The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls
by Jessica Spotswood
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.
Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?
Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…
Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?
As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.
I Received an ARC for an Honest Review
I gave this book 4 stars. If you want to read a good coming of age book, this is for you. If you want to be happy at the end of a book, this one is for you. If you are a teenage girl trying to figure out where to go from there, this book is for you.
I’ve never read Little Women, but I feel like this is what it would have felt like with the four sisters who are all completely different. I loved how they all had names from Shakespeare plays, Desdemona, Beatrice, Katharina, and Viola. I think it would be so cool to have cohesive names like that.
I loved how each of the sisters was going through a different and realistic struggle. Des was trying to get out of the box because she was tired of people thinking she was boring. Bea is afraid of going along with the plan she’s had for the past 3 years because that’s no longer what she wants. Kat has a lot of self-esteem issues and thinks she can change her cheating ex. and Viola has a crush on the girl next door and is terrified her feelings won’t be reciprocated.
This book is around 300 pages, but it reads so quickly. Despite the characters going through some heavy things, the novel is actually really light. It’s a very Summery contemporary.
What I love is that this book is going to be released just in time for the Summer. This will be the perfect book to read on the beach.