The descriptions were luxuriously luminous, and never felt overwrought to me. It should have been quite boring actually, added on to the fact that there were no surprises in this Are you surprised by the three-star rating? Just as An Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, without giving any spoilers, let me just say that the ending is perfect. I couldn't connect to Angie at all. At the end Angie leaves for college and both of them had a heart-breaking goodbye. Even though Angie's family thinks she should be with someone more sophisticated and with a brighter future, Angie knows Jack is the right one for her.
I hardly felt anything with their relationship. She would say how disgusted she was with Jack's eating habits, or his family, and I don't understand why it matters? I didn't connect with the characters, and I really didn't see the romance in it. . Anna didn't regret anything she had done that summer, she loved every moment she spent it with him, that was a summer that she would never forget. Seventeenth Summer tells the story of a girl struggling with her first relationship, the complications that went with it, as well as getting ready to go off to college.
Most dates in generally are not suave and sexy, they take a whole lotta work and a whole lotta fretting at least from my experience. You can practically feel the sand between your toes and the warmth of the sun on your arms and the coldness of Anna's Pineapple Ginger Ale ice cream melting in your mouth. If you're looking for a light, fluffy, first-love-and-ice-cream kind of read for summer vacation, Sixteenth Summer is perfect. But Angie started imagining thing that could happen or would happen, and it was just really confusing and frustrating that i just wanted her to get a grip. And I know what it is like to meet that one guy that makes you want to stay. I liked the setting and the overall summer feeling to this book.
After all to Daly it wasn't history, it was just her life. The issue is: it's kind of dull. I could better understand how her sister had fallen in love than how Angie had. With that said, at times I thought the story was a bit too detailed and bored me at times. The novel ends with Angie leaving for college and the two have a heartfelt goodbye. He is rude, always asking her out at the last minute and finally standing her up and disappearing.
She changes though, everyone notices it, she changes for the better, she seemed much happier after she got with Will, she thinks differently, and acts differently. It was left lingering without those empty promises of whats to come. I liked it so much that I read this book really fast for me. At first, I was frustrated with her because she thought so much that it made my head hurt. I like well written description and believe that it definitely can make a book, when used appropriately. Soon they are dating and they spend as much time together as possible.
But more than that it reminded me of the last time I fell in love, and it was both scary and exciting to see my memories brought somehow back to life. But more than that it reminded me of the last time I fell in love, and it was both scary and exciting to see my memories brought somehow back to life. This is a book that is prose heavy - lots of lyrical description which isn't unusual for the time period. When Angie and Jack fall in love the summer after their high school graduation Angie is slowly changed into what she never was before. Also, having spent a great deal of time in and around Fond du Lac where this takes place, I felt like I was home again, seeing things that exist there still today - the marina and lighthouse for example. Both Will and Anna were such likable characters.
He suggests they are simply too old to continue the wonderful myth of an excellent summer lay-off season which depends upon youthful vigour and charm, coupled with a degree of insouciance and naivety. When Martin stands Lorraine up for a date on his birthday, she petulantly picks off the gilt initials from the wallet she had purchased for him. She would say how disgusted she was with Jack's eating habits, or his family, and I don't understand why it matters? For today's readership, it falls very flat. Which is weird because I feel like they talk maybe 5 times in the entire book, despite going on dates through the whole summer. When the time finally came she was destroyed, but she was happy, she was sad that he was going to leave, but she was happy because of the moments they had together, she would never forget him, his smell, his touch, and everything about him. It was not the typical happily ever after, but it was the right way to end the book, at least for me. There are also lovely moments with luxurious swims, encounters with crabs on the beach at night, a bittersweet baby sea turtle rescue, and a beautiful early morning moment that Anna shares with Will that I won't spoil with details, but will be familiar to anyone who's ever lived near a beach.
Overall I think Sixteenth Summer is a well written love story. But no one -- not even Angie's mother -- can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. Who were his friends there, what did he do, did he have a lot of ex-girlfriends, etc? They will take a ship sailing from Boston in four days. Entertainment is listening to the radio or going into town for a movie. Angie was a normal girl that didn't had high school crushes nor boyfriends.
There are no cells phone or internet, instead Angie and her still all wind up waiting by the one phone in the house hoping that their boys will call. Each scene flows beautifully into the next. The summer before she goes to college she has nothing to do over summer vacation, but then she meets Jack. Would it be better to have a few weeks of love and bliss only to have to let it go, or should she break it off before she gets her heart broken? I'm sorry, but not even Twilight has brought this kind of feeling. Sometimes, it just about a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him not to smash her sandcastle. I grew up in small town Wisconsin in the 1970's - and to be honest, this kind of life was not that different from what I experienced so much of the time. While she dates a lot in college she does not date very much when she comes back home.