Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Invincible Summer
Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: April 19, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: FinePrint Literary
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.
I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Invincible Summer blog tour today! Hannah Moskowitz's second novel was just released on April 19th, and I am so glad to be reviewing it here at bookmarked.

I was already looking forward to reading this title, so I jumped at the chance to be a part of this tour. I've heard great things about Hannah's debut Break. Invincible Summer has gotten some good buzz, but unfortunately I was left a bit underwhelmed.

I really expected Melinda to be an Alaska Young - troubled, mysterious, seductive - but unfortunately I could not find the appeal. I realize that, first and foremost, this was a story about Chase, as it was told from his point of view. I also realize that this was secondly a story about Chase's family. However, I thought Melinda's character would have been better developed considering the fact that she was such a common theme in Noah and Chase's lives. There wasn't really anything there that made me like her or dislike her; she was just sort of there. I felt like I should have had some sort of emotion when it came to her character, but I didn't feel like she gave much to the story.

The same could be said about many of the other characters including Noah and Chase, who I thought the story was supposed to be about. Maybe it was due to the broken timeline, but I never got invested in the characters' lives. I also had trouble understanding their family dynamic. I get that not all families emulate the Cleavers, but the lack of parenting from seemingly stable, present parents was questionable. I felt like Chase was more of an adult than either of his parents: constantly looking out for Gideon, trying to protect Claudia's innocence, and keeping Noah grounded.

I didn't hate it, really I didn't, I just wanted more from the characters. The story was good, even if it was a little less than believable at times, and the writing was even better. I jotted down several lines I particularly enjoyed, which isn't something I do very often. I'm definitely still looking forward to reading Break, and I'll certainly give anything else Hannah writes a try. I hope you'll check out other reviews and try Invincible Summer for yourself.

Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for other reviews, interviews, and giveaways!

4/06  Total Bookaholic                          
4/07  The Compulsive Reader
4/08  Allure of Books
4/09  Chick Loves Lit
4/10  For What It's Worth
4/11  The Book Muncher
4/12  Readergirls
4/13  Just Your Typical Book Blog
4/15  The Undercover Book Lover
4/16  The Frenetic Reader
4/17  Electrifying Reviews
4/18  Novel Thoughts
4/19  The Story Siren
4/19  Zoe's Book Reviews
4/20  Sarah's Random Musings
4/21  Bookanistas
4/21  Forever Young Adult
4/22  Consumed by Books
4/23  The Book Butterfly
4/26  Candace's Book Blog
4/27  bookmarked
4/28  IB Book Blogging
4/29  Miss Remmers
5/02  Reading Nook
5/03  Read My Mind

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