Review: Five Summers

May •  24 •  2013
Review: Five SummersFive Summers by Una LaMarche
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Razorbill on May 16th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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Four best friends, five summers of camp memories.

The summer we were nine: Emma was branded “Skylar’s friend Emma” by the infamous Adam Loring...
The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth...
The summer we were eleven: Johanna totally freaked out during her first game of Spin the Bottle...
The summer we were twelve: Skylar’s love letters from her boyfriend back home were exciting to all of us—except Skylar...
Our last summer together: Emma and Adam almost kissed. Jo found out Maddie’s secret. Skylar did something unthinkable... and whether we knew it then or not, five summers of friendship began to fall apart.

Three years after the fateful last night of camp, the four of us are coming back to camp for reunion weekend—and for a second chance. Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Anne Brashares and Judy Blume's Summer Sisters.

Starting my summer reading pile, picking up this story is the best way to start.

1. Plot. This story is told between 4 best friends. There are enough point of view switches for the reader to gather all of the information needed with out feeling lost. It’s paced nicely and pulls you in quickly within the first few chapters.

2. Characters. Each girl is defined nicely. You have the innocent girl, the quite girl, the party girl and the shy girl. The author did a great job in creating a different voice for each character, each of them facing their own share of battles and life questions.

3. Drama. OMG! I totally loved the drama in the book. The build to secrets revealed, the hurt and lies that the girls thought they knew each other and they didn’t. Not to mention some of the lines made me want to grab some popcorn! CAT FIGHT!!!

4. Boys. There are several boys that get involved with the girls lives.  The boys changed their lives forever in both good and bad ways.

5. Ending. I did not like how it ended. Okay wait, let me backtrack here. It ended fine, but what disappointed me was having the story build up to such a big girl fight for it to all come together so quickly, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER! (insert sarcasm here). Yeah, I would have much rather have girls leave on a bitter, sad note then come back a few years later and then make up. Know what I’m sayin’?

Overall, this is a great summer read. The feel of the summer camp fire, the splash of water and the summer games. It takes me back when I went to camp. Perfect for those who want a summer read to start off with a bang, Five Summers is great.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!




  1. Candace
    May 24, 2013

    I’ve totally been in the mood for summer reads! I don’t think I heard of this one before but sounds like a good one for the summer reading list!

    • Savannah
      May 24, 2013

      It’s a great read! If you get a chance to read it, let me know!

  2. Melissa Robles
    May 24, 2013

    Though I haven’t read this book (sounds like a nice read), I have to agree that it’s best for a bittersweet ending than an almost impossible one (we certainly know how to forgive but not forget). Thanks for the review, I will add this to me ever growing TBR list, and hopefully will get to read this soon on summer! 😀

    • Savannah
      May 24, 2013

      Exactly! It was like they all forget about the backstabbing things they did. I just felt that would never happen in real life. While it’s great that they came together in the end, I just felt like it all come together way too soon.

  3. Thank you for the review! I don’t think–that I can recall–I’ve seen any other reviews of this book, yet. When I first heard about it a few months ago, I was on the fence. It seemed like it could be a very good story, but it also seemed like it may have the potential to end up being more of a sappy soap opera. It seems like it ended up having the good, “Oh snap. No she didn’t!” kind of drama, though! It also appears to have all the other elements I love about summer reads! I’ll definitely have to read it, now 🙂

    • Savannah
      May 24, 2013

      YUP! It definitely had moments where I was like,” Pass the popcorn!” LOL

  4. Oh don’t think this one is for me. I’m not big on the drama, but I am a huge ending girl. So, if the ending was not good… it’s not for me. Brilly review tho!

    • Savannah
      May 24, 2013

      Thanks Melissa 🙂

  5. Wendy Darling
    May 24, 2013

    I only peeked at your rating because I’m about to read this soon, but yay–4 stars! I love summery books, and I’m hoping this one fits the bill for a sunny afternoon. 🙂

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden