Title: Invincible Summer
Author: Hannah Moscowitz
Expected publication: April 19th 2011 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours
Summary: "Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?
Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....
Not your typical beach read."
Thoughts: Where to start. I wanted to love this book. I really did, but it just didn't happen. From the pacing, to the character developement, to even the story line itself, Invincible Summer just fell a little (for lack of a better word) flat.
I had a few issues with not just some, but all of the relationships in the book, especially with Noah and Chase's relationship. Though brothers, their bond is just too odd for me. I understand loving and being close to your siblings, but they were TOO close. I especially felt this way when it came to their neighbor, Miranda. Plus, the way Chase always thinks about Noah and misses him, even though Noah has only been away a few hours or days? To me, this came off as borderline obessive and not very believable. Younger brothers look up to their older brothers all their life, but doesn't that "missing phase" end at puberty? I'm not a brother, but I have one, and I think I stopped missing him/following him around when I turned 7.
Something I did enjoy was how the book breaks down into 4 parts. It starts with Chase's 15th summer at the summer house and ends with his 18th. I love that and found this to be a very original concept. I just wish Chase progressed more as a character. At 18, he still felt like the same as he did when the book starts with him turning 15. I guess it's because he's Chase "Everboy" McGill.
And the cover? Love it! Doesn't it make you want to do crunches until you pass out? I not-so secretly wish I was at the beach right now (not Galveston!).
On a funny, random note, the character Shannon? For the longest time, I thought this person was a girl and wondered why Chase was chasing Bella instead of Shannon or not going after both. They're twins after all. It took about 80 pages before my question was answered. Shannon is a boy. Somehow I missed this. Shame on me, I know.
Anyway, though Invincible Summer was not the book for me, this doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't check it out. It may be the summer read you're looking for. In fact, it has a very high rating on Goodreads, and I am very much in the minority. I also think Hannah is a very gifted writer and plan on reading her future publications. I may not enjoy the concept behind Invisible Summer, but I still think it's a well written book that other people may, would or already do enjoy.