[521]: Three-Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Simon & Schuster BYR | ARC Paperback, 286 pp. | May 5th, 2015 | Young Adults | Contemporary | Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


This is one of those instances when I wish I had enjoyed a book much better than I did. When I got the email from Simon & Schuster, I knew it was something that I could really enjoy. First, because I thought it would be a perfect summer read; and second, because the story is set in the era of love, peace and music, man. I mean, Woodstock! The music festival that started all music festivals. Iconic. Historic. It was fun to read about legendary bands and performers of the time: Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker – to name a few. A walk down the memory lane and all that.

It wasn’t only those music legends that whetted my appetite. The 60s is an interesting period of time for me. I’ve always been curious about the social and political climate of the times. In this book, the author glanced over the ideals that started Woodstock: camaraderie through music, brotherhood/sisterhood transcending races and blood. It was meant to be a peaceful protest against the war, which was on everybody’s minds. Kids were terrified of being drafted; drugs and free love went hand in hand. Also, hair; lots of hair and nakedness. It was the worst of times and the best of times, folks.

Despite of all that, I couldn’t rate the book any higher than the paltry two stars I gave it. I found the writing to be somewhat pedestrian. So much so that the characters sounded juvenile and lacking any personality whatsoever. Cora and Michael bored me; they were flat characters who had very little to offer as far as charisma and dimensions go. I don’t know, maybe because the story’s short ย that it didn’t really leave much room for character development? I felt like they could’ve been so much bigger, more in depth than how I perceived them. Ultimately, this single blight is what dragged the book down for me. Characterization is such an integral part of a great story. This book needed a lot of work in that department.

If there’s one thing that I can appreciate from this book is that how the author expertly transported me to Bethel, NY. How easily I could imagine being amongst the crush of bodies writhing in mud whilst in the haze of musical oblivion. ย It was so easy to picture how carefree and uninhibited the people were. Above all things, it’s a glimpse of shared sentiments and worry about the Vietnam war and their futures. While Michael didn’t know what the hell he wants to do with his life, Cora didn’t know how ย to make her dream a reality.

So far, this book has been getting quite a few favourable reviews on Goodreads. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I really thought this book had so much unrealized potential.

 

 

  • Aw man, what a pretty cover though. I’m also very fond of the 60s especially in terms of music. Love the “hippie” culture, lol. Awesome review, Joy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Beautiful photo Joy <3

    Damn. I haven't seen any YA tackle the 60's era so far, and like yourself, I'm fascinated by it as well. The era of free love, the introduction of being high, free spirited, the music and what really begun the 'hippy' revolution. The world building sounds incredible, but the characters have sadly let this one down. Probably a bit like having a suit and tie in the middle of the fields of Woodstock. To be true to the era and do the story justice, we probably needed stronger and more developed characters, or I can imagine they probably just faded into the background. Nothing worse than a bland pot plant character. Sorry you couldn't have enjoyed this more Joy, if you come across any other 60's based YA, please let me know. Wonderful review hun <3

  • This sounds like the time/era/setting was fascinating, but too bad the characters didn’t grab you as much as the rest of the book. Great review!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It’s a shame you couldn’t connect with book. It sounds so promising!

    Naomi @ Naomiโ€™s Reading Palace

  • I love how you take your own personal pictures of books, that’s different ๐Ÿ™‚ Shame about the actual content of the book but beautiful cover though!

  • Ah it’s such a shame this one has flat characters. I know it’s one I am gonna have to miss if they are like that, because I won’t enjoy it even though I would love to read a book that focuses on the music of that era and everything. That side of things sounds so intriguing!

  • RO

    Totally love the colorful cover of the book, but as soon as I saw that 2-star rating, I said, “uh oh” – lol. The hair, no bras and freedom of expression were nice back then. It’s just too bad it didn’t translate into this story. Good review. Hugs…

  • I am sorry this didn’t turn out better for you, Joy!

    I am glad that this book had a redeeming quality but also I don’t think I could read a book where the characters aren’t developed well enough. I put a lot of importance on characters so if that doesn’t work, I feel like the book would be hard for me to enjoy.

    I hope your next read is FABULOUS.

    Great review! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So sad that you didn’t like this book. I’m not a big fan of books with music in it (like real stars anyways haha, doesn’t seem real to me). I hope that your next read would be WAAAY better! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I can do hair and nakedness but I cant deal with cardboard characters. Sorry you didn’t get your flower power fix

  • Christy

    ” drugs and free love went hand in hand. Also, hair; lots of hair and nakedness”

    Sounds like my typical weekend. Kidding. Kind of. No drugs. At least not on my part.

    Anyway! Stinks you didn’t enjoy this more. Not sure it’s really for me anyway, so I leave it here with you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I AGREEE! Characterization is such an integral part of a story. Gah! I hate it when I can’t connect with the characters because then it makes the story less than enjoyable. *puts thumbs down* sorry you didnt like the story too much.

  • Darn. I hate when you expect a great read and come up with one that is only so so. Characters development is so crucial to me. I need to connect with them or at the very least feel something for them. Sorry this wasn’t a better read for you.

  • But.. but.. aw. I’m so sorry that this book was so disappointing Joy ๐Ÿ™ That cover is SO GORGEOUS. It sucks when the books inside are not. Hmph. But your review is all kinds of awesome. <3 Not a book for me either. Thank you for sharing about it sweetie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I enjoyed this one more than you did, but I can see where you’re coming from. I’m glad there were elements you enjoyed at least.
    Great review!

  • Too bad Joy! Characters are always what make or break a story for me, no matter how amazing the world building or plot, if the characters fall flat I just can’t settle in. Sorry this was that type of read for you, but hopefully whatever you pick up next will have the depth missing from this one!

  • Blah, one of the worse feelings is to find a book that didn’t quite match your expectations. It would have been an interesting time, the time this book was set in, as it definitely isn’t something I know a lot of and would love to immerse myself in. The setting is cool and all, but it would feel empty without substantial character development.

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • The setting and transporting there sounds great but sorry that other aspects didn’t work for you

  • Thanks for the honest review! I have been very curious about this one since my eye has been on beach reads/summertime reads this month, but I haven’t picked it up yet. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. It sounds like I should avoid it as well, especially since it didn’t live up to its potential. Such a shame since the time period sounds so promising!

  • I agree with you it sounds like the perfect summer read, but toobad it didn’tdeliver thatmuch there… I didn’t know about it. thanks for the review!

  • I’m sorry that you weren’t able to enjoy this one more Joy, but usually when characters end up being flat for me, I tend to struggle with those sort of books too. But thank you for your honest review, I hope your next book is a lot more enjoyable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Such a lovely pic, why can’t I take pics like that of my books?