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Lying About Last Summer

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I would loved to have seen more of Toby, who appears mainly in flashbacks, but who in just a few short scenes made me smile and maybe swoon a little, but don't tell anyone. Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Tym samym powieść nie ma przygnębiającego wydźwięku, ale w zamian poczucie narastającego zagrożenia i rosnącej tajemnicy, zagadki, na której rozwiązanie czeka się z prawdziwą niecierpliwością. Although they are covered sensitively, if any of these things are likely to trigger a negative reaction, then it may be a good idea to skip this book. Overall, I'm left feeling a bit let down, the basis of the book sounded so good, but yeah, it's kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

The courage and strength to want to live and move beyond the pain and debilitating feelings that come with grief. The story is told in a present-tense first-person narrative, but I thought it would make more sense if the 'last summer' chapters were told in a past-tense. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? However, once she is at the camp she starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister. This book explores a very wide range of themes, which are extremely prominent throughout, and act as an effective series of underlying messages within the overall plot.

It has been said and often quoted that “No parent should have to bury a child…”, however and following the same line of thoughts, no child should have to bury a sibling, and in teenager Skye’s situation she’s had to suffer that fate with a whole lot of guilt. Pitched perfectly at a YA audience of 12-16, the synopsis does this novel a disservice by misrepresenting it as throwaway horror novel for the teen market, when in actual fact this is a multi-layered and astute novel of a teenage girls bereavement. Lying About Last Summer is one of those books that sucks you in, and doesn't let you go until you've finished it. When the mysterious text messages started (printed in bold on the page) I had to give myself a telling off for flicking ahead in the book to read what else was said between the two.

Her mother forces her to join a summer camp for 'bereaved' kids with thrilling adventures and positivity and lessons on blithe. Just as Skye is getting to grips with the touchy-feely ethos of Morley Hill whilst simultaneously trying to be blasé about her phobia surrounding water, a series of strange text messages sent from a private group chat app that only she and Luisa have access to appear on her mobile phone. This makes me sad because I really did get into it and enjoyed the first portion, I wanted more from it and it unfortunately didn't deliver. I got into this quickly, to be honest I have to be fair the introduced part with her sister and all that was good, but come on, you seriously wouldn't think anyone else was in the house- did she even own it?While I do wish that it had been a little longer, so there would have been more time to explore the characters in-depth, the pages were jam-packed with a pacy plot and unexpected revelations to keep me completely enthralled from start to finish. I came across Sue Wallman’s books about six months ago when I was browsing through YA, and have now read all three. The messages that the book was based around i found creepy at the beginning but then i got used to it. In a narrative which doesn’t ever get close to being preachy the teenager cast speak in the believable lazy text-speak of today and the novel can be read and throughly enjoyed as a simple thriller without any of the deeper concepts getting in the way of a character driven story. Even the other characters in this book are brilliantly well crafted and completely relatable and with realistic flaws and all.

There she meets an assortment of characters, including shy and retiring Fay, and strange, angry Joe.It is a mixture of harsh reality and poignancy, and I found this aspect of the book to be very believable and well-written, tying in smartly with the concept as a whole. Even the Big Twist was foreshadowed to death (bad pun but I can't think of a better term right now) and fell a bit flat. Skye emerges as a good heroine, it is full of teenage characters who all have their own personal stories to tell. I don't want to go to much into the characters through fear of spoilers, but I as well as Skye suspected everyone throughout the book! Guilt stemming from her belief that she did not do anything when she could have saved her sister Luisa, if only she had not remained frozen on the spot and unable to move watching the events unfolding in front of her.

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