The Summer of Skinny Dipping
By Amanda Howells
Summer – Book 1
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
After experiencing her first heartbreak Mia is eager to get away and spend the summer with her cousin. She didn’t expect to feel so out of place while she was there, they have a seemingly perfect life and her cousin Corrine seems better than her. As Mia spends the summer with them, pretending to be someone she isn’t, she meets a boy named Simon.
Mia and Simon slowly get to know each other and a relationship grows, something much better than what she had before. At the same time Mia gets to see that her cousin’s family isn’t all they appear to be either. They have family problems and self destructive behavior that Mia starts to see when she pays attention to more than how unequal she feels.
There are parts of the book that can drag a little if you’re looking for something to be happening at all times, but with the type of book this is I think it was written very well. Mia learns that who she really is matters than how people see her, and she has to learn that people aren’t always what they appear to be either.
I loved the ending of this story, mostly because I hated the end so much. The Summer of Skinny Dipping is a wonderful story about learning to value who you are and to look beyond the surface of the people around you.
If you like to read stories where the characters aren’t perfect and have a lot to learn you’ll want to pick this one up. And if you want a story that could make you cry this one isn’t to be missed.