The Summer of Naked Swim Parties: A Novel

The Summer of Naked Swim Parties: A Novel

by Jessica Anya Blau


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The Summer of Naked Swim Parties: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau

Fourteen-year-old Jamie will never forget the summer of 1976. It's the summer when she has her first boyfriend, cute surfer Flip Jenkins; it's the summer when her two best friends get serious about sex, cigarettes, and tanning; it's the summer when her parents throw, yes, naked swim parties, leaving Jamie flushed with embarrassment. And it's the summer that forever changes the way Jamie sees the things that matter: family, friendship, love, and herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061452024
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jessica Anya Blau is the author of the nationally bestselling novel The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and the critically acclaimed Drinking Closer to Home.

What People are Saying About This

Michael Kimball

“Funny and charming, moving and sweet—Jessica Anya Blau beautifully captures the awkwardness and the wonder of coming of age. The Summer of Naked Swim Parties is a remarkable debut novel.”

Gabriel Brownstein

“Jessica Anya Blau is a warm and funny storyteller. THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES conjures the thrills and anxieties of a 1970s California adolescence in a world awash in sex.”

Jonathan Selwood

“Having grown up in 1970s Southern California, I can personally attest to this novel’s utterly uncanny evocation of the era. It’s also really really fucking funny…”

Madison Smartt Bell

“You may think you’ve heard this story before, but no one tells it as wittily, winningly, wisely and well as Jessica Anya Blau.”

Stephen Dixon

“Ms. Blau is a writer of wit, intelligence, deep feeling, humor and imagination, and she gets into the head of a young person like almost nobody since J.D. Salinger. All aboard!”

John Barth

“Jessica Anya Blau’s debut novel, THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES, is a delight: a California beach girl’s hilariously painful adolescence in the High 1970s.”

Hillary Carlip

“Once you dive in to this sweet, sparkling coming of age story, dripping with heart and heartbreak, you won’t want to come up — even for air.”

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Summer of Naked Swim Parties 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book deeply i fell like i never want it to end, i want to find more books like it, i could have read it in a day, if i wasn't do anything, it just capitvates you, and makes you just want o keep reading, and find out whats going on in that crazy exciting family. im 13 and i just want to keep reading it, and i hate reading (:
JessWhite More than 1 year ago
Full of quirky and likeable characters. It pulls you into a summer setting, making it hard to stop flipping the pages. Offers a great depiction of a girl's teen years and coping with sisterly battles, parental embarassment, friendships and crushes. Well-written, but not very thought-provoking or intellectually stimulating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So, this book was a little bit... unusual... but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a breath of new fresh and naked air. It's not for the highly offendable because of it's language and sexual content but if your an open minded person you have to pick this up. The characters were rich and delightful - the language was hilarious. I love this family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book! It is the best book i've read all summer. This coming of age story made me laugh and cry. The way Jessica Anya Blav describes the characters and the stiuations makes you really feel like you know them and what their going through. I strongly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone that normally hates reading anything very long, I had no problem getting into this novel, nor finishing it. Jessica does a great job of portraying the freedoms of the 70's as well as its horrors. I enjoyed almost every single page of the novel, and recommend it as an essential read for anyone who like myself was born in the 70's and wants to hear the stories behind those faded photographs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up in the 70's in Southern California. Reading this book brought back my teen years in a way that I had forgotten or at least not considered in a long time. Blau writes with poignancy and insight as she navigates Jamie's sexual awakening and her dealings with her 'enlightened' parents who are still children themselves in so many ways. Blau has a way with dialogue. She captures an era that few have written about. This is a story that can be read in a couple of days by adults or teens. I bought this book for my two boys '16 & 18' so they could understand my generation and a little about the world of the 70's. There is an innocence to this story that reflects a period in history when urgency was dictated by bad waves, a poor tan and a fight with best girlfriends. A great read! Recommended Highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't get enough of this author! This was such a great coming of age novel. I have only one small complaint... the mother and father were almost identical to her other novel. The mom and dad are potheads, they like swimming naked, and they are totally unconcerned with actively raising their children. Honestly, if you read her other novel you couldn't tell the parents apart if you tried. Otherwise, it is well worth the time and I look foward to reading more books by this wonderfully hilarious author! If she works on writing new characters for the parents then her next novel will be 5 stars for sure!
BriBri70 More than 1 year ago
I fall in love with the family in this book. It starts off a little slow at first but it picks up the farther you read. If you are looking for a award winning book this book is not for you. It is just a fun quick read about a CA coast family in the 70 of sex, drugs and rock n roll!! The title fix the book to a tee!!
MissJody More than 1 year ago
This is a great summer read for a hot sunny day at the beach. The story line changed tastefully, and the character development was mature. I specifically enjoyed the analogies to Jamie's adult experiences. I caught myself smiling many times throughout this novel. On the critical side, the ending is somewhat abrupt.
Julie Saros More than 1 year ago
Great summer read! Very funny characters that will have you blushing and in fits of giggles. Oh to be 14 again. Highly recomend
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Really? Breasts ,butts you people are sick.
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Love2ReadSR More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting, set in the 1960's in California a young girls parents are bonafide "hippies" she learns to live in their offbeat laid back world and accept them. Goes through the troubles of being a teenager from drinking, drugs, sex, and boyfriends. Good read.
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Great, easy read. Interesting and unique characters.
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