What a great way to start 2016 by reading a book about friendship! I was talking to an old friend the other day and he was lamenting the state of his friendship with a mutual friend of ours. He told me he was disappointed that this mutual friend has changed over the years. I told him, it shouldn’t matter because people change and evolve and the only thing we can do with our loved ones is just to accept them, as they are, just like we do with blood relatives.
That is essentially the message in Laura Hankin’s “The Summertime Girls.” BFFs for life Ally and Beth have been going through personal struggles yet are both having difficult time navigating those with regards to their friendship. The message can be heavy-handed at times, and there really isn’t much of a plot here, just character studies. Still, this is an engaging read, and I found myself relating to both characters. It made me cherish the deep friendships I have, and made me realize how lucky I am to have these relationships. There’s no better way to start the new year!