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  • Posted June 25, 2013

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    The Summer everything changed by Holly Chamberlin Have read most

    The Summer everything changed by Holly Chamberlin
    Have read most of the authors book in the past and enjoyed them as they are mostly about areas I am familiar with-Northeast coast.
    This book is about Isobel and she's just turning 16 this summer. Her mother Louise runs the Blueberry Bay Inn at Maine with help from others.
    She's agreed to hostess a wedding during the summer for a celebrity. She does not realize that it means a lot more than just having the event at the inn.
    At times the wedding planner calls and tells her she must do things like have the right deodorant there for the bride, have a lobster boat on the lawn, etc.
    Isobel's best friend Gwen takes her shopping to different places and she meets Jeff-one of the high class soceity boys who is home for the summer to help his father with the business.
    She dates him and sometimes Gwen accompanies them to the movies or to a farmer's market where there are also crafts and vintage jewelry. Izzy has her own blog to stay in touch with others in her past from MA
    where she lived before the divorce happened. Her father has let her down by not spending any time during the summer with her when she was to visit his new family in Newport, RI.
    Jeff at times, acts weird and it's almost like he's forcing Izzy to do something she doesn't want to do. It causes a rift with Gwen. Other date Izzy sees how he treats others and it's nothing she likes to even be part of.
    She talks with her mom about dating him and they talk about sex and birth control, etc. She has a lot of adult choices to make and hope she's had enough guidance along the way to make the right ones...
    Love how she realizes there is a problem and how she researches at the library and we hope it's not too late to take action...
    I received this book from Library Thing via Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Great summer read!

    Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Realistic, Compelling, and Enlightening!

    I enjoy Holly Chamberlain’s books and this one was appealing to me as I work in the hospitality business in marketing so there is always drama running a hotel or bed and breakfast. Love the New England area, so the reader can imagine themselves in the setting.

    I have firsthand experience with abusive ex-spouses and their controlling nature – as when you find this out – you need to hit the road immediately.

    The Blueberry Bay Inn was an ideal place for Louise after her divorce raising her daughter Isobel (having been in an abusive relationship earlier as well). Not wild about the wedding planner portions; however, unfortunately you do meet all kinds of crazies running an inn.

    I loved the character Isobel and her blogging. She loved her sense of style, fashion, vintage clothing and shopping love-a creative mind, sassy, witty, smart beyond her years, and a winning personality –and a great friendship with Gwen. Also enjoyed the close friendships of Louise/Catherine.

    When Jeff came along he immediately began his control over her, and began chipping away at her independence and bubbling personality. Abuse can be delivered mentally, psychologically and emotionally, as well as violence. I feel this would be a good read for younger girls to make them aware of signs to look for when dating and choosing their friends.

    Abusive and controlling guys are out there and can be disguised as charming, good looking, rich so you think they are loving until you began seeing the signs- take heed – these are warning signs.

    Agree with some of the other reviewers-would have liked to see more introduction of this topic in order for the book to be read by those in abusive relationships--on the cover and summary; otherwise it may not be read by those who desperately need it.

    I would recommend to teens and mothers of teens and adults as very realistic, compelling, and enlightening.

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