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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-01 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:0062318691
LANGUAGE:English

"More like 3.5.

Three sisters named after flowers Marigold, Zinnia and Lily live in LA but for various reasons have to go and spend three weeks on the east coast with their aunt. They initially don't want to go but then they discover that things are not so bad. There is romance and new friendship and overcoming fears.

I liked Zinnia but I found Lily and Marigold to be a little irritating although they did both grow on me. I think this definitely had potential although I am not sure it was as good as I had been hoping it would be. Still it is a solid middle grade contemporary perfect for a beach read.
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"Three California sisters are sent to a rural coastal town in Massachusetts to spend a part of their summer with their great aunt. The trip is unexpected and it is a shock for the big city girls to be without a television, cell phone service, and a limited internet connection, but their loss is very much their gain. The storyline may be predictable but the characters definitely aren't. Howland has given each sister an authentic voice with strengths and weakness that are believable and endearing. This is a very funny book that will be hard to put down and leave you wishing for more stories about the Silver sisters." said.

"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.

"This book was so interesting! I was logging my reading minutes in my personal summer reading goal (reading 2,500 minutes) and I finished the book in just 183 minutes, which is pretty good for a 356 page book! it was so incredibly interesting and I knew how Zinnie felt about being stuck in the middle from some of my friends. Marigold can be a sometimes mean sometimes nice character, and I really like her personality. Aunt Sunny is the perfectly inspirational aunt anybody can ask for, and Lily sounds really cute and a bundle of joy to read about!! I love how much inspiration you can get from this book. I definietly recommend and encourage you to read this fabulous book!!!!!! :)
Perfect for 4th grade to 7th graders!!!
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"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.

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