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Eden Summer: Book summary and reviews of Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan

Eden Summer

by Liz Flanagan

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Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan
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A tense and moving journey through friendship, loss, betrayal, and self-discovery, Eden Summer will plunge its way into your heart and stay there forever.

It starts like any other day for Jess. Get up, draw on eyeliner, cover up tattoos, and head to school. But soon it's clear that this is no ordinary day, because Jess's best friend, Eden, isn't at school ... she's gone missing.

Jess knows she must do everything in her power to find Eden. Before the unthinkable happens.

So Jess decides to retrace the life-changing summer she and Eden have just spent together. But looking back means digging up all their buried secrets, and she soon begins to question everything she thought the summer had been about, and everything she thought she knew about her best friend ...

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"High drama and a breathless pace make this a riveting read." - Kirkus

"Part mystery, part romance, Flanagan surpasses the boundaries of these categories with finely crafted psychological portraits, slightly marred by a tonally jarring ending." - Booklist

"Though the novel is suspenseful, the use of Briticisms, the English setting, and other unfamiliar elements might deter American readers, who may feel as though they're driving on the other side of the road." - School Library Journal

"The story is structured over the course of a day, and the time-stamped chapter headings add a sense of urgency while the author carefully fills in the gaps of the narrative. Flanagan is careful not to reveal too much too soon, leaving readers guessing as to what really happened to Eden until the very last page. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"A breathless read." - The Guardian (UK) Best New Children's Books

"Readers will...be hooked by this raw and emotional read." - The Sun (UK)

"A truly gripping plot is combined with beautiful, emotionally rich writing." - The Bookseller (UK) One to Watch pick

"A powerful exploration of the extraordinary power of friendship, both truthful and intense. It's that rare and wonderful thing: a thriller of the heart, written from the heart, that hits home straight to the heart." - Melvin Burgess, Carnegie Medal-winning author of Smack

"Dazzing. Utterly gripping. Writing so fresh every chapter leaves you gasping for air and SO tautly plotted it hurts. If you're going to read one book about the true nature of friendship let it be Eden Summer." - Brian Conaghan, Carnegie Medal shortlisted author of When Mr. Dog Bites

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I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
There are many main characters in this book, but the main-est of the main is a girl called Jess, a shy, artsy gothic girl who is best friends with the beautifully-stunning popular girl called Eden.
The genre of this book is fiction and thriller. At the start of the book, a girl called Eden, Jess’ best friend, goes missing, and Jess has to trace back the steps of her and Eden’s summer to see if she can find any clues on her whereabouts. In my opinion, the BEST parts of this book are the flashbacks of Jess’ past that slowly reveal what happened to her, and who had hurt her.
This book is one of my favourite books because there is something about the words on each page, something about how the author had carefully ordered the storyline, that made me want to keep reading and never put the book down.
I DEFINITELY recommend this book to any, maybe teenager and above. The reason I say this is because it contains some strong language that someone who has a young and innocent mind would need to get their memories erased so they don’t remember the bad words in the book.
Anyway, I would recommend this to anybody because the actually storyline, the true meaning of the book, is all about the power of friendship, and how sometimes you need to accept that people and things change, and sometimes you don’t even realise at that moment that it’s actually for the best and that it’s a good thing. It also shows things like suicide are selfish, how it’s ok to be gay, and how you should never be pressured to do something that you don’t want to do. I just love how deep and meaningful this book is.

Have a nice day, I hope you enjoy this book ;-)

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Liz Flanagan

Liz Flanagan's YA debut is Eden Summer. Until recently, she ran Lumb Bank - the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre - supporting its famous writing courses. She previously worked as a commissioning editor in children's publishing.

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