The Last Summer (of You and Me)

The Last Summer (of You and Me)

by Ann Brashares
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The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares

In the town of Waterby on Fire Island, the rhythms and rituals of summer are sacrosanct: the ceremonial arrivals and departures by ferry; yacht club dinners with terrible food and breathtaking views; the virtual decree against shoes; and the generational parade of sandy, sun-bleached kids, running, swimming, squealing, and coming of age on the beach.

Set against this vivid backdrop, The Last Summer (of You and Me) is the enchanting, heartrending story of a beach-community friendship triangle among three young adults for whom summer and this place have meant everything. Sisters Riley and Alice, now in their twenties, have been returning to their parents’ modest beach house every summer for their entire lives. Petite, tenacious Riley is a tomboy and a lifeguard, always ready for a midnight swim, a gale-force sail, or a barefoot sprint down the beach. Beautiful Alice is lithe, gentle, a reader and a thinker, and worshipful of her older sister. And every summer growing up, in the big house that overshadowed their humble one, there was Paul, a friend as important to both girls as the place itself, who has now finally returned to the island after three years away. But his return marks a season of tremendous change, and when a simmering attraction, a serious illness, and a deep secret all collide, the three friends are launched into an unfamiliar adult world, a world from which their summer haven can no longer protect them.

Ann Brashares has won millions of fans with her blockbuster series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, in which she so powerfully captured the emotional complexities of female friendship and young love. With The Last Summer (of You and Me), she moves on to introduce a new set of characters and adult relationships just as true, endearing, and unforgettable. With warmth, humor, and wisdom, Brashares makes us feel the excruciating joys and pangs of love—both platonic and romantic. She reminds us of the strength and sting of friendship, the great ache of loss, and the complicated weight of family loyalty. Thoughtful, lyrical, and tremendously moving, The Last Summer (of You and Me is a deeply felt celebration of summer and nostalgia for youth.

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ISBN-13: 9781573224628
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007

About the Author

Ann Brashares is the author of the young adult novels The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue. This is her first novel for adults. She lives in Manhattan and spends summers on Fire Island, New York.

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The Last Summer (of You and Me) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 234 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this (relatively) new book by Ann Brashares. It was bittersweet and funny and intense as you spent the summer with the 3 main characters. You could feel like you were there on the island with them. I would have liked it to end a little differently but other than that, I really enjoyed it.
Jfaurie More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. I felt a lot of it dragged on in details but once it got to certain areas you were really impacted with the characters emotions. It's like everything they felt were really intensified and well defined. I like a lot of the messages this book contained, about how things change and grow while others remain the same. It really makes you question things. Overall the book was one I will never forget and one I think everyone {mostly} should read.
Maddi77 More than 1 year ago
This book by Ann Brashares is about a close knit group of friends on a summer island when tradgedy strikes one of the friends, Riely. Rielys sister Alice is in a sort of secret relationship with Rielys best friend Paul. And when Riely gets sick it tears them all apart. Everything falls apart around them and their small close knit summer oasis can no longer protect them from the horrors and sadness of the real world. There are a few major messages in this book and I think the most obvious ones is dont forget to tell someone you love them because you may regret it later. This happens to Alice and Paul all through out the book and the duration of Rielys sickness. Another message is live life to the fullest because of Reiley and the way she lived life, Paul and Alice learn from her and her way of life. I really loved the way that Ann Brashares wrote the book in a way that people can get so absorbed in the characters that it almost feels like you are there with them and have this connection with them. The way that she gives you an insight into their lives makes you not want to put the book down. There was absolutely nothing that I didn't like about this book and I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a very sweet romance novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It appears that readers either loved it or hated it. I most definitely belong to the former group. I'd give it a B-plus to A-minus. I certainly do not agree with Publishers Weekly or Kirkus Reviews, the two professional reviews that I usually respect the most. They thought it was too much of a hackneyed teen romance-type, but it was precisely because I found it NOT that way that I liked it so much. Ann Brashares, whom I had never read before, is exceptionally talented at capturing authentic dialogue and the give-and-take of personal interactions. I felt as if I were in the same room with these people, that I was part of the interaction. Given the plot, in the hands of a less talented writer, it could have easily dissolved into a trite and treacly potboiler, but it transcended that. It subtly and skillfully explored all the nuances and dips and turns of human relationships. I hope Brashares is already at work on her second adult novel!
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
Sisters Alice and Riley have always spent summers in a close-knit community on New York's Fire Island.They spent long hours with their friend, Paul. Paul has long had feelings for Alice, a burning desire that he has denied. Alice feels much the same, but she's just as afraid to explore her feelings. Things seem to fall into place until tragedy strikes. Secrets tear the friends apart and a devastating disease threatens. Good lessons learned here...GOOD READ!
angelreader94 More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I expected another story of just two old friends falling in love, the end. What I got when I read this was the feeling of love and respect for the characters. Riley is so out there and a bit misunderstood. Alice tries to fix everything and Paul is.. well Paul. The love in this book was just so strong. When I got to the end all I did was try not to cry. A beautiful story.
LovesToRead14 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVED this book! I got it as a gift from my grandma because she knew how much I loved the Sisterhood books. I actually like the paperback cover art better, but the hardcover is nice too. I wasn't sure if I liked the book in the beginning, and unlike the Sisterhood novels,it took me a little while to get into it. Once it really started flowing, I fell in love with the characters and could relate to them easily. I felt like I knew them by the end. The relationships between the characters were very touching, and the book made me laugh, cry and everything in between. Brashares makes her readers feel as if we've known the characters our whole lives, and that's what I really like about her writing. Anyways, I'll stop rambling now, but I would recommend this book to everyone, young and old! :)
lcgrant03 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly romantic with a little bittersweetness. It isn't the most challenging book read, but I could not put down the book and I have read it a couple more times since I bought it.
sinlessbeauty116 More than 1 year ago
I think the main reason why people dont enjoy this book is due to the fact that we have all read SisterHood of the Traveling Pants. The Last Summer of you and Me have nothing to deal with the pants...and for the first few page i cant help but think back about her previous novels...however as i get into the middle of it, my mind eased down and i started thinking more about the story itself...The Last Summer of You and Me is sweet and touching, at certain times I could even find myself crying for the characters...i wouldnt say that its a read for everyone...but it is a good book...not great but it was a mellow read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing. There were so many twists that I could barely put the book down. My friends and I passed this book around and our whole group ended up reading it and we absolutely love it. I recommend this book to people who are mature or are 15 and above. Warning to parents allot of sexual content and some use of vulgar language.
EleymBeigh More than 1 year ago
The Last Summer (of You and Me) is poignant, thoughtful, and heartbreaking. I wish I could just sit and talk for hours with someone about these characters and what they went through, what they put themselves through. Alice and Riley are sisters whose best friend, Paul, decides to grace Fire Island with his presence after a three year absence. He's brooding, he's mysterious, he's lost. His best friend Riley is sculpted into an unbreakable devotion to the purity and innocence of childhood. Riley's younger sister, Alice, is selfless, giving, and devoted. Paul is torn between letting himself suffer for his mistakes and chancing himself to know happiness. Riley fears getting left behind. Alice fears moving forward. It's complicated. They're complicated. But their complications are worth the retribution they find. You'll experience heartbreak, but the ending is a joy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just picked this book up and was very happy with the read! Enjoyed the "sisters" and their relationships! Take this book to the beach or relax by the pool and before you know it you'll be finished. Highly recommend it! We included this book in our summer reading list of books as we recently visited the book store, a summer tradition, to gather up all of our pics for our summer reading list. This includes books for myself, my husband, kids and nieces and nephews. We also buy some books as birthday presents for others so they can join in on our discussions, like the aunts and uncles and grandparents. We have a mini book club where we discuss our books as we all read along. We all read several books so as the reading goes along there are a lot of books to review. The kids have found a wonderful book called, Smitty's Cave Adventures. They all love thrilling action-adventure books and this one in no exception,full of mystery and intrigue! From a parental point of view, Smitty's Cave Adventures also has a good moral overtone. Even the girls wanted to read this book and they all concluded that this is their favorite book so far!
MiaAdorable More than 1 year ago
Paul, Riley and Alice have been best friends since they were kids. Riley and Alice are sisters - Riley the eldest and Paul used to carry Alice around when she was a baby. The books starts off Alice waiting for Paul to get off the Ferry to Fire Island where they all used to meet during Summer, however, it has been 3 years since Paul has made it back to the island. Alice is 21, Paul and Riley are 24 - 3 years older than her. Paul's always been mean to Alice, and you know the saying goes, if a boy dips your ponytail in paint, he likes you. It goes without saying that Paul has been in love with Alice for as long as he can remember, and Alice has been waiting and saving herself for Paul. When Paul finally comes to Fire Island, he knows that Riley, the Summer lifeguard, will not be waiting for him at the end of the dock on the Ferry but only Alice will. He realized he hasn't seen her in 3 years and was nervous about that. Paul is afraid that their friendships may change if he gave in to his wanting Alice and therefore keeps her at arms length and still is some times mean to her. One day Alice gathers up her courage and entices him and tells him she wants to be with him ... Their romance starts but there are two secrets within these friends that will rock their world ...
Starluv9227 More than 1 year ago
Alice, her older sister Riley, and next-door neighbor Paul have grown up together, barefoot on the splintery boardwalks of the kind of resort town where nobody locks the door or carries a wallet. As a teen, Riley was the youngest of the lifeguards; now, at 24, she's the oldest, still content to stare out over the ocean in the hopes of catching sight of a dolphin. Alice worries that both of them are aiming too low in the journey towards adulthood, hence Alice's decision to go to law school, where she hopes she'll learn to be a grown up. When tragedy strikes, Alice finds herself filled with fear that she and Paul are betraying Riley by turning a threesome into a couple plus third wheel. Technically, Paul is Riley's best friend, and they've always "shared" Alice as a little sister. For Alice to claim a greater stake in Paul than Riley is more than she feels entitled to allow herself. It's an emotional roller coaster of a book because you feel for Alice and the feeling of loss and sadness, it's a very touching book.
McHiCaNyC More than 1 year ago
This was amazing! I am absolutely in love with Ann Brashares work. The way this book is written it tells the story from three different points of view. This changes it up and makes the story that much more interesting because the reader can go into the private minds of each character. For the reader there are no missunderstandings because we know everyones thoughts and feelings on a certain situation. I recommend this book 100% to anybody mature enough to take it all in. It's a simple romance but makes you think about life and appreciate the simple things and momments in it.
becky_turkey More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it is so different from the Traveling Pants series, yet has the same undertones. Great for the beach, or to curl up at home with!
Danielle084 More than 1 year ago
I cried like a baby. I felt like the characters were my friends. I can't wait to read her next Adult book!
Delightful-Drama More than 1 year ago
I personally love Ann Brashares. This novel was intriguing to me because it was not at all like the writing style used in the sisterhood of the traveling pants series, her character development was extremely different. Although it was a sappy love story it was written with a regard for a different audience and had an interesting twist.
Alice was my favorite character for her courage and honesty to take risks with Paul. While she did betray her sister, not in the same cowardly way that Riley betrays Alice.
Overall, it was a nice twist from the sisterhood and also had a great story behind the love story. Kudos to Ann Brashares!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that Brashares use of language was beautiful. The characters that she created allowed me to be emotionally invested in their futures. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading anything by Ann Brashares and I was not disappointed!! I absolutely love books that are about summer & the beach and this one was perfect. I would definitely read another by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Last Summer of You and Me has struck a chord in my life although I am not sure why or how. I can't seem to let this book go. I have never read Ann Brashares' books. She has terrific insight and vivid characters. I think it is a wonderful read for all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The family always spent summer in Waterby on Fire Island so not breaking from her childhood tradition twenty-one year old Alice and her older sister twenty-four year old Riley are there. The tomboyish Riley actually is working as lifeguard.------------------- Also on the island for the first time in two summers is Riley's best friend Paul. His father is dead and he never sees his mother. However, he is not back on Fire Island for a vacation Paul must decide what to do about the family house not used last summer. Paul also has to decide what to do about his neighbors as he wants Alice, but fears hurting Riley if he makes a move he also believes Alice is attracted to him but like him does not want to hurt her sister. Riley has issues too that impact the other two members of the triangle.-------------- Fans of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants will enjoy the first adult tale as the players somewhat grow up though at times they behave more like teens especially when conflict arises. The story line is fun to follow as change is in the air of Fire Island with Paul wanting to come out and declare his love for Alice. The Pants crowd will enjoy this fine summer entry, but the lead trio has not fully turned adult.---------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 20 days ago
Couldn't put my the book down. Captured me from the start.
Anonymous 24 days ago
I had to skip a lot of pages in this book aa it was putting me to sleep.
Anonymous 4 months ago