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The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

Posted by Caitie F on June 2, 2011

This is a great summer read!

Title: The Summer of Firsts and Lasts 
Author: Terra Elan McVoy
Hardcover: 423 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Published: 2011
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

Three sisters. One life-changing summer.

Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They’ve been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla’s last chance.

Violet isn’t much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn’t real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk…even though James is completely off-limits.

Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated?


This book is SO much fun to read! I mean look at the cover. It just screams “you will enjoy reading this book and crave ice cream the entire time!”

It is a book about sisterhood, camp, boys, finding yourself, and sticking up for yourself and others. The camp parts are what everyone wants camp to be, but (at least in my one experience of camp) it never is. There are hookups and sneaking out. There are competitions and dances and everything you see in the movies about camp. Yeah, it may be a little unrealistic, but it is fun and it makes me long to go back to Camp Fitch…even though I went as swim camp so we were awake first, with mostly people from our team at home, didn’t get to know any non-swim campers, and had very little free time.

It still made me nostalgic, which any good summer camp book should.

The three sisters and their relationship with each other is at the center of the book. There are boys, drama, and individual struggles, but they always end up needing each other and being there for each other.

The book has a bad guy (well girl) who  I was wary of the entire time (and for goo reason!). She is really bad news, but is portrayed in a way that makes her look fun and exciting. It is easy to see why anyone would trust her and want her as a friend, which was great. She felt more real than the usual “mean girls” because she wasn’t one.

It is a book with a lot of fun, romance, and heart. I loved reading every second of it and think i will have to check out other books by Terra Elan McVoy (after I go eat some ice cream).

Did you ever go to summer camp? Was it s fun, crazy adventure or was it more like mine? Let me know in the comments!


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