Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (ARC)
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Versions: paperback
Recieved from: Around the World Tours

Summary (from
After getting dumped by her boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Mia Gordon is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives, her cousins are distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever. That's when she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. Simon isn't like the snobby party boys her cousins seem obsessed with; he's funny, artistic, and utterly adventurous. And from the very first time he encourages Mia to go skinny-dipping, she's caught up in a current impossible to resist. Timeless in feel, The Summer of Skinny-Dipping is a poignant, literary read sure to dazzle tweens and teens alike.

The Summer of Skinny Dipping starts off with Mia going to her cousins house (in the Hamptons) for the summer. But everything she remembered about them has changed and they don't even seem like they want to spend time with her anymore. Then one night at a party, she meets Simon and starts hanging out with him at night. He tries to get her to go swimming and skinny dipping and it turns out to be a fun little romance.

I expected more from this book, because I loved the summary but I wasn't too dissapointed with it either. The book was overall a little too wordy and got very dry and boring-but the plot line was interesting. I wasn't pleased with the characters either. The cousins were annoying and I could hardly stand reading about them.

Will I reread it?
Um, maybe. I guess if I'm in the mood for a fun summery book then I might pick it up. But I will have to say, that even though I didn't enjoy this book as much as I would have liked, I'll probably give Amanda Howells writing another go, so I'll be keeping my eye out.


Emidy said...

Aw, too bad you didn't like this book so much. It doesn't really seem like a book I'd enjoy, but thanks for reviewing it!

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I can't wait for summer! The beautiful cover of this book got me longing to spend time at the beach... And who knows, maybe I'll take this book with me and read there! ;)