The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

by Jessica Spotswood


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The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other in this captivating new novel by Jessica Spotswood.

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it's hard to dream big when she's so busy taking care of everyone else.

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a it's not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

Kat lands the lead in the community theater's summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn't sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen...

Told through four alternating points of view, readers will laugh, cry, and fall in love alongside the Garrett girls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492622192
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 235,640
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jessica Spotswood lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and works as a children's library associate. Her novel Wild Swans was chosen for ALA's 2017 Amelia Bloomer List. Visit

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The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Huggiez 7 months ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author, an I have to say that I really enjoyed it. We get to meet Kat, Bea, Des and Vi. They go to live with there Grandma after a tragic accident happens with there parents. They get to run a book store ( what an amazing job) since it’s the last summer they will be spending together. There are multiple POVs and some people may not like that. I really enjoyed getting to know the different aspects of the girls. Jessica does a wonderful job at executing the girls lives. Vi is 15 an I’d say the most adorable girl ever! Des is 19 she is the “mother” she takes care of the girls. Bea is 18 and getting ready to go off to collage wit her boyfriend. She’s got a job at a local newspaper. She annoys at a few parts but who doesn’t have an annoying sibling. Other than that I loved her story. Kat is 16 and very sassy. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and let you know what she’s thinking. I loved how diverse this book was and how relevant it was. I loved how it reminded me of Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants/ Gilmore Girls. ** I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
beckymmoe 8 months ago
Oh, goodness. Such a cute story-- Little Women meets "Gilmore Girls" by way of Sarah Dessen, indeed! (And it only took me until the "about the author"section at the end to remember why her name seemed so familiar--we met her at the Rochester Teen Book Festival a few years back--duh!) The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is told in alternating POVs--each sister gets a turn, from oldest to youngest, which was fun even if it did sometimes feel like we were just getting into one of them when poof! it was off to the next sister. Still, I liked seeing things from each of their viewpoints. (The tense of the story was a bit strange, though--present instead of the usual past. It tended to throw me at the beginning of chapters, though for some reason mid-chapter I never seemed to take notice.) It really made understanding their motivations--especially when they made really questionable choices--a lot easier. (Bea, for example--I usually have a huge problem with people who cheat, but seeing her nearly wrecking herself with all of the pressure and the guilt made it understandable, even if she was still wrong. Also, it seemed appropriate that this article showed up in my inbox while I was reading her story.) I already have two of Ms. Spotwood's anthologies--I'll be keeping an eye out for more of her longer fiction now too! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
SarahJoint 9 months ago
This was just a joy to read. A perfect summer book! I'd describe it as Gilmore Girls meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets modern Little Women! I thought getting perspectives from four sisters would get confusing, but they're all so different and have their own unique voice. I feel like I got to know each one very well, and fell in love with each of them in different ways. This book is also way more diverse than some of the stories it can be compared to. The girls are all proud to be considered feminists, even if they're still learning exactly what that means to them. Plus not everyone is straight here and not everyone is white, hallelujah! Overall, a simply lovely read I got a lot of enjoyment out of. I read a lot of darker books, and this was just a welcome breath of fresh air. It has a great balance of funny and sweet moments. Des has taken up the majority of caring for the family since her grandmother had knee surgery. She has no plans to leave town, even though she watched most of her classmates take off when they graduated. With her best friend experiencing new things without her at college, she's a little lonely. She spends all of her time at home or at the family bookstore, working her butt off but feeling a little unappreciated. Bea has had the same boyfriend for five years, and they have a five year plan... and a ten year plan. She's on the verge of getting everything she ever wanted when she heads off to college, but she's starting to feel like she might not want the same things as she did years ago... and might not want them with her devoted boyfriend, either. Kat has a flair for the dramatic, and lands a starring role in a play put on by the community theater. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend did as well... and his new girlfriend. She doesn't actually want a new romance, but maybe she could put on a personal play of her own to make her ex jealous and want her back. Vi is out and proud of it, and is harboring a crush on the pretty girl next door... who has a boyfriend. She's convinced she's not only straight, but completely out of her league. She wants to be her friend if nothing else, and it looks like that can happen... or will it be more? I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Sourcebooks Fire, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.