Since Last Summer

Since Last Summer

by Joanna Philbin

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Overview

Rory McShane should be excited to spend the summer in East Hampton with Connor Rule, her generous, smart, cute boyfriend. After all, Rory's no longer a summer employee at the Rules' beach estate, and she and Connor have made it through a year of long-distance dating. But now, in the months leading up to college, Rory can't help but wonder whether she really belongs in Connor's world.

Isabel Rule is still trying to get over Mike, the devastatingly sexy surfer who broke her heart last summer. Enter Evan, an aspiring filmmaker who's kind, funny, and crushing on Isabel. He'd be the perfect summer fling — so why can't she seem to forget about Mike?

Set against a backdrop buzzing with the rich, the famous, and the wannabe rich and famous, Since Last Summer, a companion novel toRules of Summer, is the perfect beach read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316212083
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Rules of Summer Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 462,777
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York City. She holds a BA from Brown University and a JD and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Rules of Summer and the Daughters series, and lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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Since Last Summer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I didn't like this book quite as much as the first one, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I was stunned to see it take a different direction than I predicted at several points within the story. No one ended up with who I thought they would end up with! I liked seeing the gradual change in relationships and how realistic it was portrayed. I liked the growth in Mrs. Rule's character as well as Isbel's. I enjoyed the addition of Amelia too, I didn't think I would like her at first but she proved me wrong. While the focus on the difference between people with and without money was still there, I feel like more people in this book realized how little importance that holds. I was sad to see how Connor changed, I'll be honest I had higher hopes for him, but I like that in the end he was still just such a good guy. I think fans of the first book will enjoy this one as well, and some might even like it better, it probably depends on who they "ship."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the first book, Isabel's passionate romance with Mike, Rory's sweeter and more innocent relationship with Connor. And of course, the drama. The first book was definitely one of my favorite books. In this second book I was hoping for a little more romance between Rory and Connor. It was disappointing how Rory had spent her whole summer crushing on Connor and then coming back for a summer of fighting. Also, while Evan was sweet, I feel as if Isabel deserved someone with more personality. All in all, this book was pretty good, though I definitely liked the first book better. But if you read the first book, I would recommend this book because it wraps things up nicely and answers some questions you might have had at the end of the first book. A great read!
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin Book Two of the Rules of Summer series Publisher: Poppy Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: Review copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Rory McShane should be excited to spend the summer in East Hampton with Connor Rule, her generous, smart, cute boyfriend. After all, Rory's no longer the hired help at the Rule family mansion on the beach, and she and Connor have made it through a year of long-distance dating. But now, in the months leading up to college, Rory can't help but wonder if she really belongs in Connor's world. Isabel Rule is still trying to get over Mike, the devastatingly sexy surfer who broke her heart last summer. Enter Evan, an aspiring filmmaker who's kind, funny, and crushing on Isabel. He'd be the perfect summer fling -- so why can't she seem to forget about Mike? Set against a backdrop buzzing with the rich, the famous, and the wannabe rich and famous, Since Last Summer, a companion novel to Rules of Summer, is the perfect beach read. What I Liked: Another series, binge-read and over! Well, I think this series is just a duo. I haven't seen anything saying that there would be more books in the series. And this book wrapped up really well, so it must be a duo. So yay, I completed another series! Even if I read the two books just days apart. I can still be proud of me!  This book picks up at the start of the next summer, the summer after the summer of book one. One year after book one occurs, Rory comes back to East Hampton, to Isabel, to Connor. But things aren't as she left them. Apparently, Mr. and Mrs. Rule are getting a divorce, but both Mrs. Rule and Connor are pretending that nothing is happening. Mr. Rule has moved out. Isabel is sick of all the secrets - especially the one that everyone is keeping from Gregory, Sloane, and Connor. Rory feels bad for having to keep it from Connor. Meanwhile, Isabel has found someone else, and he's great! Of course, nothing is perfect in the game of love, which both Isabel and Rory will discover. Just like the first book, this book explores a variety of issues. Friendship, relationships, divorce, teenage drinking, social classes... I love how Philbin incorporates so many topics in one book. Or series. This book focused more on the the Rules' pending divorce, and less on the rich-poor aspect that was highlighted in the first book (between Rory and the Rules, and Mike and Isabel).  There are many friendships in this book. Rory and Isabel aren't perfect friends, but they're a really great example of two very different people who get along well. In the first book, the girls didn't want to get to know or like each other at first. In this book, the girls are close as friends, and they hurt each other. Without meaning to hurt each, they go through many obstacles, but this makes them closer friends. I love just how important friendship is in this book, especially since this book is told from both girls' points-of-view (dual third person). The relationships... they are messy. You all know I'm not a fan of messy romance. I like it when characters can make up their mind, definitively, and not be wishy-washy. It's totally unfair to other people when a person can't decide on things, especially when it comes to relationships and feelings! In this book, Isabel meets Evan, who is fabulous. But she has lingering thoughts and feelings towards Mike, who actually does want to get back together wither. And Rory - Rory thought things were solid with Connor, but every time she turns around, he's hanging out with snobby friends from St. Paul's - especially some girls. I never would have seen the way the romance would have gone in this book, for Rory. For Isabel, I saw it. Most of her thoughts were directed towards one person in particular. But for Rory? I was a bit shocked. It wasn't a shock at the end of the book - no, a reader will be able to tell as soon as this one specific scene comes up (think: pizza). But I was surprised. The summary led me to believe one thing. What happened was another. So the romance was a huge factor in both girls' lives. The divorce, the secrets, the split family - all of these things weighed down on Rory, and frustrated Isabel. I feel like Rory had very little spine in this book - unlike the first book, where I thought she was a little more feisty and brazen. Isabel thought the same. Both girls work this summer - Rory has an film internship, and Isabel takes a job as a waitress, where Evan works. I feel like the presence of the summer job and internship is great! Not nearly enough YA novels feature a teen having an internship, so that's awesome. Both girls mature in time, because of their responsibilities. And their romance problems. And their friendship. All in all, a great sequel! I'm happy with this book. There were a few negatives, but nothing major! What I Did Not Like: Like I said, Rory's romance story took me by surprise, and at first, not in a good way. Philbin definitely did a great job of developing Rory's relationships with her peers (Isabel, Connor, etc.), but I was still a tad bit bothered by the romance. And the ending - wow! It's amazing how Rory did a 180 degrees turn from the beginning of book one to the end of book one... and right back around, from the beginning of two to the end of book two. Sort of. You'll see what I mean. Also, I wanted a bit more between Rory and Connor in this book. Unfortunately, I didn't get that. And there wasn't too much passion and excitement between Isabel and Evan. I almost was rooting for Mike to come back and sweep Isabel off her feet, because the two of them were passionate. Well. Things worked out for Isabel and Rory, in the end. Despite the messy romance. It was messy, but it was okay. Would I Recommend It: If you've read the first book, definitely read this sequel novel! A lot of things are resolved and wrapped up really nicely in this book. And if you haven't read either book, that's okay! There are a lot of contemporary novels out there, but I can safely say that this is a good summer series! Especially since it's literally all about summer in both books.  Rating: 3.5 stars -> rounded up to 4 stars. I liked this sequel! I think I liked the first book better, but that doesn't mean I didn't like this one as well! After all, they got the same overall rating. So that's a good sign! This is a great summer/beach-reading series, if anyone is looking out for something like that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tuesday's will always my favorite.  Nothing beats walking into the bookstore and seeing all the new books displayed side by side just waiting to be picked up and read.  If they could bottle the scent of new books I would have a signature scent. Today starts the beginning of a new blog series for me.  "To Be Read Tuesday" Now a ton of great new books came out today but I'm most excited for Joanna Philbin's book "Since Last Summer".  I read the first book in this series about 4 months ago and I loved every second of it, the story, the characters and definitely the setting.   I'm a sucker for a good summer read and "Rules of Summer" is just that.  If you're unfamiliar with the first book it is set in the Hamptons, Rory Mcshane is hired to be the 'errand girl' for the Rules, a wealthy family with a beachfront mansion and 'servants' fit for a queen. When reading this I kept picturing Emily Gilmore (Gilmore Girls) and her ever rotating staff members.  On the other end of the spectrum is Isabel Rule, she has everything a girl her age could want (minus a drivers license) and yet she's still searching for something more to fulfill her life.  Both girls have a memorable summer filled with forbidden romances, surfers and unexpected friendships.  To say I loved this book would be an understatement, which is why I'm so happy the much anticipated sequel is now available.  "Since Last Summer" Takes place a year later, again Rory is at the Hamptons but this time she is no longer the hired help, after 12 months of a long distance relationship she is staying with the Rules as Conner's guest, but in the months leading up to fall and subsequently, college, Rory is doubting whether or not Conner's world is where she belongs after all.  Isabel is still attempting to recover from last summers broken heart. And what better way to do that then to move on with someone else. So why is it even with a new love interest in sight she can't seem to shake the idea of Mike?  I can't wait to get my hands on this and if it's anything like her last novel I'm sure I'll be raving about it for weeks to come.  Until next time,  GingerReader22