The Last Summer of Us

The Last Summer of Us[Reading] ➼ The Last Summer of Us By Maggie Harcourt – Bluevapours.co.uk Limpet, Steffan and Jared Three best friends crammed into a clapped out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer But no matter how far t Limpet, Steffan Summer of PDF Ë and Jared Three best friends crammed into a clapped out rust The Last PDF/EPUB ² bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and Last Summer of eBook ☆ see out the end of the summer But no matter how far they drive, they can t escape the hidden secrets and slow burning romance that could upset the balance of their friendship perhaps forever.

Maggie Harcourt Summer of PDF Ë was born and raised in Wales, where she grew up dreaming The Last PDF/EPUB ² of summer road trips and telling stories for a living As well as studying Last Summer of eBook ☆ Medieval Literature at UCL, Maggie has variously worked as a PA, a hotel chambermaid and for a French chef before realising her dreams and beginning to write full timeShe now lives just outside Bath, UK, where she can usually be found in a bookshop or somewhere near the river She guards the secret of her favourite coffee shop jealously, because she has the perfect spot picked out there for people watching.

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Last Summer of Us
  • Maggie Harcourt
  • English
  • 04 June 2017
  • 140958769X

10 thoughts on “The Last Summer of Us

  1. L A i N E Y says:

    We are not our histories, however deep they cut or however much they scar us Whatever guilt we feel, rightly or wrongly, whatever baggage we carry, it is not all that we are. Quite unsatisfactory Considering the rather compact length 212 pages on my Kindle , the book felt so long and seemed to just went on and on It also lacked interesting characters for me to cheer for Which was too bad really because the book sure has great message, like the one example above But when you don t really We are not our histories, however deep they cut or however much they scar us Whatever guilt we feel, rightly or wrongly, whatever baggage we carry, it is not all that we are. Quite unsatisfactory Considering the rather compact length 212 pages on my Kindle , the book felt so long and seemed to just went on and on It also lacked interesting characters for me to cheer for Which was too bad really because the book sure has great message, like the one example above But when you don t really feel for the characters, is good message enough to make you like the whole thing I guess it wasn t for me in this case

  2. Warda says:

    BookTubeAthon Day 3, Book 2 Challenge Read a book about something you want to do.Our characters are road tripping And it was the most boring of road trips And story It started off okay, started dwindling as I read on then felt like it wasn t going anywhere Even though these characters are going on this road trip because they re best friends and dealing with different types of losses I just couldn t connect to it.

  3. Stacey (prettybooks) says:

    I bought Maggie Harcourt s The Last Summer of Us during my trip to Topping Company Booksellers in Bath As it s a summery story about three best friends on a road trip, it seemed like the perfect choice for me on my own trip across the UK I picked The Last Summer of Us to be one of my summer reads and got stuck in shortly before summer ended The Last Summer of Us begins sadder than expected Limpet an affectionate nickname is attending her mother s funeral and feels suffocated by grief, s I bought Maggie Harcourt s The Last Summer of Us during my trip to Topping Company Booksellers in Bath As it s a summery story about three best friends on a road trip, it seemed like the perfect choice for me on my own trip across the UK I picked The Last Summer of Us to be one of my summer reads and got stuck in shortly before summer ended The Last Summer of Us begins sadder than expected Limpet an affectionate nickname is attending her mother s funeral and feels suffocated by grief, so leaves the rest of her friends and family to meet her two best friends, Steffan and Jared, by the lake Shortly after, the three teenagers who are all struggling with family, life and the future in their own ways spontaneously embark on a journey through the countryside, cramped together in Steffan s old car.Limpet, Steffan and Jared were difficult characters to get to know The Responsible One, The Rich One, The Quiet One All three are uncomfortable over sharing, anxious about how they are meant to continue after their last year of school and find it tough to come to terms with the fact that their parents, the people who they re supposed to look up to, are far from perfect But I adored the times when the friends just got to be free, happy, and themselves, and the little moments they shared, from Jared saving Limpet from potential axe murderers to Steffan playing the violin, so absorbed that he doesn t notice his travel buddies approaching.The Last Summer of Us is a different take on the road trip novel and even though I never felt close to Jared, Steffan and Limpet, all flawed and full of angst, I appreciated the chance to take a trip through the Welsh countryside, surprise ostriches and all I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  4. Sarah Churchill says:

    A story of loss, regret and friendship cleverly disguised as a summer road trip filled with humour and future anecdotes Harcourt has a real talent for balancing both sides of the coin seamlessly The Last Summer of Us covers some very serious and touching subjects the death of a parent, alcoholism, theft, neglect, shame and responsibility, butthan that it s about friendship a true friendship that I found myself caring aboutthan I ever expected I don t think I ve ever read Welsh A story of loss, regret and friendship cleverly disguised as a summer road trip filled with humour and future anecdotes Harcourt has a real talent for balancing both sides of the coin seamlessly The Last Summer of Us covers some very serious and touching subjects the death of a parent, alcoholism, theft, neglect, shame and responsibility, butthan that it s about friendship a true friendship that I found myself caring aboutthan I ever expected I don t think I ve ever read Welsh friendships so perfectly presented our penchant to be fiercely loyal while mercilessly taking the mickey out of each other at every opportunity It s a trait that I ve found to be rare elsewhere, but in Wales our ability to laugh at ourselves, and especially our friends, is expected and accepted, and it made me love this all the .I wish all three of these characters well in their unknown futures I get that they re fictional, but right now that doesn t matter I want them to be ok

  5. Viola says:

    Ugh this had such a good premise but it was just so boring Everything felt off and I don t know why but the protagonists annoyed me so much I m sorry but I hated reading this and I was so relieved and happy to finally finish it and put it away.

  6. Bridget says:

    A summer read for those who like their teenagers sensitive and with plenty of issues, but who are cheerful souls This is the story of three friends who are on their last ever adventure together They each have lots of things to deal with in their lives, but their fondness for each other is written so sensitively This is funny and sad and sweet The Eleanor and Park lovers will enjoy this.

  7. Hazel (Stay Bookish) says:

    Visit Stay Bookish forbook reviews Do you know that feeling when you realize a book was meant for you to read Well, The Last Summer of Us made me feel just that Seriously, if Maggie Harcourt hadn t already written this book, I would ve had to eventually just because I needed this story in my life like yesterday But she did write it beautifully I might add and I m so glad.It was impossible for The Last Summer of Us not to become my new favorite book It just had so many aspects that I Visit Stay Bookish forbook reviews Do you know that feeling when you realize a book was meant for you to read Well, The Last Summer of Us made me feel just that Seriously, if Maggie Harcourt hadn t already written this book, I would ve had to eventually just because I needed this story in my life like yesterday But she did write it beautifully I might add and I m so glad.It was impossible for The Last Summer of Us not to become my new favorite book It just had so many aspects that I love packed into the story, namely summer adventures road tripsI m super obsessed with books set on the road and in the summer time For real, I sometimes wish every contemporary I read has a summer road trip In The Last Summer of Us, three best friends decide to hit the road after Limpet s mother s funeral Her life turned upside down, she needs to get away for a while But the trip she takes with Jared and Stefan isthan just a fun excursion to ignore her grief Instead, it s a journey of embracing friendship, healing scars and moving on Perhaps I m not made of glass after all Perhaps I m made of something stronger.friendship familyLosing a family member is a heartbreaking experience to go through Having friends to lean on when you re mourning is such an important thing and I was glad that Limpet had her boys by her side I really loved the dynamic between Limpet, Jared, and Steffan as well as how eloquently their characters are painted and developed Moreover, I love the way The Last Summer of Us portrays the bond between them Together, the trio learns about growing up and facing not only the past but also the future We started with a funeral It ends with a wake Our wake Steffan, Jared and Limpet s The paradox that somehow worked This is how we bow out This is where we end When we look back and we will this will be the moment we see This is the ending and the beginning This is all of it All the mess and all the masks forgotten All our scars charted and mapped This is what it always was, what it was always going to be.sweet slow burn romanceAt first, I was worried One girl and two guy best friends It seemed like a recipe for a love triangle But thank god there wasn t one Halfway through the book, it s easy enough to distinguish the love interest because of the palpable chemistry between him and the main character I m prone to swooning over slow burn romances and the one in The Last Summer of Us left me twitterpated and drawing hearts on the pages He smells of beginnings Beginnings set in motion a long time ago and overlooked Beginnings which no number of endings could bury.lovely writing strong voiceI pretty much vandalized my copy of this book with all the margin notes I wrote about how I absolutely loved the writing Harcourt s prose is emotional and punchy and the narrative is so real and compelling I held my breath from the first page to the last and when I finished reading, I took a moment to revel in this beautiful, hopeful story We are not our histories, however deep they cut or however much they scar us Whatever guilt we feel, rightly or wrongly, whatever baggage we carry, it is not all that we are.I did not bury myself with my mother.I amI am me.The Last Summer of Us completely surprised me I didn t expect to finish it in one sitting and fall in love with it I found it to be such a wonderful, touching read not to mention such a powerful book about friendship, family, and grief I highly recommend it

  8. Sophie says:

    Originally published at road trip novels are a rarity in UKYA so I gobbled up The Last Summer of Us.Set in a small town in Wales, Limpet, Jared and Steffan are going on a badly needed road trip Everything has changed and it keeps on changing and they re clinging to each other for security All three are pretty messed up and all at the fault of their parents you know that Philip Larkin poem, This Be the Verse They fuck you up, your mum and dad Originally published at road trip novels are a rarity in UKYA so I gobbled up The Last Summer of Us.Set in a small town in Wales, Limpet, Jared and Steffan are going on a badly needed road trip Everything has changed and it keeps on changing and they re clinging to each other for security All three are pretty messed up and all at the fault of their parents you know that Philip Larkin poem, This Be the Verse They fuck you up, your mum and dad They may not mean to, but they do They fill you with the faults they had, And add some extra, just for you Sums up Limpet, Jared and Steffan s experiences of childhood and being a teenager pretty well, really After this summer, at the end of their trip to the Welsh coast, nothing will ever be the same again All of the things bubbling beneath the surface gives the three friends a jarring dynamic that just works Unexpected feelings are coming to light and tension is building and it s wonderful.But the thing I most loved about Maggie Harcourt s debut is how real it feels Limpet, Jared and Steffan bicker, disagree, get angry and ruthlessly tease each other and sometimes they even do genuinely hurtful things to each other, even if their intentions were good They re all beautifully flawed and that s not hidden I don t remember the last time I read a book where the love interest was so unromanticised Jared is completely human and though Limpet is developing feelings for him, she doesn t put him on a pedestal he s still Jared, but she s just viewing the things that make him him a little differently It made their relationship so muchtouching and poignant.Beautifully sad, but ultimately hopeful, I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Summer of Us and I sincerely hope that this will be the first in a long line of UKYA like this

  9. Ella Watson says:

    It is a very rare occurrence that I come across a book that I really don t get along with It is also very rare that I feel an obligation to read a book for the sake of finishing it and getting a review published Reading is something that I love to do, however during reading this book over the past few days, I have had to force myself to do it.The characters were clich , and in my opinion boring I didn t like their relationships with each other I thought that there was not enough contrast in It is a very rare occurrence that I come across a book that I really don t get along with It is also very rare that I feel an obligation to read a book for the sake of finishing it and getting a review published Reading is something that I love to do, however during reading this book over the past few days, I have had to force myself to do it.The characters were clich , and in my opinion boring I didn t like their relationships with each other I thought that there was not enough contrast in the two male characters I kept getting mixed up between the two I wasn t keen on the male character either.I did like some of the humour that the author instils in the conversations Well that s kind of all I liked.The thing I found most annoying about this book was that I felt that the plot had so much potential However rather than concentrating on one thing, be in the relationship at the centre of the plot or the history of the mothers of the characters, the author attempts to include all of these and does not expand on the points well enough.I read this as part of my Carnegie shadowing for this year, and I regret to say that I will be greatly surprised if this book makes it onto the longlist

  10. Amy says:

    I was excited to read The Last Summer of Us when Sarah Churchill featured it on her Youtube channel, she mentioned it was a debut set in North Wales and was written by a Welsh author I had high hopes and expected a familiar setting and witty dialogue that I would instantly feel at home with, for the most part this didn t happen Limpet is attending her mothers funeral with her two best friends Jared and Stefan, instantly we know something is off about the trio Limpet s family don t want her ar I was excited to read The Last Summer of Us when Sarah Churchill featured it on her Youtube channel, she mentioned it was a debut set in North Wales and was written by a Welsh author I had high hopes and expected a familiar setting and witty dialogue that I would instantly feel at home with, for the most part this didn t happen Limpet is attending her mothers funeral with her two best friends Jared and Stefan, instantly we know something is off about the trio Limpet s family don t want her around and cart her off with her friends on a road trip Jared s dad is about to be released from prison and Stefan is making strange decisions involving his dad s belongings After the three set off on their journey secrets are slowly revealed which make all the characters thoughtful and nostalgic A punch up, ostrich farm and a music festival are just some of the fun situations they get into Each character in this book has a depressing back story which we learnabout throughout their road trip I did like each of the characters but they were at points in their lives that made me not enjoy their thoughts, every situation turned into a reflection rather than just enjoying the moment I didn t understand why the author added elephants and ostriches to the story, I thought it was a way to make the journeyinteresting but the Welsh atmosphere suffered because of this as it was not a realistic situation I did like the dialogue and humour of the characters though and they bounced off one another nicely I especially liked when Stefan decided to let Limpet drive his car The music festival was good and I liked that both Limpet and Jared supported Stefan when it really mattered I didn t understand the secrecy behind Limpet s real name, when it was revealed at the end I was confused why the author made it seem like a big deal Maybe there is a bigger meaning behind revealing herself but I didn t really get it Jared and Limpet s relationship was a bit of a let down, I really didn t like the ending and it was left open a little to much I want to know what happens to Stefan when he goes to America and what happens to Limpet and her family when they return home

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