The Summer of Firsts and Lasts

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts

Book - 2011
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When teenaged sisters Daisy, Violet, and Calla spend their last summer together at Camp Callanwolde, the decisions they make--both good and bad--bring challenges to their relationship as well as opportunities to demonstrate their devotion to one another.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2011
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781442402133
144240213X
Branch Call Number: Teen McV
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 22 cm

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elfster14
Aug 06, 2012

I couldn't really see a plot in this, but the moral I'm getting is that family should stick together.

MissJen Aug 06, 2011

I tore through this pretty quick, but it wasn't as light as I expected it to be. Not everything was resolved all hunky dory at the end which was a nice surprise. Less about romance than relationships between sisters and friends (although there's definitely still some romance), McVoy tells the story of one session of summer camp through the rotating viewpoints of three sisters. The relationships among the three sisters are extremely complex and well-drawn; I also really liked that the three girls had distinct personalities, not just different interests. The whole summer camp experience as depicted here was fascinating to me - I remember going away to camp as a kid, but I never did it as a teenager and I wonder if this is really what it was like. All in all this was an excellent summer read that won't rot your brain.

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MissJen Aug 06, 2011

Less about romance than relationships between sisters and friends (although there's definitely still some romance), McVoy tells the story of one session of summer camp through the rotating viewpoints of three sisters. Daisy is a sophomore just beginning to discover her talent for running but plagued by her cabinmates' mean girl antics. Violet's a senior who is trying to balance her new friendship with the camp wild child and a hot, forbidden romance with a counselor. Calla, the oldest, will be off to college in the fall, but for her last summer at camp she's won the only office intern spot which leaves her in a unique position somewhere between staff and counselor - not really fitting in with either group and struggling with her feelings for Duncan, her best friend at camp for years and now a counselor himself. All three girls know this is their last summer together at camp and they're determined to make it a summer they'll never forget.

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