Review of The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells, no brainer, takes place over, you guessed it! The Summer! 16 year old Mia goes to visit her rich family in the Hamptons. She does not fit in very well with her cousin and her cousin’s upscale friends. One night, Mia’s cousin ditches her at a party. When one door closes, another one opens.

Mia forms a bond with the most interesting, 3-D character of the novel, Simon. Simon is eccentric, he is an artist, and he quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald. Clearly, favorite character status of The Summer Of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells. I thought the interactions between Mia and Simon were excellent. The chemistry was there, and had me wanting more.

The themes of The Summer Of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells are definitely themes teens today can relate to, such as overcoming inhibitions. Mia’s mother calls her fat, when if what I am thinking is correct, and Mia is the girl on the cover, she is clearly skinnier than I am, and y’all I am a tiny girl. So, Mia has all sorts of body image problems, but she isn’t anorexic or anything. I guess she hates her body because she has big boobs, when her cousin and her friends do not. Sigh. What a terrible problem. Well, I suppose if you are consistently told you are ugly and surrounded by beautiful people, you probably do really find yourself not good looking. IDK I can’t relate, as I wake up in the morning and chastise myself for being really, really ridiculously good looking. But, I digress, back to themes. Well, Mia eventually says “self, I am pretty in someone’s eyes, therefore I am hot.” That is the gist anyways. I wish she didn’t need confirmation from someone else, but I can understand it.

To be quite honest, I was not immediately engaged by The Summer Of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells. As soon as action started happening, and she stopped crowing about her ex, I became interested. I know, I know, when you are a teen and you break up with a boy, you are clearly obsessed and want to date him again. However, I am past this point in my own life, so I find this crowing rather boring. However, I bet 16 year old April would have ate this right up after a particular painful breakup.

As far as the ending of The Summer Of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells, I was not a fan. At all. I thought it was a complete cop out. It completely turned me off. However, I am one of those people where if I don’t like an ending, I wind up feeling very disdainful toward the book. Not everyone is like me, and I bet a lot of people will love this book. However, it was not my favorite.

I will say, The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells is not Dessen caliber, as far as contemporary goes. Yet, it was an average beach read and something I could see a lot of teens enjoying while sunning in the Hamptons or Myrtle Beach, or the local pool.

Other Reviews of The Summer Of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells:

Cheryl’s Book Nook
Abby (The) Librarian
Pop Culture Junkie

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Great review..I've been seeing this book all over the blogosphere recently. I need to give this one a try.

  2. Great review. You are ridiculously good looking, how do you stand yourself? lol

    I have this for review as well… I'll send you a link when I've posted my thoughts.

  3. Christina T says

    I enjoyed your review April. It made me smile!

    I don't like books where characters obsess over their exes. I guess I can't relate to that at all and have no patience for it.

    I don't know that I would love this book but I might like it. I think I will definitely try to get it from a library.

  4. Really awesome review! I think I'll give it a chance, I love summer reads 😀

  5. I'm unsure whether or not I want to read this book. We shall see. Wonderful review. :]

  6. Anna ♥ says

    I love the cute title of this book but the plot and characters sound meh. I like how Simon sounds but Mia sounds like she would be a difficult character to like. Bad endings will completely ruin my feelings for otherwise enjoyable books too! Great review, it sounds like a fun and fluffy enough summer read. 😀

  7. Anna ♥ says

    I love the cute title of this book but the plot and characters sound meh. I like how Simon sounds but Mia sounds like she would be a difficult character to like. Bad endings will completely ruin my feelings for otherwise enjoyable books too! Great review, it sounds like a fun and fluffy enough summer read. 😀

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