Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Invincible Summer: By Hannah Moskowitz



Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....


Summer is a special time in a teens life. It is filled with adventure, flirting, and growth. Invincible Summer covers four unforgettable summers in the life of 15 to 18 year old Chase McGills and how they changed his life forever.

I think the first thing I have to say about Invincible Summer is that it is NOT a light read. Do not be fooled by the cover or the product description. While the story does contain issues of love, lust, and family, it also holds much deeper and darker issues that will shock readers to their core.

I’m not saying readers wont enjoy this book, on the contrary I found the writing superb, the characters (most specifically Gideon) interesting, and the issues deep and meaningful. But readers should be forewarned, and as long as they are expecting this deeper (and tear jerking) novel they will most likely love it.

That said I personally was bothered by the constant Camus references and quotes, and felt the book would have been better if Moskowitz had either limited it or left it out completely. Besides that I also was bothered by how sexualized Claudia was at the age of 11 (I would understand if these actions were attributed to her when she was older, but not this much this young.)

Of course these are small issues in the overall captivating nature of the book. As I mentioned Invincible Summer is well written, heartfelt, and deep. Readers will easily find themselves drawn into Chase’s confusing and troubled summer world, and find they haven’t looked up until the final pages of this hauntingly beautiful book. All in all a truly engaging book.

9 out of 10


Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: April 19, 2011

Price: $9.99

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