July 16, 2020

#BookReview: Girls of July by Alex Flinn @alex_flinn @EpicReads

Synopsis: Four girls. One unforgettable July.

Britta is the bubbly drama queen. She needs to get away—and a peaceful cabin in the woods sounds like the perfect escape.

Meredith is the overachiever. She’s spent her entire life preparing for college, but at what cost? Now she’s wondering if that’s all there is.

Kate is the reluctant socialite. She’s searching for a reason to begin again after fleeing her small Georgia town—and a shameful family secret.

Spider is the quiet intellectual. She’s struggling with pain that has isolated her from her peers for much of her life.

When these four very different young women stay together for a month in the mountains, they discover that sometimes getting away from it all can only bring you back to who you really are.


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: Everything from the setting to the characters in this story will have you turning pages until the very end.  As the story unfolded you learned about these characters that you will come to love.  I loved how each chapter although from one POV we really got into each character.  The friendship that blooms in this story was so well done. 

Now I will say that this book felt a little long.  I think that it could have been cut and made shorter.  But overall it was still worth the read.  


“A satisfying slice-of-life story that honors friendship and self-love.” (Booklist)

 ”Reminiscent of The Breakfast Club, this novel by Flinn (Beastly) digs beneath the surface of stereotypes.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Flinn knows her teenage characters . . . a relaxing and romantic summer tale.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Infectiously lovely” (Entertainment Weekly, “Must List”)

“This story will resonate with teens ... Flinn tackles tough subjects that elevate this beach read.” (School Library Journal) --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beastly, a spin on Beauty and the Beast that was named a VOYA Editor’s Choice and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Beastly is now a major motion picture starring Vanessa Hudgens. Alex also wrote A Kiss in Time, a modern retelling of Sleeping BeautyCloaked, a humorous fairy-tale mash-up; Bewitching, a reimagining of fairy-tale favorites, including Hansel and GretelCinderellaThe Princess and the Pea, and The Little Mermaid, all told by Kendra, the witch from BeastlyTowering, a darkly romantic take on Rapunzel; and Mirrored, a fresh spin on Snow White. Her other books for teens include Breathing UnderwaterBreaking PointNothing to LoseFade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her family. Visit her online at www.alexflinn.com.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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