This book tells the story of four very different girls who are thrown together in a summer book club with their moms to read and get ahead in AP English for the next school year. None of the girls are very excited by this. CeeCee is the resident popular girl, and although her behavior is ridiculous at times, I grew to like her. Some of the things she said and did actually made me laugh out loud. Jill is the overachiever who has to be tough on herself because her parent’s can stand to be, Wallis has mysterious life circumstances that fascinate the girls but worry the mothers and Adrienne is stuck at home with a broken kneecap and a lot of questions about her absent father. There is actually a lot going on this story and the book club readings are intertwined with the misadventures that the girls get involved in over the summer. Through each book and book club member we get a picture of everyone’s life through Adrienne’s eyes.
The story lost some direction in the second half, but it was saved by Adrienne’s voice, which I loved, and some very honest conversations between Adrienne and her mom. I got the feeling that these girls were all a little misplaced in their own way. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I enjoyed Adrienne and her dry sense of humor. It was refreshing to read a book where the protagonist wasn’t trying to be popular or get the cute guy. Instead, it was more of a snapshot of the kind of summer that you might lament at the time, but will grow to appreciate as the years go on.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.