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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,631 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Brashares Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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In the town of Waterby on Fire Island, the rhythms and rituals of summer are sacrosanct: the ceremonial arrivals and departures by ferry; yacht-club dinners with terrible food and breathtaking views; the virtual decree against shoes; and the generational parade of sandy, sun-bleached kids, running, swimming, squealing, and coming of age on the beach.

Set against this vivid backdrop, The Last Summer (of You and Me) is the enchanting, heartrending story of a beach-community friendship triangle among three young adults for whom summer and this place have meant everything. Sisters Riley and Alice, now in their 20s, have been returning to their parents' modest beach house every summer for their entire lives. Petite, tenacious Riley is a tomboy and a lifeguard, always ready for a midnight swim, a gale-force sail, or a barefoot sprint down the beach. Beautiful Alice is lithe, gentle, a reader and a thinker, and worshipful of her older sister. And every summer growing up, in the big house that overshadowed their humble one, there was Paul, a friend as important to both girls as the place itself, who has now finally returned to the island after three years away. But his return marks a season of tremendous change, and when a simmering attraction, a serious illness, and a deep secret all collide, the three friends are launched into an unfamiliar adult world.

Ann Brashares has won millions of fans with her blockbuster series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, in which she so powerfully captured the emotional complexities of female friendship and young love. With The Last Summer (of You and Me), she moves on to introduce a new set of characters and adult relationships just as true, endearing, and unforgettable. Thoughtful, lyrical, and tremendously moving, The Last Summer (of You and Me) is a deeply felt celebration of summer and nostalgia for youth. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/20/2014

    " This book started off promising and I enjoyed the complex relationships between the three main characters. Then I hit the middle third and things just got goofy. The central conflict that causes the tension and drama is just absurd and could be resolved with one conversation. It was just an exercise in frustration for a good hundred pages. By the time I neared the end, I could predict exactly what was going to happen and was not at all surprised at the ending. I wanted to be able to recommend this as a great beach read but I just can't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 2/15/2014

    " kinda depressing and super sloooooooooooow. The book couldv'e been about half that long and still been slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/12/2014

    " It was extremely slow moving for the first 100 or so pages but after that it started to pick-up. It ended up being a really sweet novel even though it was pretty predictable. Oh, Alice and Paul! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/11/2014

    " Okay book, was a good story but I really didn't get too into is as I could never quite tell what one of the main characters problem was. Probably one of my least favorite of her books, and I usually like them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/6/2014

    " This was a story about three childhood friends who vacationed on Fire Island. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2014

    " I haven't read the Sisterhood series but I did read Judy Blume as a young girl, and her "adult" novel "Summer Sisters" a few years ago. The similarities between these two authors, and this book in particular with "Summer Sisters", gave me a severe case of deja vu throughout the reading so I was immediately struck with the sense that this isn't an entirely 'original' concept. Perhaps more disappointing, however, is that The Last Summer reads like a book written for a younger audience that only gets its props as an adult novel because of its mature content. To me the writing fell short in many ways -- the various viewpoints in the narrative make the story line feel disjointed and incomplete; the characters seem detached from their own selves and each other, not to mention whole-heartedly self-absorbed; the plot development seems flawed, and in some parts unfinished. All that said, The Last Summer (of you and me) is a quick, guilty pleasure kind of read, perfect for the beach. I especially loved all the references to Fire Island as I have just returned from a two-week stay there with my own young family. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glenda | 1/27/2014

    " I only read it because it was an audio book that I received cheaply. Skimming through the previous reviews, I am finding them right on. This book is written for teenagers, not adults. I mean really! And what even saddens me about that is when they have sex, nothing is in it sexually for the girl's pleasure except that she is emotionally bound to him. I thought we were over that years ago. This story goes on forever yet goes no where. It is a young love story. That is it. And not a love story with any substance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Gray | 1/23/2014

    " An abolute favorite of mine....a must read if you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks and the like "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mendy | 1/17/2014

    " A good book, but not my favorite from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Diana | 1/14/2014

    " While the story is a good one, and is well developed, the conversations and details are over thought and it would be better suited as Young Adult lit instead of Adult literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 11/9/2013

    " This was an easy weekend read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Jo | 10/1/2013

    " heartbreaking, but there was something missing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NaDell | 9/25/2013

    " Good storyline and it was easy to love the characters. It was a little more adult than the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" books, but still not bad (in the graphic sense). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LeAnn | 8/11/2013

    " I wish I could give half stars in the ratings, because this is better than a 3, but not quite a 4. It's a great summer read about love for a sister and romantic love too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Curran | 8/9/2013

    " I love this book! Read it in a day. Cried toward the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 7/15/2013

    " She certainly has a way with endings... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 7/11/2013

    " Pretty predictable, silly girl book, nice beach read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 6/26/2013

    " this was a quick and easy read... sad at the end... but i liked it none the less "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Lytle | 6/16/2013

    " Great story. I loved how the little things came together to shape the story in major ways- awesome writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/11/2013

    " I read this book in five ish hours. It was amazing. Go Ann Brashares. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/9/2013

    " Excellent! Good reflection, light read, a page-turner! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anniedangerous | 11/13/2012

    " Couldn't get through it. Awful "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johanna | 11/2/2012

    " This book wasn't TERRIBLE, I'm just not into the sappy, predictable-type lit that this was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Johnson | 10/10/2012

    " I enjoyed the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series so figured I would try this one. It is a very easy beach read. Although it kept my attention, it annoyed me at times because I just wanted the story to get on with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Anthony | 9/15/2012

    " Great Read. Enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 4/30/2012

    " Loved it. Made me wish that I had spent my summers growing up with a cottage at the lake or that I had been able to have a cottage where my kids could have spend their summers. A very bittersweet story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Pooler | 2/29/2012

    " I loved this one. Perfect beach reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 10/22/2011

    " Loved this book! Ann Brashares is an excellent author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 6/18/2011

    " Beaucoup aimé, c'est cute et ça change les idées :p "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 6/14/2011

    " She certainly has a way with endings... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kera | 6/11/2011

    " I'm just a bout 15 pages into this...So come back in a few days so I can finish it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/10/2011

    " Bawled my eyes out almost the whole way through, now THAT'S a summer novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 6/2/2011

    " Just okay, not even remarkable enough to remember enough to review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 5/31/2011

    " Good voice for each of the three characters. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Detta | 5/26/2011

    " I love this book. It is either the happiest sad book, or the saddest happy book I have ever read. Either way, I am irrevocably in love with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/24/2011

    " Although I normally don't read adult fiction, something about this pulled me in. I really anjoyed it. It was somewhat predictable-which is my only complaint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summerday | 5/24/2011

    " Un titre et une couverture un peu trop fleur bleue (disons niais) mais une histoire émouvante pour jeunes adultes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/23/2011

    " Seriously, I loved this book. It's not going to win any awards...the plot isn't unique, the language isn't amazing, but for some reason this little book won me over. I couldn't put it down, and that is really the only way for me to judge a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 5/22/2011

    " I thought this was a good book with the development of the three main characters, Paul, Riley and Alice. There were some surprising turns in the book and I thought overall the book was a good read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/18/2011

    " I loved the book but something was missing. Nothing really exciting happened. I loved the characters and the setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 5/17/2011

    " Strange tale of the summers at Fire Island for some of New York's upper middle class. Sisters who learn what it means to be there for each other. You can pretty much tell what is going to happen. Rather slow at times. I think I prefer her sisterhood books a bit better. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Brashares

Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the DC area until majoring in philosophy at Barnard College. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, she took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years before making the transition from editor to full-time writer. She is now the author of the phenomenal five-million-copies-selling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, and New York Times bestselling adult novels The Last Summer (of You and Me) and My Name Is Memory. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three children.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.