May 2, 2011

Review: The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan Mcvoy

4 very delicious s'mores.

Cover Love:
At first I just thought it was ok. Then I realized that there was one scoop of ice cream for each sister. It makes the cover perfect.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
Because it was a book with summer in the title and it was about to expire on my nook. It is another book from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab. Here's the synopsis from Good Reads:
Three sisters. One life-changing summer.

Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They’ve been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla's last chance.

Violet isn't much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn't real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk...even though James is completely off-limits.

Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated?

I Kept Reading:
I wanted to see what happens to each of the sisters!

Romance?: It's a book about summer camps involving three sisters, of course there is romance!

What I Liked (& Didn't):
Each chapter is told in a different sister's voice. This author does a great job with each of the sisters personalities.

I related most to Daisy (being a third child myself). There were times I wantesd her to stand up for herself, but I wouldn't have at that age. I cheered for her when she finally felt confident enough to do something about her problem.

Calla's storyline broke my heart the whole time. The fact that she felt she had to be so responsible instead of truly enjoying her last summer before college, typical oldest child I think.

I think the author nailed the birth order tendencies very well. Violet seemed the most laid back, like middle children tend to be. Her first intense scene with James was so well-written! Amazing.

That brings up the boys--Duncan felt like the one we got to know the best, and he was very crush-worthy! I also adored James, even though he wasn't as fleshed out as Duncan. Joel was probably a very typical freshman boy (it would have been interesting to have a glimpse into his side of the story with Daisy).

Now, I am someone that likes to have my story's tied up neatly at the end. So, this ending, while being very perfect for the book, was very unsatisfactory for me!

To Sum Up:
Fun book with great characters at a wonderful setting. Wonderful summer read!

Book from Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab. Thanks so much!


  1. I wish S & S would decide to get Kindle friendly!! :-)

  2. Hm, I want my endings to be tied up neatly too. The rest of the book sounds good though. I like stories that focus on sisters (and a little romance for each of them doesn't hurt!)