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Summerlost by Ally Condie
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it was ok

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Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-Sampler via Penguin Young Readers Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I was really excited when I heard that Ally Condie (who wrote the Matched series) would be publishing her first middle grade book! I was even happier when I got an email from Netgalley about the sample. Unfortunately I will not be reading the whole book. Which is why I have marked this book as 'DNF'.

The book begins with Cedar and her family when they move into their new summer house. Her father and brother passed away last summer and her mother has decided to buy a house close to their family members. Cedar and her other brother Miles are happy about this because they like their Grandparents and Uncle Nick. And they can all talk about Ben and their father together.

While Cedar is sitting on the porch she sees a boy about her age riding a bike dressed in peasant clothes. She finds this odd but the boy rides off before she can even talk to him. Her mother comes and ushers Cedar into the house.

Over the next few days Cedar spends some time with her family. She and Miles play some games. And their family members come to visit. Cedar still sees the boy on the bike passing by. At the end of the sample Cedar decides to follow the boy.

The only reason I won't be reading the whole book is because of the writing style. The first time I read it the writing style sounded broken and the topic changes were weird. I didn't understand how this could be because I loved Condie's writing style in Matched. I read it two more times. While it sounded a bit better the writing style still bothered me. And I cannot bring myself to read the whole book.

However I did enjoy some things. I liked the relationship that Cedar had with her family. When it came to deciding rooms Cedar chose the room with a diamond window because the other room had a window seat and her mother loves window seats. I also liked how Cedar describes that her family is against labeling other people because it hurt Ben. It was really sweet. Unfortunately this was not enough to save the book.

Overall this was not a bad sample, just not well written. However I still recommend it. This sounds like a really sweet story with an emphasis on family and friendship.
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Reading Progress

February 1, 2016 – Shelved
February 1, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 22, 2016 – Started Reading
February 23, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Aj the Ravenous Reader I am honestly not a fan of the author's writing style, the same reason I didn't enjoy her dystopian series. But at least you tried. Great job, Fatima.^^

Fafa's Book Corner @Aj I see. I was so sad that I didn't like this. Maybe if her writing style improves I'll try her next book. If there is going to be another book. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like Matched.

Thank you :)

Fafa's Book Corner @Tess Thank you :)

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Manojkumar Srivastava I do agree.

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