So I read this one on two puddle jumping flights to the wilds of gnat country. And now begins my April of discontent aka traveling for work constantly. This is what derailed my Cannonball last year, but this year I’m just going to skip any of the books I read that I don’t have much to say about. It’s going to work way better, I promise. And I do have thoughts on We Were Liars.
So I heard about this book last summer, I think? I heard it was a mystery so since then I’ve going around avoiding learning anything about it till it could come up on my library wait list. Come February it comes up, but then a pipe bursts, the library is closed for a week, and I miss my chance. At least now everyone has read it so I only had to wait till April this time! And one week before I got it I went to book club, and had the entire ending casually spoiled! Ugh. The fates aligned against me on this one. It was still okay though.
This is the story of the Sinclair family. They’re part of the ultra-rich Americans who summer off the coast of Massachusetts a la the Kennedy’s etc. This story is about the third generation growing up and their teenage years: Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and almost family but not quite Gat. It’s about their summers together on the island, but specifically surrounding the events of summer fifteen. What occurred that summer is the mystery discovered and solved over the course of the novel. Unlike my book club, I shall not ruin the surprise!
And now for my thoughts with no real spoilers. I don’t know what it is lately, I used to read young adult all the time, but more and more I get incredibly frustrated with the stupidity of the children. I know, teenagers are stupid and invincible, but gosh it seems like every young adult I’ve read lately I want to smack each and every one over the head with something hard. This one was even more frustrating than usual in that children this spoiled, acting this thoughtless of the consequences, reminds me of some of my cousins, and back in the day I could punch them when they were being obnoxious. I couldn’t with these characters though, it was so unfair!
Overall though it was a decent mystery, and if I hadn’t had it spoiled I don’t think I would have guessed the ending, as it was I still had an enjoyable morning with this book.