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BEYOND SUMMER
LISA WINGATE
ISBN#: 978-0-451-23001-0
July 2010
New American Library
www.penguin.com
Paperback
$15.00
383 Pages
Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

A typical summer day for seventeen-year-old Tamara Lambert usually starts on the golf course with her personal coach, and then it is off to the country club, mall, or her best friend’s house. Her family home may be worth millions, but it is the last place she wants to be.

The move out of the apartment building and into their very own home should have been a time to rejoice for Shasta Reid-Williams and her family, but the reality of it all is crashing down around her. This was her idea, one she pushed for, and now she is stuck in the house all day with the boys, while her husband works day and night just to barely scrape even.

The step-sibs, her stepmother Barbie, and crazy Aunt Lute drive Tam nuts on a good day, but in one afternoon those good days are long gone. Now they are stuck in a tiny little house on Blue Sky Hill, and her father has skipped the country trying to evade prosecution for financial fraud. While Tam’s life has turned upside down, Shasta’s is not much better, and with the secret she is keeping from her husband Cody, it is only going to get worse. Tam and Shasta may come from different sides of the track, but together they have formed a tentative friendship, and a binding element in all of their lives is an amazingly astute homeless lady named Sesay.

Learning humility is never easy, and often very painful, but it is a powerful lesson to learn. Tam and her family get knocked out of their ivory tower, and for the first time in her life she feels like a real person, and a young woman that would make any parent proud. Shasta may be a few years older than Tam, but motherhood and marriage does not mean maturity, and her impetuous nature comes off as childish. It is Sesay’s wisdom that I find the most intriguing, because for all that she lacks, she seems more content with her life than many of those around her, striking home that less really can be more.

Lototy
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