Elin Hilderbrand has summer reads DOWN!
This novel centers around a car crash the night of Nantucket High School’s graduation. The crash left a popular high school student dead, her twin brother in a coma and two others physically unhurt. As the story unfolds and is told by a variety of different characters, we learn about the events leading up to the tragic crash and how each character copes with the aftermath.
Like I said before, Elin Hilderband has writing summer reading books down to a science. I’ve read two other books of hers and liked both. They have all taken place in Nantucket (which screams summer beach read to me) and really make me want to visit to see everything for myself (even though I have it all pictured in my head). I read this book in Italy while we were traveling between cities and during Cecilia’s naps. I moved through it super quickly and only wish I could have been on an Italian beach with an Aperol Spritz in hand 🙂 Even though I said this book screams summer, it revolves around a deep topic and follows the characters on their personal emotional rollercoasters. I enjoyed how the story was told and unraveled and while the characters were incredibly flawed and downright unlikable at some points, I did root for each one and was happy where they ended up. For how turned upside down everyone’s life was during this book, I thought things got wrapped up a little too nicely. Normally this really bugs me, since life doesn’t always wrap up loose ends cleanly, but probably because I was on vacation, I thought it worked fine for this book. If you’re in need of a great beach read or anytime-of-year vacation read, pick this one up!
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Bridges by Maria Murnane
A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
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