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In the summer of 1939 a sixteen-year-old boy and girl considered the "perfect couple" by their families secretly begin seeing and falling in love with another girl and boy. It is the last time three families will spend together at the small coastal resort of Linley Bottom. The children are all growing up, and this sort of holiday is losing its appeal as they develop differe In the summer of 1939 a sixteen-year-old boy and girl considered the "perfect couple" by their families secretly begin seeing and falling in love with another girl and boy. It is the last time three families will spend together at the small coastal resort of Linley Bottom. The children are all growing up, and this sort of holiday is losing its appeal as they develop different interests. The happy gang - consisting of Philip, Paula, Brian, Sylvia, Brenda and Rodney - is not the same, and during this time the group make surprising discoveries about themselves and each other, and a seemingly harmless deception has far-reaching consequences.


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In the summer of 1939 a sixteen-year-old boy and girl considered the "perfect couple" by their families secretly begin seeing and falling in love with another girl and boy. It is the last time three families will spend together at the small coastal resort of Linley Bottom. The children are all growing up, and this sort of holiday is losing its appeal as they develop differe In the summer of 1939 a sixteen-year-old boy and girl considered the "perfect couple" by their families secretly begin seeing and falling in love with another girl and boy. It is the last time three families will spend together at the small coastal resort of Linley Bottom. The children are all growing up, and this sort of holiday is losing its appeal as they develop different interests. The happy gang - consisting of Philip, Paula, Brian, Sylvia, Brenda and Rodney - is not the same, and during this time the group make surprising discoveries about themselves and each other, and a seemingly harmless deception has far-reaching consequences.

34 review for The Summer People

  1. 4 out of 5

    SarahC

    This is a book I remembered after reading it 20 years ago. Still today I am hugely impressed by the fine writing and the ability of the author to make a young love story what it should be. It is set in England literally just days before the start of World War II, and the feeling of the delicacy of love and life is told so well in this book. No gimmicks, no drama -- just a straight-forward story in which nothing much happens and everything happens. It is a young adult novel, but mature in ways th This is a book I remembered after reading it 20 years ago. Still today I am hugely impressed by the fine writing and the ability of the author to make a young love story what it should be. It is set in England literally just days before the start of World War II, and the feeling of the delicacy of love and life is told so well in this book. No gimmicks, no drama -- just a straight-forward story in which nothing much happens and everything happens. It is a young adult novel, but mature in ways that it would certainly be appreciated by older audiences too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hufflepuff Book Reviewer

    I rather enjoyed the majority of The Summer People. It was sweet and charming and even somewhat thought-provoking. I appreciated the heartfelt story of a good-looking and popular and well-to-do male protagonist falling in love with a particularly plain-looking and destitute outcast of a girl, almost against his will--while his parents ship him with an extraordinarily beautiful childhood friend, someone much more "suitable" in the world's eyes. As a guy with primarily female friends, I related to I rather enjoyed the majority of The Summer People. It was sweet and charming and even somewhat thought-provoking. I appreciated the heartfelt story of a good-looking and popular and well-to-do male protagonist falling in love with a particularly plain-looking and destitute outcast of a girl, almost against his will--while his parents ship him with an extraordinarily beautiful childhood friend, someone much more "suitable" in the world's eyes. As a guy with primarily female friends, I related to the idea that there are some people that you will see more like a sibling than a love interest, especially if you grew up with them. But I hated the ending. SPOILER ALERT! I understand why Phillip couldn't marry Ann--but why does he have to marry Sylvia? It seemed to go against everything Townsend had established earlier. Phillip loved Ann in a way he could never love Sylvia, who he grew up with. Did he just marry a woman he didn't even love (in a romantic way) out of societal pressure? If this was what Townsend was trying to depict, then it could have worked, but the author should have been more clear. Or did Phillip truly fall in love with Silvia? If that's the case, then it essentially makes the book meaningless to me. Yet another otherwise good novel ruined by a deeply disappointing conclusion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Omar

    رواية جميلة تتحدث عن قصة حب بريئة جمعت بين شاب وفتاة اثناء عطلة الصيف على احد شواطئ بريطانيا عشية الحرب العالمية الثانية وانتهت بنهاية العطلة. الرواية مسلية وتصلح سيناريو فيلم لليافعين, ولعلها أصبحت

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This seemed slow for at least the first half, but the second half makes up for it. 3.5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Keeping Notes

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Hopkins

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Beavers

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lilypad

  9. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joelle Anthony

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zahara Cerise ~ Never impeached.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Glen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nour Fayadh

    قرأت ترجمتها للعربية بعنوان المصطافون .. لا بأس بها وتقرأ كتسلية في طريق طويل لا أكثر .. لها حبكة جميلة وبريئة وسرد لطيف .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Allen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joelle Anthony

  21. 4 out of 5

    William

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luci

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

  25. 4 out of 5

    Enrique Murillo

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Dinapoli

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nan

  29. 4 out of 5

    16backeop

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve Martinson

  31. 4 out of 5

    marlexa

  32. 5 out of 5

    Patty

  33. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  34. 4 out of 5

    Hussam

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