer, her mother invited Olivia to come with them to t
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Forrest really doesn’t like her brother’s girlfriend Olivia, and doesn’t like the changes he’s made to his life because of her. Spending the entire summer with Olivia seems like a nightmare, but it’s clear that things are not what they seem.
Is Olivia really bulimic? Should Forrest be spending time with the weird boy on the beach? And what other secrets are her family hidi
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Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
To see my full review:

This novel turned out to be completely different than what I expected, and I really applaud the author for it, especially as it hits on so many important issues, rape and attempted rape included, and the message for women is an amazing one. While reading, it’s so easy to point at Forrest and to shake your head, yelling at her to get some common sense, but in the end, it’s NOT her fault. Women tend to blame themselves when a man become
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay. This one I liked. The only reason why I'm giving it four stars is because there were some scenes that I felt maybe didn't need to be expounded and I thought that some of the things shouldn't have been unraveled in one setting. Other than that, it was a good story with great writing and a witty, likable main character.

Initially, I was with Forrest (not really liking the name) in believing her brother's girlfriend, Olivia, was prissy and in fact had an eating disorder. But then I backtracked
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Original review can be found at

* I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Flux via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This is the story of Forrest, a 16 year old girl, who is not popular, has no experience with boys and who dislikes her older brother's girlfriend Olivia. When she finds out that Olivia will be spending the month with her family at their beach house she thinks her summer is doomed. She soon finds out that things aren'
I would give this 2 1/2. This book is a quick read and pretty short. In fact I would say it's too short for all the drama that goes on. One bomb drops and another is waiting in the wings before the first one has settled. It just seemed like a whole bunch of events and not much joining them together, I found the book just didn't flow. Forrest goes from despising her brother's snotty girlfriend to them being bff's right after.
I did love Forrests sense of humour. And I get she may be a little inex
Just a Hunch Book Blog
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ranee-books
2.5 stars - For the full review visit
Melissa Ramirez
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: I'm shelving this one with the DNFs.
I think it has to do with the writing style and the characters but I just cannot get past Forrest's immaturity in the beginning. She hates Olivia because Olivia glares at her for wearing a romper one day? Oh, the horror! And also because she was made fun of after she thought Olivia's mom was her sister? Forrest is so overdramatic it hurts.

I realize high school is tough and maybe Olivia really is a true bully. I'll never know though because I
Zephyr Tao
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sixteen year old Forrest and her family take a vacation to their beach house, along with her 18 year old brother's girlfriend, Olivia. Forrest doesn't like Olivia, so she is disheartened to find out that her mom invited her. On the trip, Forrest meets a boy named Scott who shows an inexplicably strong and sudden liking for her. Forrest finds out a bunch of things about her family, Olivia, and Scott that turn her world upside down: Brian was the product of Forrest's mom being raped by a man in co ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book was a real surprise to me. I thought Forrest, the sister, was going to spend the summer hating her brother's obnoxious girlfriend trying to break them up. I really have stopped reading the book blurbs after I initially request a book because it just ruins a book for me. So imagine how shocked I was to find this novel was not fluff, but had a real story to it and yet....and yet it seemed to be a perfect summer read. It reminded me so much of one of my favorite summer series Jenny Han's ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Forrest was a funny and relatable character, and although quite a few “OMG”s were scattered throughout the chapters, this was a short, enjoyable read.

Opening Sentence: “Hey, Forrest.”

The Review:

Forrest is not popular. She’s been stamped as the official geek, and when summer starts, she’ll finally be able to escape to the families beach house with her brother and his new girlfriend. But family secrets and surprising revelations plague the tri
*eARC kindly provided by Flux via NetGalley*
*Full review can be found at Part of that World.

I thought this would be just a cheesy, contemporary YA about summer, secrets, and family drama. What I didn't expect was the sheer complexity of what was going on and how it affected everyone. And I definitely didn't think I'd like it as much as I did.

Rating: 3 Stars!

Yes, I enjoyed this novel a lot! I read this around 1 a.m., so much of it could have been because everything's funnier in the early morning
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Thirty Sunsets revolves around Forrest Shephard and her month long family vacation to their beach house. But this summer's vacation isn't like the last year's or any year before that, actually. It's different this time, because her brother is different this time.

Since he started dating Olivia, Forrest's biggest bully and enemy, Brian has completely changed. He isn't as close to Forrest as they were before, he isn't going to medical school like he ALWAYS dreamed of and worked so hard to achieve.
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy quick read that will keep you interested the whole time.
Chayse Sundt
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have just come back from one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen: Marino Ballena in Costa Rica. I am not much of a beach person but I love feeling the sand between my toes and hearing the waves roll up onto shore, and of course seeing the sun set on the horizon. After reading Thirty Sunsets I felt I was back on the beach listening to a story that swept me off my feet.
The story follows a sixteen year old girl named Forrest. She is going through high wondering if she will ever get a b
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I requested this book naively thinking it was actually about struggles with an eating disorder. . . but by Chapter 2 I had already figured out the "big plot twist." Maybe it's because I'm older than the "target audience," but I found that aspect to be incredibly predictable.

I really liked the main character, Forest, and I was glad to see her transformation from naive girl to strong and confident young woman throughout the novel. Her voice was strong, as were the voices of the other teen characte
This is the story of Forrest and her family’s crazy vacation. Every year they go away for the summer but this year everything just hits the fan and changes the family like never before. She is forced to room with her brother’s girlfriend then finds out Olivia is pregnant. Forrest feels like she suddenly doesn’t know her family, it’s like secrets after secrets. After giving Olivia the benefit of the doubt she learns that Olivia is a good person and great friend.

This summer is also a time when For
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
forrest is excited to spend a month at the beach with her family, until she finds out that her brother's girlfriend has been invited along. olivia is pretty and popular and is distracting brian from his long-time dream of going to vanderbilt for college.

once the family is together at the beach, it becomes apparent that forrest doesn't know the whole story with olivia and brian. secrets are being kept from her and she doesn't like it. this makes her even more determined to start her own summer r
Elizabeth Stiert
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review can be found on my blog, Redhead Reader.

Thirty Sunsets looks like it will be a nice lite summer read, and for most of the book it is, but at some point, this book becomes a minefield. Truth bombs are constantly going off all around Forrest and you had better take cover.

I enjoyed every aspect of this book. The characters personalities are right on. The story is told by and follows Forrest, as she felt each emotion, I was right there with her feeling the same. I really connected with h
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received a free ARC of this book c/o the publisher via NetGalley on a read-to-review basis.

I didn't love this book personally as a reader, but I will recommend it to certain teens. I wasn't impressed by the double-twist plot either, but again, I think this could be appealing to some readers.

What didn't I like? Under-developed characters all around, particularly the protagonist, who I found to be unsympathetic through much of the book. Also there is an unfortunate amount of slang in this book,
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: D

Forrest can't believe her brother is bringing his stuck up cheerleader girlfriend to the beach for the the month, much less that they have to share a bedroom. Before THIRTY SUNSETS have fallen, secrets will be revealed that will change Forrest and her family forever.

The best component of this forgettable story Forrest's narration, her unique, sarcastic voice made for a pleasant reading experience. Most of the characters in THIRTY SUNSETS were clichés, the smart girl who doesn't realize h
Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews
This is a good contemporary fiction YA novel. I will most definitely buy it for my library.

Forrest is feeling lost in her family. Her brother, Brian, has a girlfriend, Olivia, who isn't the nicest of people. Forrest is a brainiac and Olivia is a cheerleader. Forrest feels like Olivia is stealing her brother from their family. And it gets worse when Forrest's mother invites Olivia to spend the summer with them at their beach house.

Thirty Sunsets is ultimately about a family, on the verge of fal
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Forrest can't wait to escape to her family's beach house for the summer--until her brother's girlfriend tags along and secrets unfold left and right.

I like this book for the most part. I read it on my kindle and had to check on Amazon to see it's 240 pages because it felt very short, probably because there were so many major things going on the last half of the book like huge life-changing events.

But, overall, it's a good YA read. I thought the main event that happens to Forrest was handled wel
RHL Staff
May 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: jennas-shelf
I really wanted to like this book but I didn't. It was just too much. It was just like bombs dropping one after another and the destruction just piled up. At the end, I really wasn't even sure what happened. There was so much ridiculous and unbelievable drama. I am usually pretty open-minded with drama, (I read the gossip girl series and liked it) but this is just too much. The worst part is that this isn't even being advertised as a drama-fest; the description makes it seem like a summer romanc ...more
Jenna Cantino
Mar 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book but I didn't. It was just too much. It was just like bombs dropping one after another and the destruction just piled up. At the end, I really wasn't even sure what happened. There was so much ridiculous and unbelievable drama. I am usually pretty open-minded with drama, (I read the gossip girl series and liked it) but this is just too much. The worst part is that this isn't even being advertised as a drama-fest; the description makes it seem like a summer romanc ...more
Shawna Briseno
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley:
I have to start off by saying how much I adored the main character in this story. It's always nice to find a young adult book with a strong, positive female protagonist. Forrest Shepherd is sixteen years old, somewhat sheltered, and not one of the cool kids. She's also extremely funny and comfortable in her own skin. Her brother Brian, on the other hand, IS popular and also dating a popular cheerleader. When Olivia is invited to join the family at the beach for the summ
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, ebooks, teen-books
An emotional, roller coaster ride of a novel. Forrest has just finished her sophomore year of high school and is looking forward to a month at her family's beach house...that is until she discovers Olivia, her brother's high maintenance girlfriend, is coming too. How will Forrest survive thirty days with Olivia? Will the handsome stranger at the beach be enough to distract her from the family drama?
This book is a must-read for any teen who has ever judged a sibling's significant other, contempl
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