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Summerlost by Ally Condie
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2016-ya-releases, audiobooks

Well, this made me ugly cry.

Such a beautiful meditation on friendship, growing up, and grief. There are few books I've read that so accurately mirrored my own experience losing my dad as a teenager. Cedar is younger than I was, but Condie's descriptions of grieving not only for the relationship you had but for the one you could have had hit me HARD. Cedar misses the things she knew about her father but aches when she realizes all that she didn't know - everything she never got to ask him. She also hurts knowing that there are things her father and brother never got to be because things were cut short. You hurt for what you lost, and then you hurt for what they lost.

At that point I paused the audiobook and cried for about twenty minutes as I drove home. I was probably a safety hazard, but dang, this book is beautiful.

Also, Summerlost is set at a thinly veiled Utah Shakespeare Festival, which makes it even more perfect.
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Reading Progress

March 30, 2016 – Shelved
March 30, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
June 25, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-ya-releases
February 17, 2017 – Started Reading
February 18, 2017 – Shelved as: audiobooks
February 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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