Thursday, March 10, 2011

# 12 - The Dead of Summer by Camilla Way

Anita Naidu is half British, half Pakistani, and one whole outcast. She is a lonely lonely child, with her mother just recently dead, and living with a depressed father self-absorbed siblings. She did not fit in anywhere or with anyone. She is an outcast because she is a little bit weird and doesn't really make an effort to be "normal". She finds a ragtag group of friends one hot summer, when she befriends (by default) Denis and his friend, Kyle. These kids are even weirder than her, Denis being a bit slow and Kyle being just plain weird and more than a little creepy.

The book is narrated by Anita to her psychologist seven years after that fateful summer. It was not a coming of age tale. By the end of that summer, three kids had died with Anita as the only survivor and witness to the events.

Anita is quiet and weird and so clearly lonely, unable to make connections easily. The book is very eerie and hypnotic and quick to read. Suffice to say, it has a few twists and turns, although, it was a bit obvious to be honest. But that didn't detract from the creepy beauty of this teenager's narration of a brutal summer.

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