Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Review! The Summer of Skinny Dipping

The Summer of Skinny Dipping
Amanda Howells
Sourcebooks Fire 
June 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 1402238622
ISBN-13: 978-1402238628

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Mia Gordon is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives, her cousins are distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever.
That's when she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. Simon isn't like the snobby party boys her cousins seem obsessed with; he's funny, artistic, and utterly adventurous. And from the very first time he encourages Mia to go skinny-dipping, she's caught up in a current impossible to resist.
The Summer of Skinny Dipping is Howells' debut book and an absolute wonderful one. Mia's always been a bit of an outsider in her world and the only person who has really made her feel like it's okay to be herself is her cousin, Corinne. So when she founds out that she's going to be spending her summer vacation with her favorite cousin and her fairytale-storybook-happy parents, she can't wait! However, she quickly founds out that Corinne has changed, and not for the better. 
Feeling alone and isolated, she meets Simon, which is her quirky neighbor and they strike up a somewhat odd friendship. Mia and Simon easily become really close, he understands her. Simon teaches Mia to be more spontaneous about life and soon enough, Mia founds herself having the best summer ever.
This is no fluffy beach read and I admit that at first, that's exactly what I thought it would be... And that's what I wanted. However, this is such a lovely story about a girl getting to know herself and while I wasn't prepared for the story, I more than enjoyed it. The Summer of Skinny Dipping is a highly romantic, funny and yes, tearful story about love and life and I'll definitely be checking out more of Howells' future books. 
Lush Rating: 4!


Katiebabs/ KB said...

I read this on my cruise and felt it was a solid "B" grade. Made me long for the beach.

Smokinhotbooks said...

Is this YA?

I can't read while at the beach I end up getting sand all over my book and then I get pissed off. Plus holding a book and sucking in my stomach muscles to look good in my bathing suit is hard work.

Wendy said...

Kb, glad to hear you liked it, the story definitely made me want to go to the beach. KC, yup this is a ya book. Oh, i totally know what you mean! Which is why i think it's always important to have a cabana boy.. He can hold your book! Among with other things. What? (sorry this reply probably looks weird, i'm using my phone)

Robby said...

This is the second review I've read that has said this book wasn't as light as they expected. I'm even more interested in this than I was before. Thanks! :D

Wendy said...

You're welcome, Robby! :)

He can Chapter-32 me anytime!

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