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Book Review: Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Genre: Historical Fiction

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: Summer of ’69 is ALL about the characters. It’s about a family of four siblings and their lives during the summer of 1969. The story is told via alternating view points of the family members. I really loved getting to know the characters this way. I especially loved the letters to Tiger from his sister!

The book was beautifully written with fantastic descriptions, making it one compelling and engrossing read about some amazingly strong women.

I loved the author’s note, where Hilderbrand talks about her inspiration behind this book – her twin brother insisting she writes a novel about the time they were born, so although this is a work of fiction, Hilderbrand eludes to how some of the characters/times represents her own family/life.

I loved this fun glimpse into the summer of 1969 – where SO much happens, and not just for the Levin/Foley family.

I’d say this is the perfect beach read, but i doubt many of us will be able to enjoy that this year! 

Plot:

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, a man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.

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