Today I'm thrilled to be part of the Last Wish of Summer blog tour hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. Today I'll be including my review of this novel.
But first here's some information about the author:
Phillip Overton’s writing has been compared to none other than Nicholas Sparks (http://tinyurl.com/8vhezr6) , and his latest novel Last Wish of Summer offers readers the perfect book to spend a summer’s day reading at the beach. In a book that reminds us to be careful what we wish for, it manages to weave the wholesome, virginal qualities of the main character Tanya with her band of misfit friends in their pursuit of being able to reason why a washed up message in a bottle is somehow granting their every wish come true. Often in a manner that is both coincidental and strangely bizarre.
Just as a movie adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel will appeal to people of all ages, so too will this story that follows the adventures of a group of twenty something’s on the last day of summer. The book not only manages to cut through any pre-conceived ideas we hold on morals, body-image and social status, but delights in helping us discover what may already be right under our nose to begin with.
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And now here's the synopsis of this novel:
As the sun prepares to rise on the last day of summer, three friends find themselves totally unprepared for the events that are about to take place around them. For Tanya it is a chance to find peace three years after losing her parents in an auto accident. Deciding she simply can’t continue blaming God for her loss, she places a heartfelt poem in a bottle and throws it into the sea on the eve of her birthday, granting her birthday wish to whoever finds it.
Early the next morning, her best friend Anton and his buddy Johnno find the bottle washed up on the shore and set about putting it to the test. When Johnno falls for the new waitress at the café where Tanya works, it stirs up feelings of jealousy in Tanya. Surely Johnno couldn’t be the man that God had in mind for her? Suddenly, strange wishes are beginning to come true, but is it all a coincidence? Or is God about to change people’s lives for the better?
Welcome to Kings Beach, where the forecast for the last day of summer promises to be hot, hot, hot, with a definite change in the air.
And now for my review:
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This novel was nothing like I thought it would be and yet I absolutely adored it.
The characters were cute and I loved readinga bout them. Tanya, Anton, and Johno were undeniably intriguing. I loved that Overton allowed us to delve into each of their heads.
The premise of the novel was also intriguing. Andon and Johno pull up a bottle that allows any dream to come true. That should be perfect, right? But they are about to find that you should be careful what you wish for.
The writing style was very well crafted and drew me into the story. I flew through this novel and was thoroughly entertained the whole time.
So why three stars? While I enjoyed this book, it just lacked that extra something necessary to earn four stars. However, I loved how Overton weaved the idea of summer, love, Christianity, wishes, and friendship into one novel.
I did give this book three stars because while Overton did weave these themes together nicely, I felt like something was slightly lacking.
However, let me reiterate that this book was an enjoyable, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was hooked from page one and loved the book on a whole. I thought the characters' interactions with each other were genuine and that none of the characters were simply stock characters.
He developed his novel very nicely and this is one that I'm so glad I read. It had all the right qualities to make a captivating read.
The book was also clean which is something I deeply appreciated. There was no swearing, no sex scenes, and I loved that. Clean books are so rare that whenever I find one I celebrate.
In Summary: Phillip Overton's novel, Last Wish Of Summer, brilliantly weaves themes of friendship, love, summer, faith, and luck into a novel that readers are bound to love. Overton's novel was thoroughly enjoyable and left me entertained from the get-go.
Warnings/Side-notes: Like I mentioned above, this book is clean.
The Wrap-up: This book was above all just a fun read that I adored reading. I was rooting for the characters from the beginning and found myself constantly wondering what would happen next. This was a book I couldn't put down and quite enjoyed reading.