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!