About the book:
Title: Two Summers
Author: Aimee Friedman
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, realistic fiction, romance, young adult
ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . .
ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . .
When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue — but nothing is as it seems.
In both summers, she will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. What may break her, though, is a terrible family secret, one she can’t hide from anywhere. In the end, it may just be the truth she needs the most.
Source: Bought at my school’s Scholastic book fair!
How I Found Out About It: Scholastic flyers distributed at my school
Review: I just loved this book so much! I adored that it showed both possibilities of Summer (not) answering her phone before boarding her plane to France, that was so cool! I loved the plot, as it was so interesting and it really drew me in! I could barely put it down, as the book sped up so quickly in both the New York and the France story! There were barely any slow scenes in the book. Basically, what happens in the book is that Summer and her mom live in New York, and her dad lives all the way in Paris, and only comes for brief visits sometimes. That summer, Summer had planned to go to France to pay him a visit, instead of him coming there. When she is about to board the airplane to start her journey, she receives a call from an unknown number, and then the story pretty much splits in half; into two different dimensions! One half was based on if she did answer the phone, and the other was if she didn’t. The phone call was from her dad and told (or in one half of the story; was supposed to tell) Summer that there had been a sudden change of plans and that summer probably wouldn’t be the best time for her to visit. If you want to know why, then I suggest you read the book, because if I tell you, it would be a HUGE spoiler! I really enjoyed the romance in both stories, Jacques in France, and Hugh in New York. They were both such nice guys, and Summer did not really have any problems in her relationships with them, like most romance books do. I can’t choose whether I liked the France or New York story better, as they were both amazing in their own ways, and Summer discovered her family’s huge secret anyway in both of them! If you would like a mostly light summery read with relatable characters, traveling, and cute romance, this book would be perfect for you! I would 100% recommend it!
Rating: 5/5 Stars!