Invincible Summer

Invincible Summer

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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....
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 269 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 23mm | 249g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 1442407514
  • 9781442407510
  • 272,478

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"The dreamy alternate world of summer vacations provides the backdrop for this soulful look at the growing pains of a single, outwardly normal family....In four sections, each one year apart, Moskowitz delivers a series of scenes--some so brief and spare you'd almost have to call them 'moments'--that communicate Chase's aching awareness of the passage of valuable time....Coming off the edgy Break, this is surprisingly breezy, and you have to commend Moskowitz for her commitment to writing sensitive books with male protagonists." -Booklist
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2,162 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 29% (637)
4 25% (548)
3 25% (541)
2 12% (263)
1 8% (173)

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INVINCIBLE SUMMER tells the story of two families and four summers around protagonist Chase. The character cast is made up of the parents and the seven kids Melinda, Chase, Gideon, Claudia, Noah, Shannon and Bella and that would be it. The diversity of characters is low and I cannot think of many secondary characters at the moment. The story always circles around them, what they are doing, or not doing. The protagonist Chase shows how one can age and still stay the same. His voice always felt the same although he grew and became four years older over the course of INVINCIBLE SUMMER. But I was lucky that Hannah made him the person we always related to, because he was the one person I liked the most, because he has courage. These families do have grave problems and the kids are troubled in many ways. Often I couldn't comprehend the actions and thoughts of several protagonists. Throughout the whole novel I never felt a connection to the other siblings and their friends. Their behaviour mostly annoyed me and sometimes even made me angry. Nevertheless I really appreciate that Moskowitz included a character like Gideon. He is the brother of Chase and is deaf. I can imagine living with a deaf sibling is everything but easy. His character added some more emotions to the story. INVINCIBLE SUMMER is everything but a light summer read. Throughout the whole novel the kids keep quoting Camus, which can seem wise and cool in an occasion or so, but not if every chapter has numerous Camus references in it. The words seem way too big for the characters and made the story feel so dragging. In my opinion there were too many references, but that's just because I'm no one who enjoys philosophical debates. Then INVINCIBLE SUMMER also didn't feel like a standalone novel, but like the second in a series. It misses to establish a connection to characters and setting like a first novel in a series and also didn't bring the story to a satisfying end like a third novel would do. It's like the second novel that serves as connection between first and third. THE VERDICT I wouldn't recommend INVINCIBLE SUMMER as a light summer lecture, because it simply isn't. Mostly it feels dragging and too heavy for the characters to carry. It's more a collection of often incomprehensible actions and events than a coherent and enjoyable story. You should still read it if you are interested in exploring the connections between the two families and the tragic and confused personalities of their more
by MissPageTurner
I really loved this read. It definitely was not what I was expecting. Especially the writing by Hannah Moskowitz. It was really, really well written. I expected the typical summer romance between the protagonist and a girl he met somewhere along the way and then they fell in love and whatnot. But no, it was so much more. It was definitely an emotional read. I cried more than once I have to tell you! What I really loved though, is how thought-provoking it was. As the characters developed - which they did really well - they learnt things about themselves and about life in general which I felt like I was learning right along with them without actually experiencing what happens in the book. Back to the writing though, it was absolutely breathtaking. It added to everything that happens in the plot and it has such a blunt feel to it that it made the read really realistic and relatable. I loved the characters in Invincible Summers too. They all had their own distinct personalities, their own way of thinking, their own traits. They were all likeable in their own way. Especially Gideon, Chase's deaf younger brother. Seriously fell in love with him! This is definitely 'not your typical beach read'. The summary is sort of misleading I guess. It sort of doesn't do the book justice. All in all though, Invincible Summers is a brilliant read that I more than recommend. Please go out and get it!!!show more
by Maryam H
When we meet Chase, he is 14 going on 15. This book chronicles four of his summers at his family's beach retreat. Poor Chase, who doesn't manage to have a single birthday that isn't ruined or side-tracked by something else happening. Ms. Moskowitz is an amazing writer; let me get out of the way right now. She is. Her writing is what kept me reading. This novel has some amazing moments, and there are times when I felt myself caught up in the action that was happening right then. But ... there's s_x, a lot of it. A lot of gratuitous s_x. And even a pretty horrid love triangle. And an older brother who disappears often ... for no real reason. And pretty dysfunctional parents. And a little sister who's all s_xed-up too. But there's also a deaf little brother who is adorable and well-loved by his siblings. But .. there's parents who foist their younger children off on their older children and don't really pay attention to where the kids are going and to what they are doing. I'm not a helicopter mom, but I've always thought it unfair to fob my younger kids off on the older ones. I didn't like the irresponsibility of the parents, and what happens in this book simply reinforces my belief that parents should watch their own little ones. And Chase is rather whiny and unlikeable. So, I read the whole book and didn't like the characters and much of the plot. There were some amazing moments, but not enough to redeem the rest. Written for teens and young adults 14 and older. QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): I know I'm only 15, but I'm going to bed every night terrified that I'm going to die a virgin if I don't have s_x right now. I don't think I've ever needed anything this badly. It's almost terrifying. I'm addicted to something I've never tried. Book Rating: 2.5 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
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