The Summer of Skinny Dipping Review

Author: Amanda Howells
Published: June 1st, 2010 by Sourcebooks Fire
Details: Paperback, 324 pages
isbn: 1402238622    (isbn13: 9781402238628)
Reading Level: Young Adult 
Received from: Won at contest at Book Soulmates and provided by the publisher Sourcebooks Fire

“Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of lookin…more “Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I’m jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.
My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything….”

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Mia is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives she find her cousins distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever, until she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. And from the very first time he encourages her to go skinny dipping, she’s caught in a current impossible to resist.

Timeless in feel, The Summer of Skinny-Dipping is a poignant, literary coming-of-age romance that will live on long after summer has ended.

My Thoughts:

Glancing over reviews I see most everyone else has said the same thing as I was planning on saying.  This book is not the fluff you expect.  Although at times it’s carefree and fun it’s really a coming of age story and self discovery.  There’s a lot of talk about feelings and being yourself, who you REALLY are and not just being who everyone else wants you to be.  At times I was almost a little tired of all the talk but other times I just really felt a connection, like I really understood Mia and her thoughts and feelings.
I think any teenager can relate or understand this story in some way or another.  Finding ourselves is something everyone goes through and trying to be true to ourselves isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

This book really brought me back to my teenage years and remembering.  I never had a summer remotely like the one Mia had but yet I still connected with it. 
I also loved that Simon was so different and so very much his own person, but yet had weaknesses of his own.  He was a person that felt ‘real’.  Everyone in this book felt real, as a matter of fact, and they were all people we know in our own lives.
The author has skills with words (the paragraph in the description shows that quite well).  Everything seemed to flow quite beautifully and it was quite easy to tear through this book.  It was just a few slower parts that had me aching to get to more action, more conclusions to the issues at hand.  
Overall I really enjoyed this story and it’s one I think every teenage girl should read.  There’s references to drug use and sex but it’s all real.  What girls in the world have to deal with.  And it shows the consequences to those poor choices in a way that flowed with the story.  
I’m giving it 3 moons, but if I did halves I would add a half.  I just think it wasn’t quite up to 4 moons.

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