How did I get it?:
NetGalley- big thanks to Flux
To Forrest Shepherd, getting away to the family’s beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian’s obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them. Suddenly, Forrest’s relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia’s rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia’s finicky eating isn’t at all what Forrest expected. And over the next thirty days, Forrest’s world is turned upside down as her family’s darkest secrets begin to come to light.
Wow, this is going to be a tough book to review, because whilst there was a lot that I liked about the book, there was also a lot of things that I didn’t like about it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like reading books that challenge my thinking and make me question what I’m reading and Thirty Sunsets did exactly that.
I liked Thirty Sunsets because it was a quick and easy read, and I actually think it would be a great book for reluctant readers. I thought the plot was interesting. Forrest is our main protagonist and she can’t wait to escape to the beach house for the summer, until she finds out that her brother’s girlfriend is going too. They don’t get on. The summer is full of secrets that unfold throughout the days, it’s certainly a summer that she won’t forget in a long time.
I liked Forrest. I enjoy reading about a female protagonist that is both pretty and intelligent. You don’t get that very often. I also loved how protective her brother was over her. I think their parents left a lot to be desired, but that’s quite common in YA literature.
My problems with this book came towards the middle/end of the story. So many life changing events occurred and in such a short book I didn’t think that they were handled in the best way that they could be. They didn’t seem to have much depth to them even though some of the events are incredibly upsetting. I feel like if the book had been longer then the reader may have felt more sympathy in the situation or at least found it a bit more credible.
The cover of Thirty Sunsets is quite misleading. I thought I was getting a pretty contemporary read, but it’s definitely a drama-fest. Nothing wrong with that, the cover just gave me the wrong impression. Whilst I don’t think this book is for everyone, it’s definitely a book worth looking at if you’re looking for a quick read full of family angst.
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