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Lying About Last Summer

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While there she meets other mildly damaged teens while coming to terms with her own loss and mistakes, occasionally dipping back into the past to explain what really happened when her sister died. Skye’s sister, Luisa, died in a tragic accident last summer and Skye is still struggling to come to terms with both the events she witnessed and the loss of her sister.

I also like how Fay's vulnerability is portrayed, and the multi-layered personality of Luisa during the flashbacks. Not only, Skye has to contend with her new roommates Fay and Danielle, and that comes with its own set of issues, but she now is receiving text messages from Luisa, from beyond the grave. Books about death aren’t for me”, just hear me out, because “Lying About Last Summer” is everything but a grim story. After Oxford Brookes University (I was one of the first people to do their publishing degree), I became a magazine journalist. With a bit more refinement and a stronger setting, it would have been better, but still an enjoyable read.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. What really made this book amazing is where I was having trouble trying to work it all out, and the outcome came so unexpected and for me that's what a thriller is all about! 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. Anyways, Skye is a character I can relate to, kind yet she keeps her emotions in, little soppy and over the top at some points but she's someone you could imagine as your best friend. It also uses flashbacks to conjure up some powerful imagery, which will act as one of my most abiding memories of the book.

The main character skye was a lovely character who i found reacted well to everything that happened to her within the book. 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. It's a quick fab read that is soaked with tense suspense, realistic characters, sun drenched in mystery and shines brightly with beautiful writing.Rather than erasing all thoughts of the past, Skye finds herself having to confront her worst fears. Sharing a room with sensitive and nervy Fay and spunky Dani, the other members of the group include surfer dude and highly sanctimonious, Joe, and ‘trying too hard to be different’ hunky Brandon. To see what really happened to Luisa was chilling, it seemed kind of too extreme for the book, which is a crazy thing to say, but when you think of Skye's life, and they're idyllic little house, it's hard to see it all going wrong, not helped by the fact Skye starts receiving text messages from Luisa, or so it seems? I liked the choice of setting too, a bereavement camp for grieving teens allowing to put several teens in one place making each one a possible suspect. A quick read that's enjoyable enough, I just feel like there's so much out there that's similar, none of it was new or surprising.

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. 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! We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

You may think that this piece has all the ingredients of your typical young adult thriller novel, however I personally feel that it is more a story of courage. Skye is funny and very likeable, the kind of heroine you find yourself rooting for from the very start - and though she's utterly believable as a teenager of 2016, her thoughts and feelings are achingly recognisable to those of us whose teenage years are long behind us too. However, once she is at the camp she starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister. What I found to be interesting here is how very different Skye was and how much had changed since her sister passed on.

I had Joe pegged as the bad guy, he riled me up something chronic, and there was just something about him that I didn't trust or believe, you know when you just get a feeling about someone? Having read and enjoyed Sue Wallman’s other two YA novels earlier in the year, I always expected to like this one. The holidays are here and we're celebrating with this list of brilliant books that are perfect summer reading. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but the last thing Sky wants to do is think about the past. Overall, I rate it 3 stars, probably because I liked the plot but the execution for me was a little off.Alternatively, if it’s the beautiful writing and characterisation that appeals, you must read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Quando cometemos um erro temos de aprender com ele e quando somos confrontados com uma situação similar temos a oportunidade de não o repetir. 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.

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