The Last Summer
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The Last Summer

3.3 11
by James M. Weil
     
 

A nostalgic look at a high school summer romance from the point of view of an abused young man, whose upbringing prevents him from expressing his true feelings to the young girl he loves with all his heart. A painful, touching story of what happens to us when all we know is abuse and neglect.

Overview

A nostalgic look at a high school summer romance from the point of view of an abused young man, whose upbringing prevents him from expressing his true feelings to the young girl he loves with all his heart. A painful, touching story of what happens to us when all we know is abuse and neglect.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044701687
Publisher:
James M. Weil
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
317,605
File size:
62 KB

Meet the Author

James Weil is an award-winning writer who has written for newspapers, magazines, and scientific journals. Fresh out of high school, he was accepted into Antioch’s Summer Seminar for Writers at Oxford, England. From there he attended Antioch’s Writer’s Year Abroad in London. Taking a two-year hiatus from school, he moved to Padua, Italy where he made a living working odd jobs and tutoring English to medical students at the University of Padua. During his two-year stay in Italy, he traveled extensively throughout the country, and speaks several dialects of Italian. He received his B.A. in Journalism from Temple University with a minor in business. After several years working for next to nothing in newspapers and magazines, he decided to go into the business end of publishing and found a job in circulation management with a controlled-circulation magazine publisher in Westchester, NY. The company was years behind the times, and their fulfillment house was sending their circulation files on microfiche. Realizing quickly that this would never do, he researched database software that would fit the needs of the company. Visual FoxPro 3.0 was the hottest database programming language on the market for small to medium businesses, so he ordered a copy, had the fulfillment house send all their data on tape, and taught himself computer programming. Within months, he built a robust circulation management system, enabling the marketing department and upper management to segment their circulation data and produce detailed reports about their target audiences. Quickly realizing he could make a small fortune as an independent consultant, he quit the publishing business and went out on his own. In just a few years he made a name for himself in the FoxPro community, and travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe mentoring others, as well as designing database systems for companies of all sizes. Things were going gangbusters until September 11, but after that most of his independent work dried up, and he found regular jobs programming in an assortment of industries. He finally landed his dream job with the State of New York, where he now works with an extremely talented group of people. In the intervening years he wrote three novels: Swiss Chocolate, El Aguila, and Esmeralda. All three books got picked up by his agent, Chamein Canton of Chamein Canton Literary Agency. Chamein Canton is an award-winning, bestselling romance writer who has published nine books, and works her agency fulltime. He and Chamein became very good friends, and he began helping her by vetting manuscripts and query letters. Eventually she gave him the authority to sign writers he really fell in love with, and is responsible for getting four new writers published. In return, she taught him the ins and outs of the book publishing industry, a leviathan that is nearly impossible to keep up with. James Weil is as passionate about writing as he is about editing, and is torn between two loves, but most of all, he lives to see new talent get a start in the publishing business.

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The Last Summer 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this short story one evening and at first I did not quite understand its significance. I decided to read it again the next morning. This story is a coming of age story that will really resonate for men. The male protagonist in the story is growing up surrounded by selefish, abusive people and no support. We observe some of his young behaviors as a result of this. The thing that really resonated during my reading experience was what a lonely process growing up was for this man. A world filled with expectations an offering little support. For many men, sadly, this is the state of their lives. This is a story for men speaking from the male experience. The meaning may escape women on the first read, but it tugs at you gently and especially if you are a mother of a son, and by the second read you see a truth; no matter how well cared for, male maturity is a lonely road and every boy gets a little lost on thee way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though it was so short and made me cry it was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok, but it just stopped without a real ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never trust a reviewer who can't spell or write a complete sentence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me cry.
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Waste if time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was too short and had no story line it also jumped around too much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colette and this other person were neighbors. Colette was an honor students and popular too. It was and she the summertime Colette always had people around her and she was life of the party. Colette and him went to the beach. Her mom was crying she had asked her what was wrong and her mom said it was her father. He had cancer. Colette never got to know her dad. He was rarely home and her mom was a heavy drinker. Her father had taken a turn for the worst and had to be hospitalized. They spent the last weekend and their family camp. They had sex and his father had moved in with another women. Colette's father died during her senior year in high school. She was in California just finished med school and was about to be married. I enjoyed this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good but so sad he was abused by both parents.