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I have been meaning to review this book but the last week has been pretty hectic..
Cadence Sinclair Eastman is 17 years old, heiress of an amazing fortune and estate. Her grandfather, a racist douche bag, has his own private island near Massachusetts and every summer his three daughters and their children stay on the island. When Cadence returns for Summer 17 she wants to piece together the events of Summer 15. Towards the end of Summer 15, she was discovered on the beach, in her underwear with no memory of how she came to be there or why. Now suffering from amnesia and terrible migraines, missing Summer 16, she’s back to solve the mystery of Summer 15.
Right, well I got migraines just reading this book. The concept was a really good idea, I just didn’t think that the execution worked well. It fact I thought it was rather poor. The main character BORED me to death. She drove me insane with her constant being. In fact, all of the characters did. None of them were interesting in anyway, lacking in a lot of depth which was a real shame. Half of the book was Cadence telling us over and over again how she couldn’t remember Summer 15 but not really doing anything about it. And her mother and two aunts spent the pretty much the whole book arguing with one another about who would get what after their dad died. I began to lose my patience by this point.
I like the fact that E. Lockhart chose to write that this was a White Upper-Class family that didn’t have the time or day to know the names of the POC’s that worked for them on the island. The grandfather was clearly racist, losing his shit when he discovers Cadence love interest is not white. The subject was briefly touched upon. Actually, barely touched. This would have been a great opening to discuss in more depth. But of course, it wasn’t.
There were also these random fairy-tale stories at the end of some chapters… which made no sense?! I clearly missed something and you know what, I really don’t care.
It was one of those reads where I kept checking how many pages were left and for a book that is only 200-something pages long, that’s not good. But hell, we can’t always have good reads! Yes, I didn’t see the twist at the end. I wouldn’t say I was too shocked, I was just glad the book was nearly over with.
Basically, I wish I hadn’t read this book, even though it was short it wasted a few good hours of my life that I’ll never get back.