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Lying About Last Summer

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They might even be dangerous, and Sky soon realises that if she wants to get to the bottom of the messages, she cannot trust anyone but herself. When the mysterious text messages started (printed in bold on the page) I had to give myself a telling off for flicking ahead in the book to read what else was said between the two. She won The Woman’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award in 2013 and has gone on to win many other awards for her young adult thrillers, the first of which, Lying About Last Summer, was selected for the WHSmith/Zoella book club.

What really made this book amazing is where I was having trouble trying to work it all out, and the outcome came so unexpected and for me that's what a thriller is all about! Books about death aren’t for me”, just hear me out, because “Lying About Last Summer” is everything but a grim story. Straight from the offset the writing draws you into the setting and you can quite easily imagine a hot summers days lounging by a glistening blue pool. I had such a fun time reading this (mostly because I read it all in one sitting, sat out in the sun!All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but the last thing Sky wants to do is think about the past. Fast forward one year and Skye’s mother is packing her off for a summer getaway at Morley Hill Activity and Adventure Centre for six days and five nights of back-to-back activities all fully-funded by a charity for bereaved kids.

The courage and strength to want to live and move beyond the pain and debilitating feelings that come with grief. Skye emerges as a good heroine, it is full of teenage characters who all have their own personal stories to tell.

Lying About Last Summer was a tense and gripping thriller while at the same time exploring grief in a beautiful way.

The writing was strong and the mystery over the mystery texter made me suspect every person about the camp. When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it’s time to confront the past. It wasn't as twisty as I was expecting, as I had guessed a few of the things that came out towards the end, but it was still a stellar, enjoyable read.The idea behind it was very good, but given that it plays such a big role in the book, it is a shame that it did not feel especially well realised. As an uncomfortable Skye summons up the courage to revisit her old home and the scene of Luisa’s death she is finally able to address her overriding guilt. There's something addicted about this book, and I can't put my finger on what it was that made me speed through.

Loved this book - it's officially a Young Adult title and it's a very long time since I was a young adult, but the engaging central character and the twists and turns of the plot kept me reading. It's a quick fab read that is soaked with tense suspense, realistic characters, sun drenched in mystery and shines brightly with beautiful writing. The mystery isn't very complicated but it was enough to make my heart skip just a little bit in fear. There were some good descriptions here and there, but generally I found it hard to visualise as one central location.Guilt stemming from her belief that she did not do anything when she could have saved her sister Luisa, if only she had not remained frozen on the spot and unable to move watching the events unfolding in front of her. Could all of her concerns stem from an overactive imagination or is there something more ominous underway at Morley and who, if any, of her campmates can she really trust. Alternatively, if it’s the beautiful writing and characterisation that appeals, you must read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Yes, I get they (and us) are caught up with the mystery texter, but I couldn't help getting annoyed over how not aware they were. Skye makes friends with Faye, Joe and Brandon who she builds a close relationship with and gave this story a hopeful outlook which was lovely.

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