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The Music of Summer

The Music of Summer

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by Rosa Guy

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The themes in Guy's newest novel are ambitious and diverse, ranging from the difficulty of choosing between mutually exclusive dreams (exemplified by 18-year-old Sarah's need to choose between marrying an Africa-bound development worker bound or remaining in New York City to pursue her musical talent) to the prejudice, even hostility, that light-skinned African Americans may direct toward those with darker skin, dramatized by Sarah's ostracism by a group of peers she summers with on Cape Cod. But Guy's command of these themes falters badly. The reasons Sarah chooses to accompany her cruel friend Cathy and Cathy's friends to the Cape are never made credible, nor is the fact that she remains despite their overt hostility. Sarah's relationship with handsome Jean Pierre is a fairy-tale romance--otherworldly, unrealistic and ultimately unbelievable. And her decision, finally, not to follow her lover to Africa is unsatisfying, for the girl seems merely to be acquiescing to her family's hopes, not following her own desires-- ``My uncle wants me to be a star,'' she explains to the disappointed Jean Pierre. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 9-12--S arah, 18, is an African-American Julliard student. She lives in modest circumstances in the city with her hard-working mother, who is determined that her daughter will have a career in music. Socially naive, Sarah is baffled by the coolness of Cathy, a former neighbor and schoolmate, and by the grudge that her mother bears against the girl's mother. Yearning for a release from her structured life, Sarah accepts an invitation from Cathy's mother to the family's Cape Cod home. There she is ostracized and mocked by Cathy's friends, a group of lighter-skinned, wealthy private-school students. Jean Pierre, a native of Martinique and a mature man of 30, becomes Sarah's lover and shares with her his plans for living and working in Africa. She is then forced to make hard decisions about her identity, her future, and her obligations to others. Sarah is a strong, admirable, and likable person. The other characters are well drawn and believable. Guy's portrait of African -American society is one of diversity and vitality. Differences of appearance, economic status, political orientation, as well as community biases are honestly presented. An engrossing and uplifting title for readers of all backgrounds. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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Random House Children's Books
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The Music of Summer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book once in seventh grad and fell instantly in love with it. I finished the book eldest four times before turning it back in and loosing it to the system. I¿ve searched for over six years before I found it again. Believe me if you like music and finding love, you¿ll fall hard for this book.