Review: Thirty Sunsets
I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso
Published by Flux on June 1, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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To Forrest Shephard, getting away to the family's beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian's obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them. Suddenly, Forrest's relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia's rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia's finicky eating isn't at all what Forrest expected. And over the next thirty days, Forrest's world is turned upside down as her family's darkest secrets begin to come to light.
I have just come back from one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen: Marino Ballena in Costa Rica. I am not much of a beach person but I love feeling the sand between my toes and hearing the waves roll up onto shore, and of course seeing the sun set on the horizon. After reading Thirty Sunsets I felt I was back on the beach listening to a story that swept me off my feet.
The story follows a sixteen year old girl named Forrest. She is going through high wondering if she will ever get a boyfriend but that soon leaves her mind when summer approaches and she is taking off to her family beach house. However, that feeling of happiness leaves when she finds out that Olivia, her brother’s girlfriend, is coming to spend the month with them. Things could not go worse but with the summer time comes secrets that will soon be revealed that will change the whole trip.
Forrest is a typical girl who has a crush on the cutest guy in school and goes thinking that she wishes she was noticed. She does not like Olivia because of what she has been hearing about her and her title as head cheerleader but over time, Forrest will come to know of some things that will open her eyes. Forrest goes through an ordeal that makes her a stronger person but it is something that I would never wish on anyone.
Olivia for me was a person I thought I was going to hate but she ended being one of my favorite characters throughout the book. Rumors can really give someone a bad image and I feel that is what happened with Olivia. You always have to think about that saying “Never Judge a Book by its Cover.”
Secrets just filled this book. I fill that there are some secrets I understood why they kept to themselves but there was a couple where I felt that they needed to know. Even though nothing should change, it is better for a person to find out from that person rather than hear it from someone else.
Overall Christine Deriso writes a compelling summer read that will surely capture your heart. A read that will have you holding on till the end, Thirty Sunsets was truly marvelous.
I give this book 5 bites!