The Summer List by Chatti Brown

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PUB DATE: JUNE 26, 2018 (preorder here)

“I wanted to ask her if she felt like I did, if the years when we’d been friends still seemed more important than anything that had happened since.”


Laura and Casey were once inseparable: as they floated on their backs in the sunlit lake, as they dreamed about the future under starry skies, and as they teamed up for the wild scavenger hunts in their small California lakeside town. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. With a twist: this time, the list of clues leads to the settings of their most cherished summer memories. From glistening Jade Cove to the vintage skating rink, each step they take becomes a bittersweet reminder of the friendship they once shared. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart… 

Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List is about losing and recapturing the person who understands you best—and the unbreakable bonds of girlhood.


The Summer List was a compelling read- I struggled to put this down and finished it in the wee hours of the morning. If you don't have this in your summer reading list, hurry and go get it asap. I loved the nolstagic summer (and 80s) vibes, and the second chance for Laura and Casey to mend their broken friendship. Who doesn't have a friend that they've lost touch with? That said, the book isn't just about female friendship. The author did a beautiful job touching on the fragile mother/daughter dynamics. At first glance this is a feel-good-take-to-the- beach read, but a closer look will find you mesmerized by the intricacy of it all.  

My only critic is that I absolutely hate the overhead misunderstanding scenerio which could be easily cleared if people stopped eavesdropping and communicated to one another. Like seriously, please step out of the shadows and declare, "Hey, it's me. I'm here. Did I hear that right?!" Perhaps this happens in real life more than I know because I see it so often in books and tv and it frustrates me to no end. But to be fair, it is this little interaction (or lack of) that drives the story. Nonetheless, it must be telling that I highly recommend this book despite that little irritation.  It was an addictive read and by the end, the truth left me a bit breathless. 

*Thank you Harlequin/Graydon House for the free review copy.