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The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt
  

The Last Summer of Us

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May 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month.

Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed into a battered old car, fuelled by warm beer and pub pies, they bicker and tease, with the ease that only comes from deep familiarity. We know even as they set out that they will never make another trip like this, that it’s the closing moment to one part of their lives. Filled with the sense of hot, dusty days, the lull between end and beginning, this is a classic summertime novel. More than just a coming-of-age story, it perfectly captures a transformative moment in the lives of its three central characters, and turns it into something that rings true for us all. ~ Andrea Reece

Maggie Harcourt and The Bookshop Band are at Hay Fever! Maggie Harcourt’s YA novel, The Last Summer of Us, is the story of a road trip. Of three friends crammed into a clapped-out car full of secrets and regrets, on a journey that will change their lives forever. Set in South Wales, it captures the hazy beauty of a Welsh summer, and what it’s like to grow up in a close-knit community. The Bookshop Band will perform a song inspired by the book, and the author and musicians will discuss the relationship between literature and music, and how they capture moments and memories. 12+ years

Saturday 23rd May 2.30pm, Starlight Stage

Find out more www.hayfestival.com/wales/hayfever

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Shannon McCluskey - 'a book that you will never forget as it is so interesting and exciting.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The needing of the closeness of friendship during tough times when only friends can understand what you are going through was believable and the entire story was written so well I often had a lump in my throat.'
  • Lauren Coffman - 'an exciting, sad and captivating book that I would definitely recommend.'
  • Nickey Hawryszczuk - 'This is the story of three teenage friends who have all had grief in their young lives. It was a really heartwarming story set over one summer. A well written late teens/young adult story.'
  • Stacie Ball - 'A great debut book about grief and the power of a good friendship...beautifully written and such an easy read, while I was reading I found myself completely caught up in everything that was going on'
  • Amy Laws - 'A really good book about everything from friendship to grief that I would definitely recommend.'
  • Sarah Murray - 'A road trip filled with friendships, loss and a few laughs along the way. This new voice in young adult literature is not one you will soon forget.'
  • Amanda Gray - 'I was excited to read The Last Summer of Us. I did like each of the characters, but sadly, my high hopes were a little too high..'

Synopsis

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt

Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer. But no matter how far they drive, they can't escape the hidden secrets and slow-burning romance that could upset the balance of their friendship - perhaps forever.

Reviews

'A perfect summer read... Harcourt brilliantly captures the feeling of being sixteen and on the edge of the rest of your life' - The Bookseller 'If you're looking for a summer road trip book, I have the perfect one for you... The Last Summer of Us is a fun and sparkling debut with one of the best slow-burning romances on the YA scene since Anna and the French Kiss' - The Mile Long Bookshelf 'Harcourt has written an assured and memorable debut novel. You cannot help but care about the carefully drawn characters because we ache when they grieve and laugh when they do (and they laugh a lot). It's raw, honest, identifiable; it's about growing up and the crossroads that we all face in life. It's a must-read for any teen' - Manchester Evening News An uplifting, funny, warm, thought-provoking road trip through Wales. It's everything you want in a captivating summer read. - The Scotsman Jared, Steffan, and Limpet are some of the most lovable and flawed teenagers ever... This trio of friends [could] compete with Harry, Hermione, and Ron in terms of camaraderie. - Real Rad Reads Harcourt manages to effortlessly take us through a story of heartbreak, loss and teen angst while keeping this beautiful and heart-warming adventure of friendship, love and change alive and pulsing throughout. - Papertrail YA A book about loss and change, friendship and love written in a gentle and often humorous tone. - The School Librarian'


About the Author

Maggie Harcourt

Like Limpet, Steffan and Jared, Maggie Harcourt was born and raised in Wales, where she grew up dreaming of summer road trips and telling stories for a living. As well as studying Medieval Literature at UCL, Maggie has variously worked as a PA, a hotel chambermaid and for a French chef before realising her dreams and beginning to write full time. She now lives just outside Bath, and still visits Wales to wander the Carmarthenshire beaches and countryside. Read a Q&A with the author here.

Photo credit Lou Abercrombie

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2015

Author

Maggie Harcourt

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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781409587699

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