The Last Summer Of The Garrett Girls by Jessica SpotswoodThe Last Summer Of The Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

The Last Summer Of The Garrett Girls

byJessica Spotswood

Paperback | June 5, 2018

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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 boyfriend? so it's notlike 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.
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
Title:The Last Summer Of The Garrett GirlsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492622192

ISBN - 13:9781492622192


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay This was a quick and easy read fit for a sunny day at the pool. But it was also something I could have lived without reading. The Last Summer of Garrett Girls was a cute and fast story that focuses on four sisters. Although I haven't seen Little Women in years, and I've never seen Gilmore Girls, it's very easy to see why it's compared to those. The description says it takes place over the summer, but really the story only covers about the three weeks before the Fourth of July. It's a brief window into the lives of these girls, and while everything rounded off and ended well, I still feel like there was so much left untouched. Jumping between 4 POVs took away a lot of background from each girl and has left me with several questions about things that happened in between. In regards to the multiple POV, they worked well because they were all separate. There was some repetition that wasn't necessary (Kat mentions something in her chapter, and in the next Vi says the same thing almost word for word). It was only towards the end that the multiple POV didn't sit well because each chapter started exactly where the other left off. But if Des's chapter ends with Bea saying something, PLEASE don't start Bea's chapter repeating exactly that. It's almost insulting. Of the four POVs, Bea and Kat tied for my favourite. Bea was a solid likeable character from start to finish, whereas Kat grew on me very quickly. My first impression was not favourable, but her development as a character was spot-on. Des was someone who rapidly spiralled into someone you pray to god you never end up like. She became really quite pitiful. Vi was the only POV I could have happily skipped. Let me make it clear my feelings are not because she is a lesbian, but because she is a 15-year-old girl who is nauseatingly and annoyingly infatuated with a crush. The doubts, the insecurities, the second-guessing every little word and move you or your crush makes—I was so happy when all that shit got left behind in middle school and high-school and I have absolutely no interest in reliving it.
Date published: 2018-06-03