Thursday, March 27, 2014
REVIEW for The Summer I Wasn't Me
Thank you to Net Galley for giving me a copy of this book.
TITLE: The Summer I wasn't Me
AUTHOR: Jessica Verdi
I was lucky enough to get this book through Net Galley.
I love reading books that focus on social issues and this one definitely fit the bill. Lexis voluntarily heads to a christian summer camp in order to have her "gayness" removed from her.
My very first thought as I read this synopsis was "do they actually still do that?" followed immediately by "they can't think this will work right?". I believe that the strength in this story is just that - it makes you ask some hard questions. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but it is so deftly written that you could actually feel as though you are reading someone's memoirs.
I thoroughly fell in love with Lexis. She was in a tough spot and tried to do all she could to "save" her mother, while, in the process, killing her own soul.
This book was written with compassion and did a wonderful job of showing just how much of a struggle people with gender issues go through.
I also thought it interesting that the author chose to write very different characters, with very different points of view of their own sexuality - but they were all there for their own reasons - which singled out in a word "survival".
The book was compelling to me and I would have given it a 5 star review if not for an event that happens about 3/4 of the way through which kind of made me stop and think "wow, that was so not necessary". I also thought that this particular event was also wayyyyyy over the top and did not really add to the book.
Overall though this was a wonderful read.