The Summer Of Naked Swim Parties: A Novel

Paperback | May 20, 2008

byJessica Anya Blau

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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.

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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. An...

Jessica Anya Blau is the award-winning author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, which the San Francisco Chronicle selected as one of the Fifty Best Books of the Year.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 20, 2008Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0061452025

ISBN - 13:9780061452024

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. This is a "coming of age" novel about a young girl in the '70s. I was not expecting too much from this book as I bought it on clearance for $5. I pretty much bought it for the cute cover and thought it might be a good summer read.... only it took me the entire summer to read it because I was bored a couple chapters in. Not quite sure I got the point of this book... almost like the purpose of it got lost somewhere in its boring-ness.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book is well written for young adults The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau A coming of age story of a 14-year-old California girl, it is happy and sad alternately, much like teen life itself. With an older sister who is angry with the fact that young Jamie has developed early, leaving Renee far behind, and hippy parents who throw wild swim parties complete with booze, pot, and naked adults, Jamie is confused and embarrassed most of the time. She is also fearful. Earthquakes, fires, broken glass, poisonous snakes, death..., and worst of all, that the police will come while her parents are swimming naked or smoking pot. Her mother never wears a bra and cooks with only an apron and shorts with her pendulous breasts clearly seen around the apron. All these things make up what is Jamie at the start of the story. It is summer of 1976, and Jamie’s parents and her sister are all away. When her friends come to stay with her, pizza is ordered for pick-up and from there life begins to change with the encounter of 3 college boys from the pizza parlour who come back to the house with them. Although the girls never see the boys again, they have begun their journey to ‘put away childish things’ and meet the world on a different level. The book is well written for young adults, it carries all the angst, new discoveries, hurts, hard lessons that all must go through. Jamie’s & Renee’s conflicts are a part of that, a tragedy coupled with another couple of hard knocks sends Jamie into depression, and life changes again. It covers the many confused feelings of youth coming of age. It does have vivid descriptions of the naked swim parties (remember, these are naked parents and their friends) that are sometimes quite funny but obviously a total embarrassment to their daughters. Their mother talks sex to them in a way that makes them uncomfortable, too personal, but actual sex is probably more true to reality than sensationalized in the newly awakened young friends, and the book actually sends good messages without appearing to do so. I would recommend this book to young teens, but not to pre-teens unless they are particularly mature. It’s a quick read and somewhat different due to its decade.
Date published: 2008-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE! I LOVED this book! It's hilarious--I bought it for my cousin and she loved it, too!
Date published: 2008-07-07

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“Recovered Judy Blume addicts, brace yourselves for a relapse: Jessica Anya Blau’s debut novel, set in Santa Barbara, California, during the summer of ’76, is a poignant, gleeful ode to the turbulence of growing up . . . [A] dead-on portrayal of the simple yet shocking revelations of youth.”