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Invincible Summer

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,201 ratings  ·  341 reviews
Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life fr
Paperback, 269 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Apr 28, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this. The girl on my cover wishes she had your body. You're awesome.

The playlist:

1) Turn Up the Sun--Oasis
2) Island In the Sun--Weezer
3) Just Like Heaven--Gatsby's American Dream
4) Bigger Than My Body--John Mayer
5) New Soul--Yael Naim
6) Across the Universe--Rufus Wainwright
7) The Boys of Summer--The Ataris
8) Slang--Def Leppard
9) City Hall--The Fray
10) The Worst Part--Motion City Soundtrack
11) Time Won't Let Me Go--The Bravery
12) Hello Hellicopter--Motion City Soundtrack
13) No One's Boy-
Family drama.

What is it about family drama that speaks to us all so deeply? I know why it effects me. As an only child, peace and quiet was the norm for my household. I craved the hug of an older sister or the pranks of a younger brother. Craved anything. Any new and exciting family dynamic.

So I wonder - is drama essential in a large family? Is it inevitable? I have recently been privy to some of the drama of my Dad's large yet scattered family. While I yearn to know what it is like to feel the
Jillian -always aspiring-
(Actual Rating: 4.5 stars)

I turn around now, and see them laughing, but unlike Beethoven, I could already hear them. I always knew they were there. Behind me. Even this whole year, when I didn't see them, I always knew they were there.

The lack of surprise doesn't make it any less awesome. Because I get a different revelation now, better than Beethoven's. I'm in love. . .with my stupid, fallen-apart family.

Chase "Everboy" McGill lives for the summers he spends with his family in their summer home
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hannah Moskowtiz debut novel Break is still one of my most unforgettable reads, so I couldn't wait to see what her next book would bring. Just like I expected, Moskowitz doesn't hold back the punches!
Invincible Summer is bizarre and real and an absolutely enthralling read!

I don't even know even know where to start. I don't even know how to describe this book.
This book is about a family and running away and standing still, and Camus and sex and sisters and brothers and growing up and the fear the
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Invincible Summer takes place over the course of several summers, during which the McGill family, not very put together in the first place, completely falls apart, only to reassemble itself entirely out of order, like a tile mosaic made out of pieces that don't quite fit together, in colors that don't quite match. When you think about it, the same happens to most families sooner or later, and therein lies the true strength of this book.

Invincible Summer is a quiet little book, a great example of
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Love Sensitive Boys and John Green
Recommended to Cory by: Phoebe
Reread on 2/11/13: It didn't hold the same charm on my second time around. Possibly because I hated the way Noah and Chase treated Melinda, and desperately wished for her to become a fully realized character. Ah well, there's only so much you can do with 50,000 words, and Moskowitz's writing is so non-minimalistic and navel-gazey, I don't think I would've stood this out for 70,000k. It's rather odd, I like Looking for Alaska more every time I read it, though I dislike The Perks of Being a Wallfl ...more
Julie Zantopoulos
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had some problems...some issues that I think were pretty problematic but at the same time holy gosh did this hit me in so many feels!

This is a story about family, and finding yourself, and that 'safe' place that you come home to even if it's not really your home that nothing bad can touch...until it does. I have a place like that and I understand that feeling even if it's not on a beach like this one. And I understand large families with less than perfect relationships and this book c
In short: I kind of liked the hero, but the family, especially the parents (so many kids but almost zero interest in them, plus "Dad hates Noah", the eldest ...), was so very weird and displayed strange dynamics. In addition the sad undercurrent carried the later crashing tragedy with it almost from the beginning like a slowly built-up tsunami which caused me flipping the pages with very little enjoyment. I am a hope-or-spark-of-hope-focused kind of reader. I need a healthy dose of it even in th ...more
Steph Sinclair

NOTE: Please do not hit the spoilers if you haven't read the book. It will completely ruin the ending for you!


It's the season of innocence, fun, laughter, all the things it means to live. For Chase McGill, summer is his constant in his ever changing life. When everything is falling apart, he feels he can always count on summer to be there. Taking place over four summers at his family's beach house, Chase finds that even his summers can not go untouched by change. It is during those summe
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is sharp, beautiful and almost painful in places. It is the perfect beach read, not that it is light and fluffy (it isn't), but it gels perfectly with the feeling of being on the beach in summer.

I'm not quite sure how to approach this review without it devolving into a squee marathon, so let's separate off elements of this book and talk about them, okay?

The setting was one of my favourite things about this novel. Take it from someone who lives on the coast: H. Moskowitz has got it. I c
Incivible Summer is completely different from what I expected. When I look at the cover I think summertime fun, romance, a story told from a girl's perspective. But I couldn't be more wrong. Incivible Summer is a powerful and HEARTBREAKING story about family that really got to me.

It is told from Chase's point of view, the second eldest in a family of five children, over the period of four summers set at their beach house. Chase is an outstanding character. He is so well fleshed out. A character
Emily May
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance, dnf

This book is okay if you want 4 identical cheesy stories of summertime romance. Some people will love it undoubtedly but I got bored fairly quick.
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, teen, own, fiction
I finished Invincible Summer a few days ago but have been sort of at a loss to explain how I feel about it while still remaining fair to the novel itself.

This book is a look at several summers in the life of two families who come to the beach every summer for a month or so at a time. It's told in a hazy, lazy sort of summery way from the point of view of one of the boys in a chaotic family. Everyone is slightly pretentious and quotes Camus a lot.

As a little bit of backstory, I was diagnosed wi
I am SO torn over this one. Was it good? YES. Hell yes it was. But maybe just not my type of book... That said, you should TOTALLY give it a try. Because it's heartbreaking and powerful and (for the most part) so very realistic, and Moskowitz is an awwwwwwesome writer (as well as an awesome person, at least from what I can tell through her blog), and the whole sign-language stuff incorporated into the book was seriously a treat to read.

The only complaint I had was the enormous amounts of Camus p
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
I’ve read some awesome contemporary book so far. And Yes, Invincible Summer is one of them!

I love everything about the book! I love Noah, Chase, Shannon, Bella, Claudia and even little Gideon!

This book is good at breaking peoples heart. And that goes also to its writer Hannah Moskowitz and now She’s on my list of favorite authors.

The book is about family.
Growing up
Running away
And Camus

Their family is not a perfect family but that’s what makes this book so easy to love and interesting. I
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-galley
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May 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm going to have to agree with the statement, "Not your typical beach read." In fact I wouldn't use the words beach read to describe this book at all. This isn't a fluffy mindless entertainment while you soak up the rays at the beach. This is a gritty and raw story of a dysfunctional family.

Hannah Moskowitz is a very talented writer, I enjoy her minimalistic style. And after reading and loving her debut novel Break, I was very excited to read her sophomore novel, Invincible Summer. Unfortunatel
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Courtney Summers who want writing like hers from a guy's perspective.
Recommended to Alyssa by: Cory
~Invincible Summer: not your typical beach read, indeed. With its unfitting cover and delicate insides, this is a book to be taken seriously, and even if I have some very large issues with what lies at its core, do not mistake my ranting for dislike of the novel.~

This so very could have been one of my favourites. Everything I love about books – great main characters, family dynamics, friendships and “relationships” – was incorporated, tied up with the nice bow of stunning lyrical, minimalistic p
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I was expecting a type of beach read no matter what the description says. I was ok with emotional and maybe even a coming of age story. Because let's face it, summer can be that type of season. But, not matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get past some aspects of this novel.

I was ok with the time frame. 4 summer seasons and a lot can happen. But in all reality, it's the last summer that anything really monumental happens. Ok, maybe the very end of the 3rd as well...but it's the defying momen
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Initial Thoughts after Reading:

I don't even know to say about this book... For one, it was amazing and full of raw feelings. It made me angry, sad, and happy among other things. I am not even sure how I exactly feel about it all. However, I do know one thing: Hannah Moskowitz is one heck of an author.

Official Review:

I have been hearing amazing things about Hannah Moskowitz and her books since her first book was released in '09, and while I even have that said book in my TBR pile, I had not read
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Primary language spoken at home." Noah makes a face. "What does this mean? Our primary language? Gideon's? That's sort of why we're here..."
"Um, it's under family, so I'm guessing ours?"
"Well..." Noah lowers his pen. The paperwork has defeated him. "What's our primary language?"
"English? ASL? Physical affection?"
"Food?" Noah says.
"Food's a good guess."
He picks up the pen. "I'm writing food, comma passive aggressive."
"Good call."

This was my first Hannah Moskowitz book, and it definitely
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it

#1: Shit damn! These parents pissed me off! Did you just have 5 kids so they could all watch each other and you two sit on your butt? God, I hate babies raising babies and that is the impression I got from this book.

#2: Poor Chase. This guy can just not win. Between his brother constantly running off, his parents getting divorced, Melinda basically forcing him to have sex with her, his baby brother dying in the ocean and being the string that holds his family together, I don't kno
When I heard the words “beach read,” I tend to think of a light-hearted book that will make me smile without making me think deeply. Moskowitz’s sophomore novel Invincible Summer is a beach read in terms of its oceanside setting, but is also a novel that leaves readers with a lot to think about. This is the story of a family that is trying to say together as they grow older. While I didn’t connect with the plot one hundred percent, I found this to be a beautifully done work which nicely showcase ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a while ago and it's still stayed with me. There was so much depth to this book in the way the family members related to each other--the unofficial battle lines drawn, the way people are supposed to take care of each other, the prodigal son adored when he's around.

There's so much to love about this book...when you read it, it feels like you're sitting on a beach in Maryland. The beach is as much of a character as any of the people, and it works. Everything about it seemed real,
C Hellisen
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Oh my god.

I feel like I've been punched and punched and punched until there's no way for me to even think about breathing,

Disclaimer: I know Hannah in tronspace, and I have read a few paragraphs, lines and snippets of this book. And I thought it sounded good, but then I am a little in awe of Hannah's talent, to put it mildly.

But I was not expecting this.

This book is awful. Awe-ful. Brilliant. Horrible and ugly and fucked-up and delicious and beautiful and painfully honest.

I hate writing reviews,
The Short Version:
A great blend of light and hard emotion, with an unflinching realism and raw voice, Invincible Summer does a remarkable job of chronicling the life of one teenage boy across four summers. The transitions between the summers are smooth and clear, and the overall development in not only Chase but all the characters is astounding in scope and handled fantastically. The writing is easy and gives a strong voice to Chase, and the playout of the plot has so many twists and is filled w
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Oh holy crap. Like, really. This is a fantastic book. For anyone. To quote the book itself, I love it love it love it.

Cover: I'm going to admit, I played the "Which end is which?" game the first time I saw it. Once my mind was able to put it together, I haven't had any trouble with it. In fact, when I tried to see it the other way, it took a lot of work to see how I got it wrong again. About halfway through I was questioning the choice of gender being that our narrator is a teenage boy, but by
Shaun Hutchinson
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Intense pretension. Every single line was supposed to have this massive importance. I can't really handle reading something like that unless it's much shorter, as in a poem. It's hard to sustain that level of intensity. I realize that I'm not a teen anymore, and for better or worse, I no longer stay up at night paging through poetry and literature, passionately trying to understand just what is going on around me. I get the feeling that Invincible Summer is a result of our author doing just that ...more
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I have to say that this book just wasn’t for me. There appear to be a lot of people who did like it, but I found it dry, with very little actually occurring. The synopsis on Goodreads made me think it was mostly about summer love and growing up, but I found the book to have a very different feel from all of that.

I didn’t connect at ALL with any of the characters, which is a huge problem for someone like me who reads for character. Chase just didn’t come alive as a character for me. I didn’t unde
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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015's NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She ...more

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