Book Review and #Giveaway: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Title: Invincible Summer
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Details: Paperback, 269 pgs.
Published: April 19th, 2011 by Simon Pulse
isbn: 1442407514 (ISBN13: 9781442407510)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
 

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….

Not your typical beach read.

This book is about family and the struggles they have.  That’s really what it’s about.  But we also see the struggles Chase has in becoming a teenager, with noticing girls, struggling with lust, and with all his hormones on the rampage.  

I love that it’s a male narrator, it’s not as common and it always feels like a treat.  Chase is not an average guy.  He really loves his family and he shows it.  How many guys are like that?  That actually hug their siblings?  Especially an older brother.  And although I liked that, I kind of felt like it wasn’t realistic.  But then he said somewhere that Claudia (his sister) was helping him with not being so touchy feely.  That made it much more real to me, just being told that it wasn’t normal, and wasn’t just me, made me feel like it was possible.  It’s just rare to find guys like that I suppose.  Other then that I felt like he as a normal teenage boy.  Especially when it came to girls.  Thinking about them, and sex, constantly.  And the things he did even when it bothered his conscious.  

I mentioned that this is about family and Chase has a large one.  Every one of them had an important role in the story and they were all so intricate.  Each one was SO individual that I felt like their personality’s got a little too deep.  It drew the story out just a bit too much.  I wouldn’t say it’s a huge downside, it just was a bit too much for me.  There’s no way I can get into all the characters here, I’ll just tell you that they all have very strong personalities.

Another thing that was important in this story is that Chase has a little brother who’s deaf.  So we got to see the struggles they have as a family dealing with that.  With communicating with him and with them struggling not only to accept it, and him, but in caring for him and his wishes and desires.  I felt like all of that was very realistic and anyone who has had to deal with a deaf sibling or family member could really connect with the story on that aspect.

This book gets pretty deep.  The kids are constantly quoting Camus and I really grew bored with that.  I think that some may really like that though, it showed that the characters had depth and personality.  Or at least that they were insightful.    I also felt like we saw into their angst quite a bit and although that’s truthful, it all just grew a little bit tedious to me.  And they all felt like they were beyond their years. 


When I finished up the book I found myself thinking about it for quite some time.  So although some aspects of the story were slightly annoying as I was reading, some of those things are what really stuck the book in my head.  So this was a bit different of a review to write.  It’s actually one that I’m struggling to keep it from being too long.   


This book has quite a lot of sex.  Talking about sex and sex.  We don’t see it though we do know what goes on.  There’s a fair amount of cursing as well.  I would recommend only to an older teen of high school age.  But that’s just my opinion.  


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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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Comments

  1. I’ve gotten really interested in this book. It sounds great! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

  2. I would never have picked up this book to read based on the cover, but all of the reviews I have seen have made me curious about it. It sounds a little angsty – but I will have to give it a try! Thanks for the great review and for the chance to win a copy!

    seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

  3. I gave 3.5 stars to Break so while I didn’t love it, I did like it and have been wanting to give Moskowitz another try. I’m very curious to see what I’ll think of this one. Great thorough review and thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

  4. I am always looking for YA books that are for a more older teen crowd. This sounds perfect, thanks for the great giveaway.
    apk1princess(at)live(dot)com

  5. Thanks so much for the review and giveaway! It was really interesting to read your review because up until now I have heard nothing but good things about this book. It is nice to hear another opinion of someone who could criticize it a bit, but still liked it (I’m not saying I like when people don’t like books… I just get hesitant when someone likes EVERYTHING about a book.)

    I see how you mentioned that the characters quote alot. I hope that doesn’t bother me, though it probably will. I like when characters quote from more recent media or from really, really famous things. I hate when characters start spewing quotes and I cannot place them or hardly can tell that they are quotes.

    But overall, I’ve been really waiting to read this one. I love boy narrators, so I’m excited! And that cover – can you say “gorgeous”?!

    Thanks Again,
    Britta

    ILikethesebooksblog (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I am SO glad you posted this…my students want something similar to The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy but this one seems much more mature and for an older group…thanks!

  7. I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for this one, but I love male POV and have a copy, so I plan on giving it a shot once I get a chance. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while now, but many people I know say it can be tedious and I know quite a few people who were appalled at how the deaf younger brother was handled. Sometimes mixed reviews completely turn me off of books, but I have been wanting to read this one and I’d like to see how I like it for myself. Thanks for the review Candace.

  8. yey! free books. (okay, i’m not going to lie, i’m trying to win this for my sister. i already have a copy….)

    sschmidt1026(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I read the info about this book just the other day and I thought about how great it sounds! It’d be great to have this, I think even my sisters would love this book!

    alexandriatheo[at]gmail[dot]com

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