My reading drought has ended (knock on wood), and I have my sister to thank. She’s been passing along some book recommendations this summer, and I’ve finally been able to dive into the list!

On my way home from the beach, I began reading The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe, and three days later, I had finished it. Needless to say, I was into this story! 51Ql3sJkF1L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ This book tells the story of Lorrie Ann from the perspective of her childhood friend, Mia. The narrative alternates between things happening now – Mia in Istanbul, Lorrie Ann with a child – and memories from their childhood that still remain poignant and integral to whom Mia has become today.

I enjoyed the writing, but sometimes felt that the voice of the author was disjointed. At some parts, the writing was poetic and fluid, and at other times, incredibly blunt and choppy. Kind of like the inside thoughts of Mia are expressed by a scholar and the verbal conversations she has are said by an average, cursing young woman. Which, I suppose, is entirely possible. While this ultimately works out, I would say that the switch could be jarring at times.

Another note of warning – there are a lot of mature themes (once again) in the novel and the story is no stranger to four-letter words. So beware if you’d rather not read that. Some themes include abortion, drugs and alcohol.

All in all, the book has a hard and fast storyline and kept me coming back day after day after day – and then I had finished it. So, if you’re in for a quick read with intense circumstances that are painted as common occurrences, check out this book. It’s a summer read, but certainly not “light and beachy” by any means.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Stats: 256 pages
Recommended for: Any adult looking for a page-turning, no sugar-coating, provoking trip down memory lane through the eyes of a young woman who has parts of yourself reflected in her, whether you realize it at first or not.

Up Next: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

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