Book Review: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

Author: Jessica Spotswood | Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other in this captivating new novel by Jessica Spotswood.

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Told through four alternating points of view, readers will laugh, cry, and fall in love alongside the Garrett girls.


If a book could embody summer, this book would be it. The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is a fun, enjoyable, lovable book — we devoured this book in a matter of hours!

Told from four different perspectives, we follow the Garrett sisters as they learn about themselves and each other in a single, remarkable summer.

And even though all four sisters are going through different things, they all come to understand the same truth: that honesty and taking risks are necessary to getting what you want in life. And some of the girls realize that it’s necessary to fail and experience pain in order to reach happiness.

Although some of the girls face struggles that feel childish and easy to overcome, it came down to remembering that some of the girls are really young, which might feel less important to older readers — it’s always important to remember the age of the narrator to truly appreciate the chapters. The Spotswood does a very, very good job of capturing the feelings, issues and thoughts of these girls, even at their varying ages.


The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is a fun, summer-perfect read that you will devour in a day. It’s cute, heartwarming and a light-hearted read about the importance of taking chances for yourself.

Make sure you grab a copy and let us know what you think by tweeting us over @Fuzzable.

Disclaimer: This writer received a free copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review. 

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