Lying About Last Summer Paperback – 5 May 2016
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About the Author:
Sue Wallman is a journalist living in London. LYing About Last Summer is her first novel.
- Age: 12-16
- Binding: B format - paperback
Lying About Last Summer
Last summer Skye's sister died in a tragic accident and now she's looking for an escape from reality. Her parents think that a holiday camp for bereaved teens might help her move on.
At first camp doesn't seem so bad. But when Skye starts receiving texts from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she wonders if her camp mates can be trusted.
It's time to face the truth,but the truth can be dangerous.
- We Were Liars meets Thirteen Reasons Why - a modern suspense novel with twists and turns that will surprise the reader, and an emotional heart at the core
- The strong cast of characters will keep you guessing who the villain is and the claustrophobic summer camp setting is the perfect backdrop for the thrilling conclusion
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Teenage Skye (her age isn't given but it appears she is about 15) loses her sister to a murder/drowning accident, a tragedy that rips apart her family and sends her into seclusion, denial, and an unhealthy extended mourning. One year later she is sent to a week-long 'bereavement camp' for teens who have lost someone close to them. While there she meets other mildly damaged teens while coming to terms with her own loss and mistakes, occasionally dipping back into the past to explain what really happened when her sister died.
The story is told in a present-tense first-person narrative, but I thought it would make more sense if the 'last summer' chapters were told in a past-tense. Just my observation, and something I would have done. I was expecting a big plot twist at the end, regarding the main story, but what we get is satisfactory. With just a touch more gloom and a slightly bleaker tone I would have given this a stronger review. As it is, LALS will keep you hooked, though it is unlikely to leave a permanent impression.
Apart from that this is a real page turner and i thoroughly enjoyed it.
Recommend for teens + YA
but please do check out See How They Lie, it's fantastic!
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