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{September 15, 2019}   {Review} Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

From Goodreads: 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 was a touch disappointed with this novel, as the last Moskowitz book I read, Gone, Gone, Gone, was absolutely phenomenal, but this one didn’t do anything for me. It was a bit too angsty, a little gritty, and just overall had too much of a staccato feel to it. The story takes place from the viewpoint of Chase over four summers in, I believe, Ocean City, MD, where he and his rather large family spend 1 month a year in the summer, next door to the Hathaways. It’s always been like this, and it’s something the whole family looks forward to all year, however, the first year we meet the family, everything is beginning to fall apart at the seams, and poor Chase is trying desperately to hold it all together. But, I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. Chase is 14 when the story opens, and I believe he’s 18 when it closes, but to me, he didn’t change, grow, or mature at all as a character over that span, and neither did any of the other characters, aside from in age. Chase’s older brother was melodramatic and lamented his upbringing, but for what reason’s, I was unclear, Chase was a tad clingy and touchy-feely, and the other characters were just kind of there. Melinda, next door, was a strange nymphomaniac, and the story itself just seemed to move too quickly and gloss over every major issue presented, and there were a lot. I think I would have really enjoyed this novel had those major bombshell scenes been fleshed out and truly dealt with, but that doesn’t seem to be the way anyone in the family deals with anything, and so the novel, and characters, left me more or less unsatisfied, so I rate this one a two.

I purchased this novel from Amazon.

However, like I said in the beginning, Moskowitz’s novel, GONE, GONE, GONE is absolutely wonderful and one you need to read, so below is a link to my review of that novel!

Gone, Gone, Gone 5 Star Review

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