Review: Seventeenth Summer
Title: Seventeenth Summer
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Maureen Daly
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: First pub 1942, re-pub in April 27, 2010
“A summer to remember…
Angie always thought high school romances were just silly infatuations that come and go. She certainly never thought she would fall in love over one short summer. But when she meets Jack, their connection is beyond any childish crush. Suddenly, Angie and Jack are filling their summer with stolen moments and romantic nights. But as fall grows closer, they must figure out if their love is forever, or just a summer they’ll never forget.”
You know, at first I had a hard time reading this book. It did take me a while to get into it. The reason being that is it not the normal book I would pick up. It was first published in 1942, so the dating experiences back then were much stricter and of course very different. But after really getting into the book and into the setting, or feel of it, I came to enjoy it.
Angie is a good, traditional girl that does not believe in high school crushes, nor does she see that it will last. This summer changed everything for her. I loved how Angie is. She is such a innocent girl that in dating she made me laugh. She had no idea what do or how to act. I love to see her flaws. She is a simple girl who doesn’t ask for much, but loves greatly. I like that her family is very much involved in her life and takes part in what she does. Though at times, they do embarrass her.
The love interest, for me, I just didn’t feel it the way I wanted to. They went out on dates, has misunderstandings, but I feel, that as the reader, I couldn’t grasp their love. I read it in their words, but could not feel it in their emotions. I like that they took each other seriously in family, business, dinner etc. And that they were on the same page. They loved each other!
Overall, this is good read. This was set in the early 50’s, so it was good to see teen relationship from a different time. I have never read something like this that was so in depth in it. If you want a good teen read of a different time, pick this book up!
I give it 3 BITES!