The Summer We Fell Apart (Blog Tour)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Summer We Fell Apart is a wonderfully well written novel by debut author Robin Antalek. In this book, she tells the story of the dysfunctional Haas family; the mother and father are distant from the four children who each grow up to have issues of their own.

What I found interesting immediately upon reading was the layout of the book. It is told by each of the four children and then a last part by the mother. Rather than alternating storylines throughout the book like many books do, it was told 2-3 chapters in a row by each child. Each chapter also takes place in different times. It confused me for a second when the second chapter took place about 6 years after the first chapter, but I caught on quickly enough. The manner in which it was narrated also allowed the author to reveal more and more information about the family as each adult child's perspective was told.

The author's prose was also engaging and flowed well. I opened the book up when it arrived and read the first paragraph and immediately wanted to sit down and read more. While in the beginning I worried that I would get bored without more action, as this is a character driven novel, the writing compelled me to read more and the family's story unfolded for me. The characters stuck with me after reading and I thought the peek into their family was fascinating. Robin Antalek truly did a fantastic job writing this book and I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy reading about all the intricacies of familial relationships. You can check out her website here, where you will also see that this book was chosen as Target's Breakout Book out in February! I highly recommend this book!

I'd like to thank TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and review this beautiful book!


Connie said...

I have been trying to decide to read this for ages...I think the answer is yes, now. :)

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

I love opening a book, reading the first paragraph and then wanting to drop everything to keep reading. I really enjoyed your review!

Aths said...

Glad that you enjoyed this! I definitely hope to lay my hands on this one some time!

sumanam said...

Wonderful review and love the cover.

trish said...

When I'm reading a book, I particularly like the way authors dole out the story. Sounds like Robin Antalek did a great job of this in The Summer We Fell Apart. Thanks for being on this tour!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I haven't heard of her before, though she sounds almost Picoult-ish. :)
Great review!

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