- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Teen (28 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006232764X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062327642
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,192,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Season for Fireflies Hardcover – 28 Jun 2016
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Maizel delivers a satisfying and fairly distinctive twist on the trendy teen-amnesia novel. Cloaked in the glow of a mysterious and almost magical influx of fireflies, it s a fresh take with a familiar feel. --Kirkus"
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A contemporary, coming-of-age romance about first friend betrayals and first loves Teens who are fans of light summer romances with a dollop of drama will be intrigued and rooting for Penny in her journey towards self-love, actualization, and acceptance. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)"
"Maizel delivers a satisfying and fairly distinctive twist on the trendy teen-amnesia novel. Cloaked in the glow of a mysterious and almost magical influx of fireflies, it's a fresh take with a familiar feel."--Kirkus
"A good addition to YA romance fans' summer reading lists. Give to teens who enjoy books by Katie Cotugno or Robin Constantine."--School Library Journal
About the Author
Rebecca Maizel hails from Rhode Island, where she teaches literature at her alma mater the Wheeler School. She tries not to force her students to read her books, though. Rebecca is the author of several published novels for young adults, and recently received an MFA in Writing for Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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Penny does no longer spend time with her theater friends and now has a new best friend, Kylie. Kylie seems to get her and Penny doesn't have to talk about the difficult things in her life to be understood. She misses the stage, but she has found other ways to spend her free time. When a terrible accident nearly kills Penny she loses part of her memory, the past year. She can't remember her new friends and doesn't know how she lost her old ones. Will Penny be able to find out the truth about herself and will she be able to share her memories with the people who care about her when she does?
A Season for Fireflies is a beautiful, moving story. Penny doesn't want anyone to know what's going on inside her. She's closed off and doesn't want to share the bad things, so she can pretend everything is great. Her friends know that something is going on, because part of Penny's story has been in the papers, but as she doesn't talk they don't know what it is exactly. I could feel her pain, her struggles and her heartbreak. Rebecca Maizel has described these feelings in the exact right way. Her writing is impressive and sensitive and she definitely knows what she's talking about. The tears were streaming down my face when I read about Penny's situation. I was completely overwhelmed by how well the author portrays her emotions, her descriptions are spot-on.
Penny is an incredibly strong girl. She's actually much too tough on herself which leads to a lot of difficulties. Rebecca Maizel describes them in a realistic and heartfelt way. She plays with tension and that meant I kept being curious about what would happen next. A Season for Fireflies is a fast-paced story. It's filled with meaningful scenes. I think this book is absolutely amazing. You often have no idea what happens behind closed doors. This story is an impressive example of the problems difficulties at home can cause in someone's life. Penny needs to find a way to deal with hers and even though her journey is far from easy she will learn how to manage eventually. I loved the wisdom she gathers along the way. A Season for Fireflies is a fantastic mix of compassion, honesty, sadness and hope.
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First Thought After Finishing: Like Shakespeare said, all’s well that ends well--no matter how you get there.
Some books are quick reads but leave you thinking; others you have to take stretch out over several days. A Season for Fireflies is the former. I read the book in one day, mostly in one sitting, but it’s been on my mind for a few days since then.
Penny lives for theater. She acts in plays year-round and hopes to be an actress, and her best friends are there. However, her best acting job is what she dos every day—hiding how bad her mom’s drinking is from everyone. However, when the effects catch up with her, she’s desperate for a change that gets her out of the spotlight and away from questions. She spends a year hanging out with the popular crowd, balancing partying and studying, as long as it keeps her away from home. But when a lighting strike takes a year of her memory, Penny has to decide how she wants to rebuild her life.
Penny’s struggles hit close to home. Opening up and accepting help can be a challenge. She finds it easier to ignore the problems, to push away others before they can push her away. Wes, who wants to be more than her friend, scares her most of all. But when she has to face how she reinvented herself, she realizes that even though parties are fun, she can’t escape from life for forever. For anyone who has a hard time sharing personal information for fear of reactions, Penny’s story is worth reading.
This story was easy to get caught up in. I wanted to know if Penny could rebuild her relationships and if she would get her memory back. Her friends were also fun to read about. Panda especially made me smile and was someone I wanted to know more about—if there was to be a spinoff story, I would choose him to be the main character. Then there was Wes. He’s the kind of first crush that every girl deserves, and he plays an important role in the story. Finally, I loved the idea through the book of creating a life for yourself. Life didn’t have to be all or nothing; sometimes bold choices work out for the best.
Most Memorable Aspect: I liked the firefly imagery throughout the book. It brought back so many childhood memories and made me wish I’d had some of the same picturesque backdrops. I also loved the theater references throughout the story.
A sweet story of self-discovery and making choices for yourself, A Season for Fireflies is a fast read but a touching one. Rebecca Maizel has a unique style that I definitely enjoyed, and I look forward to reading more from her.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
This book was such a quick read. I flew through it in one sitting which is a great feeling to start and finish a book so rapidly and have that sense of completion.
That said this book hits one of those areas that I’ve seen pop up a bit more as of late, memory loss. Whatever the circumstance the memory is lost to a point and how life has changed. This always intrigues me and makes me wonder if I lost my memory and had to ask people what kind of person I was would I like the answer. Penny didn’t lose all of her memories just those from the last year when her life went completely upside down from what she was used to.
Penny is fun and quirky. She always likes to make an entrance and she loves her friends and has her passion. She is having a hard time with things at home though and it takes a toll. I could relate to some of her decisions and her lack of desire to want to talk about things even with her closest friends. When you’ve always thrived at being in the spotlight and now you need to step back and stay out of the light. Sometimes it’s easier to start fresh, rather than pull down the good in one’s life with the bad. She makes some pretty crappy decisions along the way. She basically decides to change her entire life in one emotion filled night. While it made an interesting concept but it was a bit harder to see her sticking to her guns like that.
Two others who really caught my eye were Wes and new BFF Kylie. I loved the dynamic after Penny loses her memory and pretty much doesn’t remember Kylie but on the other end she always felt a connection to Wes. There is something really great in those parts to read. Maizel did a great job there. I enjoyed post memory loss the best part because it was like relearning things all over again, and the emotions portrayed were so genuine. Confused to find your life not as you remember….horrifying. Thankfully for me my life doesn’t change all that much so I wouldn’t have much issue but it’s still a scary thought. I wish we had a bit more with her original drama friends before to get more of a feel for them and just have a bit more of a connection to them but for such a short read it gave me enough to imagine the depth of their connection.
This book is full of complex dynamics between friends past and present and reconciling the different, but it also touches on some serious family dynamics. Her mom is not mom of the year. Her dad is sweet but distant, lost in his own world. Throughout the book they both come into play and both factor into who she is and who she becomes because in the end it’s a book of self discovery. It only took a little lightening strike in a pool to help her put her priorities in order. Side note here, I apologize to my mother for all the times I rolled my eyes as she made me get out of the pool when it started to storm because yep nope this doesn’t sound fun in the least.
Overall I enjoyed it, and for a couple hours of reading, I had a great time. I even liked the idea of the influx of fireflies because who doesn’t remember being a kid and chasing after them to catch them. In times much more innocent before things got all wonky and adulting took over.