THE FOREVER SUMMER by Jamie Brenner

SUMEER

Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it’s paid off: at twenty-eight she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and the hard-won admiration of her father. But one moment of weakness leaves Marin unemployed and alone, all in a single day. Then a woman claiming to be Marin’s half-sister shows up, and it’s all Marin can do not to break down completely. Seeking escape, Marin agrees to a road trip to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. As the summer unfolds at her grandmother’s quaint beachside B&B, it becomes clear that the truth of her half-sister is just the beginning of revelations that will change Marin’s life forever.

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Sex:

Sex is talked about throughout the book. It doesn't go into a lot of graphic detail, but you know exactly what is going on. Sexual situations involving alternative lifestyles are also talked about.

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Alcohol/Drugs:

There is also a small amount of drug use talked about in the book. No direct use by the main characters though.

Alternative Lifestyle/LGBT:

This book has a lot of alternative lifestyle content. In fact, one of the main relationships involved a lesbian couple. What is most disturbing is the way in which the relationship started. I nearly stopped reading it due to the disturbing context.

Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour, Disrespect Loving Authority Figures

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Would I recommend this book for...
Teenagers?No
Adults?No

Comments: This was a work book club pick, and I just wasn't feeling it. I finished it so that I could participate in the group discussion, but I really had to force myself to keep reading. I just couldn't get over the shock of what caused the chasm between Amelia and her children. Plus, Amelia was really the only character that I connected with, and she did something that I would consider a severe betrayal to her kids. I thought infidelity was treated very lightly in this book, but what really caused me to knock down my rating to two stars was the near glamorizing of suicide. There were so many aspects of suicide that weren't discussed, and the impact it would have on a family wasn't nearly addressed. I would at least have liked to have seen characters struggle with feelings of abandonment in the novel, especially with the way in which suicide was presented in the novel. Unless you are okay with reading about very alternative lifestyles, I would recommend skipping this one.

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