‘Shapeless Summers’ by Hayden Thompson depicts a nomadic middle-aged William Greenwood on a journey of self-discovery. Unlucky in love and seemingly always missing the boat when it comes to lasting long term relationships, the former sea captain travels to the Pacific as a data analyst, finding peace and self-understanding amongst the beautiful islands and its people but not the family and home life he yearns for. This is a character driven story that maintains hope throughout. Despite missed chances and failed relationships, William still works to regain his happiness following his divorce and look for someone to share his future with. Even as everyone else around him appears to forge ahead and leave him in their wake, with new families and children, Wiliam remains focused on finding contentment in his own way. I found William’s character to be endearing, prone to missed opportunities in his personal life but seemingly not one to wallow despite the pain and loss. This is an interesting character focused story about one man’s journey of self discovery and a search for a sense of home that takes him around the world. With beautiful and vibrant settings, displayed for the reader in photographs throughout the book, this first-person narrative is a deeply personal and personable story filled with infectious optimism and hope.