Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Review: The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George

Author: Caroline George
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: March 2022

Some memories are better left forgotten.
Darby and Morgan haven’t spoken for two years, and their friend group has splintered. But when the body of their former science teacher is found in the marsh where they attended camp that summer, they realize they have more questions than answers . . . and even fewer memories.

No one remembers—or no one is talking.

The group of reunited friends begins to suspect that a murderer is stalking the coastal highway 30A, and they must try to recover their memories as quickly as possible . . . before the history they can’t remember repeats itself.

Everyone has a secret.

As tensions rise and time runs out, Darby and Morgan begin to wonder if they can believe one another . . . or if they can even trust themselves.

The Summer We Forgot is exactly the type of YA mystery that I would have loved as a teen.  It involves a groups of teens who, two years before, were involved in something that none of them can remember.  When their middle school science teacher's missing body is found, they realize they have to recapture their lost memories. Maybe then they will be able to get back all that they lost.

I really enjoyed this one.  I thought the pacing was just right with key clues and memories being revealed at the right moments.  I was definitely kept guessing. Everyone involved has secrets, some worse than others.   I enjoyed all of the characters. Especially Darby as she had the most growth by the end of the book. The story is told through the alternating points of view of Morgan and Darby.  I loved watching them recapture their friendship. While there is some violence, it is a clean story all around.  The ending was very satisfactory.  I definitely recommend this one.

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