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This novel is a fun, fast paced and attractive read. The core characters are all well rounded, likeable and relatable. I genuinely cared, and almost felt involved, with the personal journey of each character. Every character had qualities - whether they be good or bad - that resonated with me, and I think this will be true for many teenage girls (that's not to say that a boy couldn't give it a go!)
Due to the fact that the story takes place over the summer - the first summer in the teens' lives they spend away from each other - there are not many points within the plot in which they are all together. Given that they are supposed to be hopelessly close, I was surprised at how many snide comments the girls make towards their "sisters" in the opening "scene". I found it a little confusing, and while I am fully aware that sometimes the best friendships are the ones filled with the most teasing, it felt like it was something other than that, leaving me with the concern that Brashares had no fixed, confident idea of their dynamic and how they would interact. However, given that their bond is convincingly portrayed through their letters later on, this is not a huge concern.
It is complete with wit and humour. Brashares successfully manages to bridge the gap between read-on-the-beach chic lit (though I'm not sure I appreciate that term!) and fine literature. It is fun, easy and accessible while filled with insight and sharp observations. Another thing that sets it apart from your typical novel aimed at teenage girls is the fact that it is not centred around body image and boy issues. It focuses more on discovering one's self through trying times and entering into the unknown.
As you have likely already deduced, I would definitely recommend this, particularly for young girls and women! :)
I watched the movie first them started reading the books. Its a very 'feel good' story! Teenagers finding the hardship of growing up and coping with it. Friendship, love, losses all the 'great' stuff we go through on our lives. I really love this books and more often than not catch myself shedding some tears during the read!
Very well written, loved every word. Had me hooked from start to finish. The moment I finished it I immediately bought the second book. So what u waiting for go buy it now!!! <3 :) although wish my fave character ( Bridget) was in it a bit more xoxoxo