Summer Secrets

Summer Secrets

by Jennifer Levine

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Overview

Lauren Breckenridge is trying to keep up with the frenetic pace of her teenagers' lives while satisfying the demands of her workaholic husband. Blindsided by news of an illicit sexual relationship her sixteen-year-old son has been having with an older woman, she tries to restore some sanity to her family's shattered lives by arranging for the four of them to spend an idyllic summer in beautiful Northern Michigan, playground to the wealthy. Except Lauren's son wasn't the only one with something to hide. This fast-paced novel is ripped straight from today's headlines. Summer Secrets is a page turner packed with gut-wrenching emotions and unpredictable twists about a family unraveling as they are forced to face hard truths about each other. As new bombshells explode around Lauren, you're on the edge of your seat wondering if she can save this once warm, close-knit family from certain destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631776946
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 05/04/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer has an unusual obsession with coffee, a natural prerequisite for becoming a writer. Being the kind of person who jumps into the deep end without thinking, Jen began her fiction writing career by entering NaNoWriMo, a yearly writing marathon during which a few hundred thousand writers from around the world jack themselves up on caffeine and write 50,000 words in 30 days, Thanksgiving be damned. It seemed like a natural fit. Those pesky little details—like a husband and kids—would work themselves out somehow. Throwing herself into things is what Jennifer is known for. When she was fired from her marketing job for being irreverent, she took a month off to do an offshore sailboat race down the California coast. Stepping back on land with nothing to lose, she started a marketing company. Her first client? The company that fired her. This led to a successful career and some really funny stories. But that was a lifetime ago. Today you can find Jen and her laptop (along with Writing Dog) at various coffee shops in South Orange County, California. You can follow her antics on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.levine1 and Twitter @jenji.

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jcclicks More than 1 year ago
Fantastic new author combines what could be a light beach read with topics ripped from today's headlines. Summer Secrets is THE book to read this summer. Jennifer's dialogue sparkles with authenticity and her descriptions are mouth watering. The Traverse City Cherry Festival scene is so good my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. I stayed up late three nights in a row just to finish this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I get into the review, I'll give you a disclaimer...The author is from my home town and I knew her growing up. I have been reading her blog with interest (jennferlevineauthor.com) becuase she really isa good writer. Topical, funny, and makes good observations. That said, I'm not exactly the demographic that reads novels like this. I'm a 50 something white guy, who is fairly geeky and my usual fare is Scifi, fantasy, history, and alternative history.I took a chance on this book and wow, I'm really glad that I did! I started off with a beer and a cigar on a great Sunday afternoon and started reading. About ten chapters in, I realized I actually cared about these people and what was happening to them. I finished the book in two long reading sessions because, frankly I couldn't stop turning pages. The protagonist, Laura Breckenridge is your typical Upstate NY soccer mom. But her life starts changing when her son starts seeing an older woman. But that isn't all that happens because there is a lot more wrong with her family and she hasn't seen it yet, even though it's staring her in the face. When the family head to Michigan for a summer of family bonding, that's when all the rest of the problems come out. And if you like things changing right before your eyes you will get plenty of that as well. I don't want to ruin the surprises in the plot for you but, as I said it was enough for me to keep turning pages. I love the attention to small details, slang vernacular, descriptions of things as small as the texture of a sweatshirt or how the flowers look on the side of the lake.It makes the pictures more vivid and the places more alive.And in the end, Lauren comes to some realizations about herself and her family that are satisfying for her as well as for us. Great first novel and well worth your time. I can see this being a beach read, or something to read for a bit before bedtime, or as a nice distraction on a sunny afternoon with a good beer. Go ahead, click that buy button...you know you want to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Jodi Piccoult novels that explore serious contemporary issues from within characters stories, you'll like Summer Secrets. I finished Summer Secrets this weekend and it’s been rattling around my head ever since. Similar to a Jody Piccoult novel, Ms Levine explores disturbing current day “common” situations from inside the characters who find themselves emeshed in them. Although easily accessible and a quick read, the novel falls more into the category of “modern literature” than “beach read” as it explores human blindness to how we contribute to our own demise by creating “television stories” in our real-world lives. The book raises the question of how current attitudes towards casual sexual relationships may be contributing to the rise in “friend rape” in high schools and across college campuses. It is disturbing not because the characters are evil but because they could easily be from “the family next door.” Ms Levine demonstrates a rare talent for exploring the difficult topics of sex, family, and relationships without hitting the reader over the head with her opinion. The commentary on families that live together but miles apart is realistic and eye-opening. Lauren’s frustration and failure to independently pull her family together is palpable and well-written. The teens thought-processes and relationships seem sadly believable as they try to “grow up” with other teens to guide them instead of within a community of mature adults. The ramifications of unintended consequences ring throughout the novel. A quick read that begs for in-depth discussion. A cautionary tale for the modern age.
aspic64 More than 1 year ago
I was going to hold off on reading this book until I got on my flight for vacation. Unfortunately, I happened to open it up...and finished it hours later in one sitting! The characters are lively and relatable, the pace is fast, and the twists and turns keep you immersed and unable to put the book down. If you like beach books, or any type of book that keeps you guessing till the last page, this is the book for you! Highly recommend it...and yes, it would be a great book to read on a vacation of any sort. I will have to check to see if the author has any more books out for my flight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Debut novel? Hard to believe. Summer Secrets is a page-turner from cover to cover. Jennifer Levine has managed to weave a story filled with tension and current issues that readers will relate to. The characters are colorful and well-developed, and I quickly found myself cheering them on through one twist after another. What I liked most about this book is the author's writing style. She tells it like it is, with a delicious balance of snarky humor, real-life dialogue, and just enough heat to keep me hoping the characters all get what (or who!) they really want. There's no secret to it—Ms. Levine is a terrific storyteller. I'm just sorry the book had to end. I'm already looking forward to the next one!