Category: Modern fiction / Humour
From the Back Cover:
England, 1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…
Corinne has just reviewed this book:
Why did you choose to read this book?: I saw another club member had chosen to read it – so went to see what the book was about as the intriguing title did not give anything away. As soon as I saw SUMMER 1976, I felt a huge nostalgic pull and knew I would read it. Although, I read a lot of books on Kindle, I wanted to read the book version and am really glad I did. Kindle would not have felt ‘right’ for this book. I also made a decision not to read any reviews before I finished the book myself!
What did you like most about this book?: I haven’t got the words to do justice to this wonderful book. I needed far more stars , five was not enough! I was nine in the summer of ’76 and was instantly transported back to that special time. The observation and detail in her writing is astounding! I kept re-reading parts again as it was so beautifully written. She has an genuine understanding of human nature is able to make you feel and see every nuance of the differing characters. Very original and very brilliant!
Anything you didn’t like about this book?: Only that it had to end! I won’t forget this book.
Ann has just reviewed this book:
What did you like most about this book?: The plot seemed fresh and original. It was different from many of the formulaic books around at the moment. The portrayals of attitudes in English suburbia in the hot summer of 1976 rang true. Characters were well-rounded. They were flawed but most had redeeming features or back stories.
I wasn’t sure whether I would like the idea of a 10-year-old narrator, but using her naivety to develop the story worked well when it was set against the adult voices. I loved the use of language and turns of phrase.
Anything you didn’t like about this book?: The least-convincing section was about the hype after a child interpreted a stain on a drainpipe as being more significant than it was.
Hayley read this as part of the #12booksin12months reading challenge.
Why did you choose to read this book?: I got this book for my birthday and I liked the fact the protagonist was a ten-year-old girl. I was intrigued to see how her voice would be portrayed and it was completely different to what I’d just read.
What did you like most about this book?: I loved the insight into the thoughts of a girl, although I think she was a pretty smart ten-year-old with great literacy skills! I like that the book wasn’t just told by her perspective and that the story was about a community and that they had a voice. It made you want to keep reading to see the other point of view from other characters. I like the hint of not judging people or following the crowd moral aspect running through the story.
Anything you didn’t like about this book?: I think Grace’s voice was too grown up, but I liked her humour and outlook on the events in the story. I was a bit disappointed in the ending, I just wanted a little bit more; it was a very subtle laced with a higher meaning.