Review: Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso

Thirty Sunsets coverForrest can’t believe it when her crush actually comes over to talk to her. Maybe this is it! Or maybe…maybe he just wants to know if her older brother and his girlfriend are still together. Because he has a crush on Olivia. Olivia, who curls her lip at Forrest. Olivia, who is keeping Brian in town at the local community college instead of studying pre-med at Vanderbilt. Olivia, the ultimate popular hot girl.

Not only are Brian and Olivia not broken up, Olivia is coming along on the family trip to their beach house. A whole month of Olivia’s curled lip, picky eating, and sudden disappearances to the bathroom after meals, not to mention a whole month of Olivia as a roommate.

But there are a lot of things Forrest doesn’t know about. Things about Olivia. Things about her brother. Things about her parents. And things about herself.

Although toward the end the number of issues in this book seemed to approach after-school special levels, Thirty Sunsets is a sweet book that will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen and readers who like realistic fiction with real-life issues.

Recommended for grades 9 and up – some swearing, references to sex, teen pregnancy, references to and depiction of rape.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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