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....

Not your typical beach read.
(from Goodreads)

I love books about summer. And as I am longing for summer to hurry up and get here (yes, I know spring has just begun), this is the perfect book to read. Told from the perspective from middle-brother Chase, we get to look into the lives of the functioning dysfunctional McGill family.

Chase loves the summer, he loves the beach and his family, especially his older brother Noah. Every summer, the family vacations at their beach house where they spend the long days with their neighbors, the Hathaways - Melinda, Shannon and Bella. The story begins with Chase's 15th summer as he takes care of his deaf younger brother Gideon, out-of-control sister Claudia, and awaiting for the arrival of his new baby sister. He is having a good time catching with his friends, quoting Camus at any available opportunity but all he wants, more than anything, is for Noah to be around more - and for his parents to fight a little less.

The story continues with the family returning to the beach house every summer but as the years pass and the siblings grow older, Chase begins to realize that nothing can remain the same. Life gets more complicated, girls make it more complicated and summer can't last forever.

I loved this book so much. I loved the exploration of the dynamics of such a large family with each sibling playing to their respective roles. Claudia, too grown-up for her own good brought humor and a dose of reality to the family. I was worried about her, but at the same time her insight was refreshing. She could see through all the crap and let you know about it too.

Invincible Summer is a quick, but not light summer read. It will have you longing for hot summer days, the breeze coming off of the ocean, and a time that you will always want to remember and can never forget.

Invincible Summer is the second novel by Hannah Moskowitz. It is available now from Simon Pulse. You can visit Hannah's blog at http://hannahmosk.blogspot.com/

I requested this book for review from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab and this review is based on the Advanced Reading Copy.



  1. Nice review. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. I'm really excited for it...need to go pick up a copy soon. So many books! LOL I love the idea of the book taking place over various summers. That's a different way of telling a story...makes it more interesting.

    -Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

  2. I already have Moskowitz's Break, which I'll read soon, and I also look forward to this novel.


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