The Summer Place is skillfully written, emotional, and truly unique. Its innovative plot makes it a standout novel in a genre that has become very repetitive. The story provides interesting insight into the mind of someone who feels like they’ve lost everything. Jasmine spends all of her time thinking about what could’ve been, which is a characteristic that young readers are sure to relate to. In the end, through her own actions, Jasmine is able to attain the life she has always wanted which is a strong reminder of the importance of fighting for your dreams, even when all seems lost. DeFee uses a style of writing that is very difficult to master, but she has done an incredible job. The youthful aura of the writing is clear from page 1 and doesn’t stop, it exhilarates the reader with an almost whimsical feeling. Overall, this book is recommended for young adult romance readers. This age group will love The Summer Place for its contemporary style, and realistic prose.
If you want to think, feel, and fall in love all over again, read The Summer Place.