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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! 


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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