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The Forget-Me-Not Summer

(Silver Sisters #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  99 reviews
A delightful story for fans of The Penderwicks and One Crazy Summer, The Forget-Me-Not Summer is bursting with fun, sun, and sisterly love.

Sisters Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily Silver can’t wait for summer vacation. Twelve-year-old Marigold is hoping to get her first kiss, while Zinnia, eleven, has plenty of time on her hands and will most likely spend it in Marigold’s shadow
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by HarperCollins
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Kayla Cagan
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading an advanced copy of FMNS. Such a fan of this sweetness and fun. I really adored this book and know so many friends I could give this to for their daughters - it's not super violent or sexy (obviously, it's middle grade!) and it's so funny and thoughtful, too.

The sibling rivalry, mostly between Zinnie and Marigold, was really on point. Their relationship felt real and based on sisters I know. I would definitely ask the writer if her characters were based on her own sister
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
The Silver family lives a very posh life in Los Angeles, but their world is turned upside down when their parents' work schedule forces them to spend three weeks at their Aunt Sunny's in Pruet, Massachusetts. The timing isn't good for the eldest Silver sister, Marigold, because those years of acting classes have finally paid off. She just landed an agent and hopes to fulfill her dream of auditioning for the latest teen movie. Zinnia, the middle sister, lives in her sister's shadow and just wants ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Silver sisters Marigold, Zinnia and Lily love living in Los Angeles. Their parents are in show business and 12-year-old Marigold is following in their footsteps with a budding acting career. She is about to land a deal with an agent for the first time and can't wait to spend the summer auditioning, hanging out with her best friend and hopefully kissing a boy. Middle sister Zinnia, just a year younger, longs for the days when Marigold was her best friend and they did everything together. Zinnie w ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unforgettable Journey with No Jet Lag -- 3 for 3

Take a 3-week trip with 3 young LA ladies to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Our floral-named sisters -- Marigold (12), Zinnia (11) and Lily (5) -- reluctantly leave their entitlements behind to stay with their Aunt Sunny, whom they have never met. Ms Howland deftly paints each of the three girls in such vivid detail that by the time they embark for Massachusetts, we know them well. The LA descriptions of the Farmer's Market are so real that you will sali
Michele Knott
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
We talk about the perfect "beach reads" as adults, but this one is the perfect summer read for middle grade girls. My inner middle grade girl sighed as I read this book. It was fun, entertaining, and had enjoyable characters. I really loved the setting when it moved to the East Coast Harbor! ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
FIRST THOUGHTS: 3.75 stars would be a more accurate rating. Seriously so adorable! Loved the setting, enjoyed these characters, cute story. Charming middle grade, indeed.
Libby May
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

My Review:
This book was cute. It was really hard to get into for me at first, and I think that's cuz it was aimed for a younger group of girls as an audience. It was summer and popsicles a talent shows and ugly feather sweaters. It was sisters and actress dreams and tall trees and red sea glass.
I especially liked the way that the sister relationships were portrayed. Yes they fought. Yes they had some issues with each other, and Zinnie their Marigold was the pretty one but Marigold thou
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adorable book with wonderful characters that will make you fall in love with this book. Definitely a good story for anyone who wants a story with family, romance, and adventure! 😁👍
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I find it engaging, though the themes are not subtle, and the girls not particularly likable at first. It's a bit too formula, or workmanlike, to be truly recommendable. Young me would have agreed, tbh.
Lite, one could say. Not bad, just, well, not quite.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Forget-Me-Not Summer is an exceptional book. I literally couldn't put it down. I finished it in three days! I love how it puts things in different peoples perspective, like how Zinnia thinks that Marigold is selfish, but really Marigold just gets annoyed by Zinnia and Lily sometimes. You definitely should read this book, and I can guarantee that you will love it! ...more
Deirdre Walsh
A book that follows in the tradition of Ballet Shoes and the Penderwicks. A story of sisters, perfect for an old fashioned read.
Sassy Susan
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an advance copy of this book. I'm a lady, and so I don't usually read middle grade but I'm a fan of Leila Howland's and I wanted to see if my stepfather's granddaughters would like it.

It's pretty great. It's really cute. And unlike a lot of novels that read like screenplays, it's actually a novel, so it has a wonderful pace. There's a lot of setup, but I enjoyed getting to know the 3 sisters and their aunt, and I thought it really paid off.

Look, just because I'm a woman everyone assumes
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
bookaday #106. 4.5 stars. Enchanting story of 3 sisters (love the flower names) growing up in LA, parents work in entertainment industry. When they accept different jobs for July, the sisters are shipped to the east coast to their mother's aunt. Great build up to this event, realistic events as girls adjust to life in the slow, lo tech village by the ocean. Some lovely turns of phrase sprinkled throughout: pg 228 "already tasted a spoonful of sleep, and all she wanted was another". Love the rela ...more
Well this book was adorable. Great family relationships, normal sibling feelings, tween drama that is REAL and not made up. All the characters stood out but I especially liked the two older sisters that the book centered on. Both sisters were different and unique and neither one was perfect but both were highly relatable and I can see readers identifying with one or both of them. The adults in here, the parents and Great Aunt were pretty great as well. Really good book. Would rec for fans of wel ...more
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This was such a funny, cute contemporary. If you looking for a romance thats not too 🤮, and a sister-bonding relationship, pick this up!!
Happy reading, friends!!!😁
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
"There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you."-anonymous.

As the first book in a three book series, The Forget-Me-Not Summer is a simple, fun book that’s perfect to read as a quick summer read. The three Silver sisters get the chance of a life to visit their Aunt Sunny in Cape Cod. Each sister is completely unique, but all artistic. So when the eldest, Marigold, finds out that a famous director will be in their Aunt's town, the girls have to do all they can so
Valerie McEnroe
Adult rating: 3 stars
Kid rating: 4 stars

Marigold's summer in L.A. is disrupted when her parents head off to remote locations for their film careers. Marigold herself is an aspiring actress and can't believe she is going to miss the auditions for the movie adaptation of her favorite book. She along with her sisters Zinnia and Lily are set to spend several weeks on the New England coast with their great aunt Sunny.

Upon arrival they realize cell phone service isn't great and internet service is sl
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
3rd review of the day! Phew! So, The Forget-Me-Not Summer is a pretty wild adventure of 3 Silver Sisters going to their Aunt Sunny's home. They risk one month of summer being together, meeting new people, and leaving behind their usual summer plans! Marigold, the oldest Silver sister, wants to have her own private space but, Zinnie, the middle sister, gets in her way all the time! Lily, the youngest sister, always gets everyone's attention. The Silver sisters even have to sleep in the same room! ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read for Goodreads 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, Expert Level.
Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities

Excellent book! This one skirts the juvenile/middle grade genres, since it deals with sisters or varying ages. It's about sisters having a summer they will never forget. And there are brownies. I loved this one. A little tough to target readers, since the two main characters are of different ages and, as a result, dealing with different things. St
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
6th to 7th grade level(middle school)
This book was AWESOME!!!{VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENED} It was a great novel about sisters and how yet they can be a bother, they can also be one of your most treasured people.
The Silver sisters go to Pruet to go visit their Aunt Sunny while their parents are doing work. They meet new people as each girl follows their dreams. The oldest, Marigold, wants to be an actor. The youngest, Lily, wants to be able to swim again(she is afraid of the ocean). The middle girl,
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading it so good could not keep my eyes off of that book and i am so excited that there is 2 more books for the series i do recommend reading it it was so good the whole entire day i was reading it i could just not stop you have to read this series and you think something is going bad but something good will turn up. every time i stop to do something or eat i always say to myself "i just got to the good part in the book". you know when a book is good when you always say "i'm just ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
What do you think it would be like to write and perform a play? This book is called "The Forget-Me-Not Summer" by Leila Howland. This book is a realistic book. This would be a good book for teens and people that love acting. There are 3 main characters in this book All of the main characters show great strength and change throughout this book. This story takes place mostly in a beach town. One interesting part was when they perform the play called Forget-Me-Not. Overall I thought this was a very ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute book! I thoroughly enjoyed these three sisters and their adventures. I liked the L.A. time and Marigold's wish to be an actress, and equally enjoyed Pruet, and Zinnia's growth and finding her own purpose. I also liked how the adults were portrayed, and the positive role models they were throughout the story. I think this is a great book for girls - they will relate to the sibling rivalry and the girls' struggles, and parents will like the wholesome yet fun story. ...more
Bernadette Kearns
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It was a fun, girl-centered book that focused on the two main characters trying to figure who they are and who they want to be. It checked off all of my favorite story boxes--small beach towns, fish out of water experiences, first love, older wiser characters and happy endings. It also reminded me of another favorite series, The Penderwicks. There are two books more in the trilogy and I think I'll have to read them! ...more
Sarah Sarang
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would rate this book a 5 because it is amazing! This book is about 3 sisters and how they have to adjust living together without their parents at Cape Cod with their Aunt Sunny. They have to adjust to their surrounding and make the best of what they can with this summer. It was fun watching them explore this new place, meet new people, and try new things. Reading this book made me wish I had a sister although the Silver sisters didn’t always get along.
I think the charm of this book is how it captures summer on the Cape. Unfortunately, the Cape vacation doesn't begin until page 80. My main gripe with this book is the main trio of sisters, who are insufferably spoiled. Sure, they show character growth, but at the expense of me hating them through much of the book... or rather hating their parents for raising such brats. I liked their Aunt Sunny, and the portrayal of Cape Cod. It made me nostalgic for past vacations and friends from the past. ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Penderwicks or The Family Fletcher
The Forget-Me-Not Summer is a charming addition to the sibling-stories genre of middle grade. The setting is well done and the details about the acting world added an interesting spin. Nice cover, too. This should appeal to a wide age range. My only complaint is about the way Howland used "said" for every single dialogue tag, often many times per page, which sounded a bit choppy. But other than that, great writing! ...more
Amber van Rij
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely in love with this book! It definitely belongs to my favorites.

The author has done a really good job illustrating the relationship between younger and older sisters. I recognized so much of it. They all have their own story to follow and I absolutely loved that.

It's a fun and quick read, which will make your heart melt.

Also, the cover looks amazing!
Irene Cruz
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute summer read

This is a cute and easy summer read. No matter how old you are, I believe you will find yourself enjoying this charming story about three LA sisters and their summer trip to Pruet, a small beach town in the eastern United States. Also, there’s a recipe at the end of the book.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an adorable and relatable book about the changing relationship between three sisters over one unique summer. It has just the right amount of family, humor, excitement, and (kid-appropriate) romance. The relationship between Zinnie and Marigold is very similar to that of my sister and me, and we were both stunned at the reality of what they go through.
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Leila Howland grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. She is the author of the YA novels Nantucket Blue, for which she was named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start author, Nantucket Red, and Hello, Sunshine, as well as the Silver Sisters middle gra ...more

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“But here in Pruet, Marigold had discovered a new kind of tired. At night her limbs were loose and happy, tingling with a memory of the sun. And when her head hit the pillow on her boat bed, sleep became as sweet and irresistible as a bowl of peppermint stick ice cream.” 3 likes
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