Sunday, July 18, 2010

(108)Beyond Summer by Lisa Wingate

It appears as if the housing crisis has found it's way into the novels of our time. This is the second book this week where the housing crisis played a huge part of the story.

In Beyond Summer you get to look at the other side of the story so to speak. Tam Lambert is the daughter of a real estate mogul. She has led a life of privilege. Country clubs, mini-coopers, and hopefully a trip to Europe. She will take whatever she can to get away from her Step-Monster and the "Fearsome Foursome". Until one day the Nanny calls her home and Tam arrives home to find the Sheriff serving a "Notice of Eviction". In his shame her father flees the country, leaving Tam to take care of her Stepmother, her Aunt, and her four young siblings. In that Summer Tam learns many lessons, including, what it means to be an adult and what it takes to hold her family together.

The book is written from alternating viewpoints. It wasn't a horrible book, but it wasn't the best book I have ever read. I stuck with the story, though, because Tam intrigued me. She is a strong eighteen year old heroine and you can't help but respect her and what she sacrifices for her siblings. Beyond Summer was a fast read, something to pass away the afternoon.

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