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The Forget-Me-Not Summer (Silver Sisters) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-15 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:0062318691
LANGUAGE:English

"This was such a sweet story of summer and sisters and facing your fears. It absolutely had that "Penderwicks" feel as these three sisters spend three weeks of summer with their aunt on the beach. I love the relationship between the three of them as they learn to rely and depend on each other, while at the same time navigate growing up and figuring out who they each are separate from one another. The setting of the story makes this an ideal pick for summer reading and the descriptions of the food will have your stomach grumbling. This would be a wonderful story for moms and daughters to share together and would make a fun book club title." said.

"This is a delightful sister story that takes place in one of my favorite summer settings. Leila Howland manages to make the narrative feel classic and modern at the same time. There are two point-of-view characters, the two older Silver sisters, Marigold and Zinnia, and I admire the way Howland develops their relationship by showing readers each sister's insecurities even though the sisters don't realize each other's vulnerability for much of the book. A satisfying, timeless book that makes a wonderful and substantive middle grade beach read (or a comforting, longing-for-summer-in-the-winter read)!" said.

"In her middle grade debut, Howland successfully captures the individual spirits of the young girls, the family dynamics among the characters, and the breezy, fun setting of Cape Cod in the summer. The two older sisters, Marigold and Zinnia, especially learn some lessons, as Marigold decides to value her family over a celebrity friendship and Zinnia breaks out on her own by writing and then starring in her own play at the last minute. The dialog is believable and engaging for the age group. There is an innocent romance between Marigold and a boy she meets on her trip. Fans of realistic fiction, especially girls in grades 4-6, will enjoy this tale that explores many aspects of childhood, growing up, and family life." said.

"When I saw this book on the publisher's table at the School Library Journal Day of Dialog on May 27, I was immediately drawn to this cool cover with girls reading and enjoying the beach! Later I discovered the author has a Rhode Island connection! I saw her interviewed on the Rhode Show but missed her signing at Books on the Square. Before I gave this book away as a summer reading prize, I read it myself and thoroughly enjoyed this story about 3 California girls who are transplanted temporarily to Cape Cod during the summer. There is a conflict brewing between the two older sisters, something I can relate to as the younger sister in my family, and it adds some drama to this beautifully told tale!" said.

"4 enjoyable stars. Quick read...... completed it in ~ 3 hours. Love stories that take place in the summer and at the seaside. All three sisters are named after flowers and their Great Aunt is named Sunny. The girls go to live with their aunt in a coastal town in Massachusetts for three weeks in the summer while their parents are each working jobs in the entertainment/film business. We get to read about the exploits of the sisters (primarily the older two), but it is clear that the middle sis, Zinnia, is the star of the book. She has the most personality and brightest mind. Marigold, the oldest sister, is somewhat of a stinker, but redeems herself at the end. The Aunt appears to be an environmentalist, hippy-type of person who beats to her own drummer, but is well-loved in her community. Look forward to reading Book #2." said.

"The Forget-Me-Not Summer is a really fun book for tweens and teens. The Silver Sisters blend humor and adventure into a normal Cape Cod Vacation. Marigold is kind of vain and full of herself. And is waiting for her first kiss. Zinnie is the desperate middle child. Feeling like she is always in Marigold's shadow, she finds her passion in writing. We don't hear very much from Lily as the chapters are either titled Marigold or Zinnie, but she is the funny and mischievous little sister. Zinnie is a great model for younger tweens (11-12) who still are waiting to find that thing they are good at.
The other characters we meet give the book a richer story. Ashley, Peter, Tony, Edith, of course Great Aunt Sunny and all the other people in Pruet make The Forget-Me-Not Summer a wonderful Summer read that I suggest fans of Mother Daughter Book Club should read!!!
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"The Silver Sisters, 12-year-old Marigold, 11-year-old Zinnia and 5-year-old Lily are spending 3 weeks of their summer with their great aunt Sunny in Cape Cod. These California girls are in for a shock; practically no cell phone service, very slow internet and no television! How will they survive? Marigold has recently retained an agent, and she’s missing an audition, Zinnia hates being the middle child and longs for some attention of her own and little Lily has never been away from home or without her nanny in her whole life. Can the sisters pull together to make this a “Forget-Me-Not Summer?”

I’m a theater person, and honestly, the Hollywood and acting portions were so stereotypical and “Disney Channel” it made this sweet story have a bitter side. The relationship building of the sisters, away from their regular life in LA, where they had to be each other’s best friends was the best part. Pretty long for the target audience.
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"The beautiful cover just may be the best part of this book. I wanted to like it but I felt like it was trying to hard to be the Penderwicks. It's not. Three sisters live in LA with a screenplay writing dad and a stay at home movie editing mom. They have a live in housekeeper and the oldest sister has a small part on a tween TV show. The middle sister is the one sister who did not get mom's beautiful golden hair but she has a lot of personality and spunk as the book keeps reminding us.Did I mention she has dark hair? There is a cute little sister, too, of course. The plot involves the three sisters getting sent from their cool LA home to live with an aunt they barely know because their mom and dad both get movie jobs for the same three weeks in July. I did not enjoy the story or care that much about what happened to any of the members of this family. If you are looking for a nice sister summer novel, look to the Penderwicks and forget The Forget Me Not Summer. " said.

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