Author: Hannah MoskowitzRelease: April 19, 2011Publisher: Simon PulseRating: 4.5/5
- For a book about summer, it was very profound. It was emotional and thought provoking. Nothing that I was expecting.
- The main character, Chase, was an absolute treat. His character was raw and honest. He cared about one of the most important things in life above all else: family. The story was told over 3 summers and the character development is clearly there. He's a completely different person at the end of the novel.
- Gideon, Chase's deaf younger brother, stole my heart. He added depth and heart wrenching emotion to the novel. For a seven year old, he was wise. Much more wise than I was at seven.
- All of the characters were diverse and their personalities just fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. They all influenced each other in one or another and they all developed as characters because of those influences.
- The writing just sucked me in. Probably because it's similar to the way I talk in my head. I was able to just breeze through the pages without any discrepancies.
- Although it was an emotional read, I was still satisfied with summeriness (it's not a word but it's effective!) When summer rolls around, I tend to yearn for summer-y novels and I swear I was able to feel the sand between my toes while I read Invincible Summer.
- This novel was able to make me laugh one second and choke up with sadness in the next. Roller coaster ride of emotions? I think so!
- The plot never faltered. It moved at a steady pace to match the characters and the high strung emotions.
- Chase's younger sister Claudia was a bit bleh to me in the beginning. She was too...sexual for her age, I guess. But that actually changes over the four summers. She, like the rest of the characters, grows and matures because of the trials she faces. This isn't really a dislike though, more like a minor irritation that goes away.
- The constant quoting of Cadmus quotes was a bit unrealistic but the quotes fit into the book perfectly so...*shrugs*
To Sum It Up
- My favourite quote: "There is no going back, so fuck you, universe." Leave it to Chase to say something profound while flipping the middle finger to the universe. That's why I love him.
- Definitely not a light summer read. Highly emotional and nerve wracking.
- Perfect character development and plot.
- Cover and synopsis are pretty misleading. Don't judge this book based on the cover.
*Thank you Galley Grab! Recieved an arc...honest review..blah blah blah.