THREE friends, TWO secrets, ONE lie, and the summer that changed their lives.
In 1953, three teenage girls’ innocent conversations about what each of them would do if the end of the world were imminent, coupled with a friend’s obsession, become the catalyst for a prank that spins wildly beyond control and draws in an entire town. Left behind in the wake of that summer’s events are their unrealized dreams and open wounds. In 1973, a reunion trip to the small town of their youths returns them to the summer of 1953 and the passion and betrayal that changed their lives.
The world is ripe for destruction in 1953. The Korean War drags on and the Rosenbergs are executed as spies. Senator Joseph McCarthy convinces the country communists are infiltrating the government, and the threat of nuclear war festered in the collective consciousness of the nation. While American’s constructed backyard bomb shelters, the government conducted nuclear tests in the desert.
Some of the other reviewers of this book are calling it a great summer read or a great beach read. I tend to disagree. When I think of a great summer read or a great beach read I think of something light and fluffy and probably humorous. That is not what this book is. It is a great read, but it is not light or fluffy or humorous.
This is the story of the summer of three young women. A coming of age story sent in 1953 and also in 1973 when a reunion occurs between those whose lives entwined that summer so long ago.
It is not as powerful perhaps as The Help or some of the other great books written centering in that era, but it is thought provoking in it's own right. Only in hindsight can we see clearly.
This is a very enjoyable, if somewhat somber, story of teen angst and the effects of war.
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