Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Summer of Skinny Dipping Review: A 2010 Debut Author Challenge Book

Title: The Summer of Skinny Dipping
Author: Amanda Howells
Pages: 304
 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
My Edition: ARC Paperback
Reading Level: Young Adult
Challenge Read for: 2010 Debut Author Challenge
Received from: Sourcebooks for review

Summary from Goodreads: 
"Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life. My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything...."

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, Mia is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives she find her cousins distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever, until she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. And from the very first time he encourages her to go skinny dipping, she's caught in a current impossible to resist.

Timeless in feel, The Summer of Skinny-Dipping is a poignant, literary coming-of-age romance that will live on long after summer has ended. 

The Summer of Skinny Dipping was much different than I was expecting but in a very good way. I didn't expect the great and emotional story and definitely not the sad and dramatic ending. The writing and story line was very detailed and easy to follow. I read it fairly quickly and even cried pretty hard at the ending. It is a perfect summer read which is good since summer is approaching quickly! I've loved basically every debut novel I've read so far this year, and this has held up as a really great one also.

The story begins with Mia who was just dumped by her first boyfriend and is going to spend the summer in the Hamptons with her family at her aunt's and cousins' beach house. She used to have a close relationship with her cousin but when she arrives she finds her cousin changed, distant, and moody with major issues. When Mia meets the boy next door Simon, everything starts to change. They start to form a close relationship as friends and then bond over late nights. The story focuses on solving family problems, finding first true love, and most importantly learning how to trust and how to be a friend.

The story moved along quickly from each night to the next and had absolutely no dull moments. I enjoyed reading about the late night swims Mia and Simon went on and especially enjoyed once they started to really bond and open up to one another. Mia's cousins were very irritating at times since they were total snobs, but as I found out more about their situation, they became more tolerable to read. At the beginning of the summer, Mia was a troubled teen with many family and self issues, but by the end of the summer, she finally found her true self and experienced the best summer of her life. 

The Summer of Skinny Dipping reminded me a lot of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler because of the similar themes, but both had a very different storyline. If you liked Ockler's book or want to read a fun summer book, then I would definitely recommend reading The Summer of Skinny Dipping. Since I really enjoyed Howells's first YA novel, I'm looking forward to reading more YA stories by her in the future! 



  1. Hey Adrienne! :D the cover is also very summery i love how you explained in detail without giving anything away great review girl :)

  2. I love the cover and it is totally summery like you said : ) And thanks I had a little trouble reviewing it because of the ending...

  3. Just stoping by from the hop and I found your cool blog so I clicked and now I'm a follower.

  4. the ending is it something really bad??

  5. made me cry a lot haha. I can't explain it without totally ruining the book. I actually ruined it for myself by looking to see how many pages were left and saw the ending...oops, but I still cried.

  6. This one looks good! Sounds like a perfect summer read :)

    xo, gina

  7. oh no!! the amount of times i have done that but i always somehow mange not to read the page when im looking for the page number aww, i guess ill need me some box of tissues for this one =)

  8. Hi! Stopping in from the blog hop! You have a great blog! :D


  9. This sounds like a really fun read!

  10. I'm reading this one now and loving it so far!

  11. The book certainly sounds interesting. Found you from the Hop.

  12. Hey Adrienne!
    The way that you describe this book is sounds awesome! I'm just like you An Addicted Book Reader, who can hang out at the libary for hours;-) And I just love your blog, how you tell about the books and writers. Maybe you will be one, I'm sure that you will make a great author.
    Fabulous, amazing and inspiering blog!


  13. Aww thank you so much Anna! It mines a lot to me : )

  14. This story just looks beautiful!! I would really love to read it! :)

  15. Great review, I wanted to read this one. Thanks for the contest.
    Jennifer W.

  16. Nice review. I can't wait to read this one. :) I love the cover!

  17. Sounds awesome!! Cant wait to read it!!


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