Fiction · In the Library · Quick Read! · Sadie J

Summerland | by Elin Hilderbrand

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
(Reagan Arthur Books, 2012, 400 pages)

The small island of Nantucket is shocked when four teens are involved in a summer car accident. The driver, Penny Alistair, has died and her twin brother, Hobby, is in a coma with multiple fractures. Penny’s boyfriend, Jake, and their friend Demeter walk away from the accident with only guilt and loss to show for it. Everyone starts to wonder if they had a part in Penny’s rage that caused her to drive too fast the night of the accident. The only person who knows what caused Penny’s erratic behavior is Demeter and she’s making sure she forgets the accident ever happened.

This was definitely a fast and quick read with a lot of emotion packed in. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and the story is told through almost every character’s point of view, even from the town of Nantucket. The character’s lives are nicely weaved together which makes it easier to keep track of what is happening in each character’s life. I enjoyed the story but it made me miss summer a little too much!


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