Book Review: Summerlost by Ally Condie
When tragedy strikes Cedar’s family, they buy a home closer to her extended family to spend the summer. There, Cedar takes a job working a Shakespeare festival and meets Leo. Together they have some adventures and learn about friendship and love.
I picked up this book because A) Ally Condie is a great writer and B) I heard her talk about why she wrote this book on an author panel. It is a very honest book without being forced. I loved the quiet friendship between Leo and Cedar, but I also loved the brother sister relationship in this book and the complexity of the characters
On why Cedar liked to hang out with Leo:
I wasn’t sure why. But if I had to guess, I would say it was because I liked talking to Leo. He always seemed to be thinking about something. His brain was very busy.
I wanted to go along with him, tag along with his mind like a hitchhiker, so that I could keep my brain busy too.
On missing someone
“You don’t have to know someone all the way to miss them,” Leo said, “Or to feel bad that they’re gone.”
On tunnels…and so much more.
As we came out of the hallway, I pretended that the whole world had secret tunnels, where people could walk straight to wherever they really wanted to be and ignore all the meanness in the middle.
I wiped my eyes on my sleeve before Leo could see.
Recommended Grades: 5-8
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Overall Opinion: Recommend