Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Lake Effect” as Want to Read:
The Lake Effect
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Lake Effect

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  872 ratings  ·  183 reviews
It’s the summer after his senior year, and Briggs Henry is out the door. He’s leaving behind his ex-girlfriend and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches, working a summer job as a personal assistant, and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the shore. It’s the kind of house Briggs plans to buy his parents one day when he’s a multi-millio ...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Dial Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Lake Effect, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Lake Effect

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.78  · 
Rating details
 ·  872 ratings  ·  183 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Lake Effect
Umut Rados
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a YA contemporary that's more in a slice of life style. Not much happens, yet the way it's written is quite charming.
I read it while on holiday at the right moment & place, which contributed to the mood of the book as well :)

Briggs is our main character and the one who tells the story. The main reason this book is very charming is because Briggs is a very charming character. He takes a job to work for an old woman (Mrs. B) for a summer and her house is near the lake, so he's consi
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A fun, quirky coming of age book with terrific friendships and interesting life lessons.

Briggs Henry has just graduated from high school. His summer plans include a job as a personal assistant for an elderly lady who lives on the beach of Lake Michigan. Even if he has to wait on an old lady, he will be at the beach, and everything is better at the beach. Once at the beach, Briggs meets the eccentric Mrs. Bosic, a Serbian lady who has a strange habit of attending funerals. As the sum
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is the perfect summer read. You can tell by just looking at the cover, but the story within proves the summer theme. This novel was like none other. It wasn't the classic YA contemporary plot, making this plot very unique and interesting to read.

I found myself laughing during the duration of this book frequently. The voice behind the writing of Briggs was amazing. Speaking of Briggs, he has the personality that is funny, yet he is respectful. He was an excellent main character to foll
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Briggs Henry is a real catch. He is a good student, college-bound, good-looking and comes from a caring family. He works a part-time job, plays on sports teams, and helps his grandmother out whenever he can. He's the picture perfect kid. He gets a job for the summer helping out an elderly Serbian woman who has a big Victorian house on Lake Michigan. Perfect job, right? He gets to help her out all summer while enjoying the lake lifestyle. This is coming at a good time for Briggs, because lately h ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I really love Erin's books! This is now one of my most anticipated of 2017. I can't wait to read it!
Gabi Eisenberg
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually really enjoyed this book, and I usually steer clear of summer books. But the style in which this was written I really loved!
Suze Lavender
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Briggs has found the perfect job for the summer, working for Mrs. B., an octogenarian who lives in a large house on the shore of Lake Michigan. Briggs couldn't have found a better way to escape the fighting about money at home, the constant demands of his grandmother and the difficult relationship with his ex-girlfriend. He can finally do something for himself and he's planning to enjoy every single moment. However, the first thing Mrs. B. asks of him is to dress up, so he can accompany her to a
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-teen-ya
This was my family. The Henrys. We had expectations. We achieved. We catalogued our successes, and we never needed our hair cut. We were a riot at Thanksgiving too.

Briggs Henry has just graduated high school and he's got big plans. He'll be attending university in the Fall where he plans to earn an MBA-JD on his way to his first $million$ before he's 30. But first, he's got a summer job as live-in personal assistant for an elderly woman who lives on the lake shore. Mrs. Bosic is Serbian, can't d
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Quirky, funny and just that little bit of heart to make me feel for this main character! While I didn't love it as much as I loved McCahan's Love and Other Foreign Words, I still thought it was a good read. I particularly liked the way it was simply about a summer -- all the new elements in one's life, the moments exclusive to your summer experience, the way people/situations can change you.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
This book didn't work out for me, sadly.
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those perfect summer reads—the type of book you can read all in one sitting on a sunny morning (which is exactly what I did!).

What Fed My Addiction:

Good balance of light tone and heavy topics.
This book covers some serious topics like death, chronic illness, class differences and family pressures, but Briggs’ voice is light and funny enough to make the read enjoyable rather than plodding. Plus, there are some really funny circumstances and secondary characters in this book. I foun
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Let's be clear, this IS a summer romance, but the narrator is a guy. Briggs has graduated high school after doing everything that his parents expected of him. He is hired to help an elderly woman in South Haven, MI over the summer, and he definitely gets more than he bargained for. I laughed out loud - for real - a LOT during his book. I cried a little too. These 400 pages flew by and I am sad that the story is over. Excellent.
The blurb had me at "For fans of Nick Hornby..." Also, the cover is perfect.
A few weeks ago, I went into the teen section of my library's overdrive and checked out a number of books. I can't remember why, quite possibly because I was expecting that the adult section would be updated that day and it wasn't and I really wanted to download some books. As a result I've probably read more YA books in the past couple of weeks than in the whole of last year. And they've not really been the kind of books to change my mind about YA. But this book surprised me.

It isn't really th
Amanda Hanson
This is one of those books that I had to sit with for a while to truly appreciate. When I first finished it, I ranted about it for a while - sure, it was written beautifully, but it wasn't about anything! Well. It's been about a month since I finished it, and I'm now very glad I was able to sit with it for that long.

This book isn't plot-driven - it's character-driven. And it really is a beautiful book. Briggs is funny and journeying with him while he navigates his complicated family life was he
Loved this one. Perfect mix of heart, humor, and honesty. Go read my full review at Forever Young Adult. ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
freaking loved this book. additionally, as a serbian, everything about Mrs. B. was super on point. briggs was a great dude and I liked seeing him progress as the summer went on.

the lake effect is a great book.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adults
"3,5 stars"

Briggs is 18 and done with High school. Now in his last summer before College he takes a summer job in North Beach/South Haven in Michigan helping an old lady who lives right by the beach.

Briggs is class president and captain of the baseball team and I loved his character. He had this bright, charming and nice personality. One of these people who just makes you feel good. It was just a refreshing change in a book...And then Abigail came along one of these strange, quirky and contempor
Reader who love the humor of Susan Juby will, like me, love the hell out of this book. It's a straight riot. Briggs spends a summer as a live-in assistant for an elderly woman in South Haven, Michigan, a lakeside resort town. The elderly woman, Ms. B, has a thick Serbian accent and a lot of the humor in this book is word play in the most delightful way. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
I love that this book is set on the shores of Lake Michigan, approximately a half hour from where I live! A recent graduate from high school, Briggs, was hired to work as an assistant to an elderly immigrant who lives Lakeshore in South Haven, MI. He cannot wait...because he believes that life is better at the lake. (I agree with that!!!) I believe the author accurately captured the parallel worlds of the tourist and the native, the immigrant and the resident, boys and girls, healthy and ill, ol ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set over a summer in South Haven, Michigan (a place I know well), this YA novel focuses on Briggs and the huge changes coming his way before he leaves for college. Loved Vesna, the Serbian widow Briggs is staying with, and Abigail, the somewhat mysterious girl next door. The funeral crashing was a fun aspect of the novel, which is filled with humor but also serious challenges for many of the characters. I would have Briggs to react more during the scene with Cutlass, and a certain hospital scene ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Inside blurb says that fans of Rainbow Rowell, John Green, and Stephanie Perkins will like this one. Having read all three, I tend to agree. Smart. Witty. The relationships are unique and cross a number of boundaries/borders. One of the things I loved most about this book is that it takes place in the area where I am currently living. I recognise all sorts of the mentioned places. And the names of the characters are perfectly chosen to reflect who has settled in this area. Despite dealing with a ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This was fine for a quick lunchtime read, though nothing spectacular.

Mrs. B, with her funeral-crashing habit and sometimes imperfect grasp of the English language, is what saved this book from being relegated to my two-star pile. Briggs was a likable main character, but I wasn't sympathetic toward any of the other people. In fact, most of them kind of bugged me.
Sammy Bishop
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coronacation
I read this book because I’m from Grand Rapids, which is where the main character is from. I’ve always wanted to read a book with a West Michigan setting, so when I found this book, I decided I’d read it!
I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I actually enjoyed it a lot. It was a quick and easy read, the chapters were so short that I could just breeze through it. It was a nice story, not too cliche or anything and quite unique to anything I’ve ever read!
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
I have to be honest, this book was only okay. There was nothing that stood out to me. I did really enjoy mrs. B's character. She was a hoot. The best part of the book I have to say was the last 150 or so pages. Everything else was just kind of meh.
Jul 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
Not DNF'ing it just yet, but putting it on hold for a while until I can get a physical copy. Because it reads really slow on my ereader since it's a PDF file. Will come back to this, for sure.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked being in Briggs' head, and the writing was quite enamoring. It gave me so little and also so much, in the way that I feel like I should hand this to an English teacher and say, "Here. Lead some classroom discussions. Unpack this."
Keith Chappelow
I really enjoyed this book. Loved that it was set in Western Michigan!
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It was soooo difficult for me to put it down last night to go to bed. The characters are all so wonderful and charming and funny. This is a definite reread for me, for sure.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • When the Stars Lead to You
  • Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It
  • Moment of Truth (Love, Life, and the List, #3)
  • Since We Last Spoke
  • Rules of Summer (Rules of Summer, #1)
  • How (Not) to Fall in Love
  • Girls of July
  • Starry Eyes
  • I Never
  • Truly Madly Royally
  • August and Everything After
  • Maybe This Time
  • How the Light Gets In
  • The Bright Effect
  • Blindness
  • Breakdown
  • Just Peachy: Comics About Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad
  • The Girl I Was Before (Falling, #3)
See similar books…

-“Observant, sarcastic, compelling, and very funny . . . this thoroughly enjoyable read is a seductive invitation to relax and let life happen.” —Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

"[An] inviting, thoughtful novel." —The Chicago Tribune

"A dazzlingly hilarious trifecta of awkward growing pains, social gaffes, and the romance that will warm your heart forever . . . Erin McCah

News & Interviews

Contemporary young adult literature has often led the way in depicting the real-life issues facing teens from all backgrounds. To delve into ho...
56 likes · 8 comments