Hey popcorns 🍿
Ambs here! So has anybody thought: considering Amber is a book blog, she doesn’t exactly post much about books does she…? Well, I promise. I’m going to try a lot harder to post more BOOKISH 📚 posts.
So this post is literally going to be a mini review // quotes I loved from this book // characters review // how much I love this freakin’ book and all of the above!! 😉
A story of love, lies, grief, friendship and growing up.
A story of three best friends crammed into a clapped-out car full of regrets and secrets, on a journey that will change their lives for ever.
A story you’ll never forget
This book was AMAZING. Yes, it had it’s slow parts but doesn’t literally every single book…?! 📚 At first when I started reading this, I just wasn’t sure, you know? Then wow, I just literally devoured it. It captured everything, literally everything that life is about in a book. I borrowed this from the library but I’m so buying a copy so I can sticky note everything and ahhh *squeals with happiness at the thought of sticky noting again!!*
This book captured the rawness, realism and truth of life. It was just so… beautiful. The characters, the plot, the start and the end, watching them grow, learning to understand life. It was like watching something broken being fixed and it was so, so amazing. Did I mention how amazing this book was…?! 😂 I also connected to this book on a literal different level. It was like I felt everything, like I was somehow part of the book. Just me…? Okay.
Characters (my reviews 💙):
Limpet – Aww, I loved Limpet. At some points, I just wanted to run in and give her a hug and tell her that everything was going to be okay, and that it’s okay to be broken. Obviously, the book was set in Limpet’s point of view so of course you grew to learn and love her. She was so brave, after what happened I don’t know how she coped, how she kept going, but she did. She was also really true to herself, which was so inspiring and well… incredible. She also stood up for herself, and would not be messed around. So overall, I loved Limpet!!
Steffan – Steffan didn’t really grab me. He just didn’t interest me, the only time that I took an interest was when he was giving Limpet advice about getting over what had happened. I think at some points in the book, Steffan was quote out of order in the way he behaved, so he was definitely not one of my favourite characters!
Jared – Oh my gosh, Jared *nearly* takes over Jest from Heartless on my fictional crushes. Though I did have a massive crush on Edward in Twilight 😂 Trust me, I got over that one pretty quickly. Anyways, Jared was aww so cute and the descriptions of him were.so.hot!! 😂 Like, I need a Jared in my life 💙 Jared was basically the observer, the silent on-looker. He was pretty messed up because of his dad, but aww, I also wanted to run in and give him a massive hug 💙 Like I connected with him on a different level, I dunno, I think I’m in love with a fictional book character. Ooops 😂
My Fave Quotes From This Book 💙
I’ll be okay, I’m not running away, after all. I’m running towards.
Towards what? Towards something. Anything. Tomorrow. The day after. The day after that. Anything that puts some past between me and yesterday. We’re all running, aren’t we? Towards, away… it doesn’t really matter which.Page 49, Chapter 4, The Last Summer Of Us by Maggie Harcourt
Which is worse? To be the one at fault or the one tainted by someone else’s mistakes?Page 214, Chapter 20, The Last Summer Of Us by Maggie Harcourt
Everyone knows everyone round here… or at least they think they do. Because now I don’t believe we ever truly know anyone. We only get to see what they show us, what they are on the outside. We get to see their masks; if we’re very lucky, we get to see the scars underneath them. We see flashes, glimpses; always moving and changing like a kaleidoscope.We give different pieces of ourselves to different people – friend, parent, child, teacher – and we trust that no one ever tries to join them all up. We split ourselves apart in an attempt to belong wherever we can, and then we wonder why we don’t know who we are.Pages 285 & 286, Chapter 25, The Last Summer Of Us by Maggie Harcourt
If I could stop time, just once, this would be it.Pages 292, Chapter 26, The Last Summer Of Us by Maggie Harcourt
You know what a limpet is, really? It’s a shellfish which attaches itself to something and holds on for dear life. It holds on so tightly that it’s impossible to remove without actually killing the stubborn little b******. A limpet would rather see itself destroyed than let go of whatever it is that it loves.
Sometimes we have to let go.
We cling to the ships that carried us, even as they founder. We hold fast to them as they sink, not caring that they will drag us down with them into cold and dark. We follow the wrong stars, keeping our course even as the quicksand closes over our heads.
We hide behind our masks, too afraid to let anyone see what’s on the inside. We sorry the scars are all that anyone will see: the bruises, the cuts. The damage we’ve sustained. We;re frightened that the damage is all we are; that it will define us always and for ever. We’re scared that the cuts will make us sharper, that we will cut in our turn.
Our damage, our history – it doesn’t define us. We define it.
No more Limpet.
She can go.
I don’t need her anymore.
It’s time to move on.
That’s it! // Give the book a try!! // Have you read it before? // What did you think of it? // Did you enjoy reading the quotes from the book? 😉
That’s a wrap!