Invincible Summer by Alice Adams // DNFed. Ugh.

Friday, 21 July 2017
Invincible Summer, by Alice Adams
Publication: June 28, 2016, by Little Brown and Company
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 308
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey.Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who's pined for Eva for years, stays on to complete his PhD in physics, devoting his life to chasing particles as elusive as the object of his affection. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien, never much inclined toward mortgages or monogamy, pursue more bohemian existences-she as an aspiring artist and he as a club promoter and professional partyer. But as their twenties give way to their thirties, the group struggles to navigate their thwarted dreams. Scattered across Europe and no longer convinced they are truly the masters of their fates, the once close-knit friends find themselves filled with longing for their youth- and for one another. Broken hearts and broken careers draw the foursome together again, but in ways they never could have imagined.
A dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood, Invincible Summer is a story about finding the courage to carry on in the wake of disappointment, and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world.

My Thoughts:

DNF @ 60 pages

I had extremely high hopes for Alice Adams' Invincible Summer. I expected a read that would be the perfect beach and summer story that would never leave my head. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the story, even though it took me over a year to actually pick it up. I must admit that I'm a sucker for friendship stories, and what's better than reading a story about a group of friends who are continuing their friendships (romantic or not) after college? The 90s setting also captivated me, and I heard many good things about the progression of the story, showcasing how the characters' lives change throughout.

However, once I began reading, I was the opposite of captivated or intrigued. This was just plain boring and meaningless. I found that I wasn't able to form a connection with any of the characters - even though they were supposed to act a little more mature because of their age (they are adults, away from their college years, come on!), they were too crazy. This seemed like a teenage romance novel gone wrong. I love YA, and I find that there are thousands of books that have left a major impact on me instead of this... catastrophe. I just didn't enjoy it.

I gave up on reading it at sixty pages because I couldn't care less about what was going to happen. It was just nothing special, and I really am now looking for adult books that are cute and heartwarming... featuring a nice set of characters. This lacked all of that and more.

Meh. Invincible Summer has ruined the summer I was supposed to call invincible. Okay, I'm over-exaggerating, but it was an unimpressive read that I don't recommend. *cringes a little*

*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*

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