Review: Summerlost by Ally Condie

“It’s not right that something so big, your entire life, depends on a million tiny things.”

I’m so glad that I’ve finally read this book, it was one of my anticipated reads of the month.

This follows an incredibly moving coming-of-age story about 12-year-old Cedar Lee, who has moved to Iron Creek, Utah, for the summer with her mother and younger brother, Miles.
And it follows their journey trying to regroup after an accident that claimed the lives of Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben.

Outside her new house, Cedar quickly meets enthusiastic and enterprising Leo Bishop, who gets her a job at Summerlost, the town’s yearly Shakespeare festival.

As they team up to give secretive walking tours about the life of legendary actress and hometown hero Lisette Chamberlain, they become enthralled by the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.

“It surprised me how much I liked giving the tour and learning about Lisette. I’d thought it might be hard, but it wasn’t. She was like a character, someone I was learning about from a book or watching in a show. Long gone, far away.”

And I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book.
I really liked that the chapters were short because I’ve been starting but not finishing books and Summerlost is another book that helped me get over that.
It’s also one of those “just one more chapter” books because of the shortness.


This book managed to encompass everything that I wanted in a contemporary book:
Incredible friendships ✓
Exciting adventures with a hint of mystery ✓
Hilarious dialogue ✓
Realistic family relationships ✓
A great summer feel to it ✓

My dad used to say that life was like turning the pages in a book. “Oh, look,” he’d say, pretending to flip the pages in the air after we’d had something bad happen to us. “Bad luck here on page ninety-seven. And on ninety-eight. But something good here on ninety-nine! All you had to do was keep reading!”

4/5 stars

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