The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan

Photo Credit: Graydon House

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Summer List

Summary: Named a Best Book of Summer 2018 by PopSugar, Coastal Living, Family Circle, and The Globe & Mail

A tender yet tantalizing novel about two friends, the summer night they fell apart, and the scavenger hunt that reunites them decades later—until the clues expose a breathtaking secret that just might shatter them once and for all.

Laura and Casey were once inseparable: as they floated on their backs in the sunlit lake, as they dreamed about the future under starry skies, and as they teamed up for the wild scavenger hunts in their small California lakeside town. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. With a twist: this time, the list of clues leads to the settings of their most cherished summer memories. From glistening Jade Cove to the vintage skating rink, each step they take becomes a bittersweet reminder of the friendship they once shared. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart…

Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List is about losing and recapturing the person who understands you best—and the unbreakable bonds of girlhood.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Between the cover and the comparison to Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, this book was a must for my beach bag.

Listen, we all have that one friend- that glorious friend that we exchanged BFF necklaces with or mood rings and promised to be by each other’s side. And you know.. maybe you still are. Or maybe your friend got a boyfriend and forgot about you. Or you just drifted apart. Whatever. The point is that most of us can relate to both Laura and Casey.

For me,  Casey was kinda like reading about Caitlin from Summer Sisters. Getting to “see” Caitlin grow up in a way.


What I liked:

The cover. Gah, the cover was so delicious. I really wish I had gotten a real book instead of the e-book version, because this cover is SO bookstagrammable.

How the gals decided to go on the treasure hunt. They could have decided not to do it. I mean,  they are adults. But I liked how their childhood friendship lured them into doing this, but without immediately falling back into BFF mode (because they did have some issues!)

The secret.


Bottom line: I really did enjoy The Summer List, but I think I enjoyed Summer Sisters by Judy Blume a touch more.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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