Every Summer After, a review by Di

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Every Summer After
Carly Fortune

Penguin Random House
May 10, 2022
322 pages

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This book takes place over a 12 year period. The chapters alternate between now and a point in time during their teen years. I suppose you could call it a coming-of-age story. It starts as
Persephone meets Sam when she and her family purchase a summer cottage. Sam lives there year round. Their relationship develops over their teens, with a lot of bumps in the road. And then, “something” happens and there is a long break.

This book was not a total hit with me. The relationship did not seem realistic. The “something” was predictable. The whole thing just seemed to be drawn out too much. It was a bit too much like a soap opera. I see from other reviews, that many have enjoyed it. Sadly, it was just not the book for me.

What I truly enjoyed was the setting. It takes place in Ontario, Canada. All the place names were places that I am familiar with. Barry’s Bay is just a couple north of where I live. It was actually the town where the author grew up.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advanced Readers Copy.

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