The Summer We Forgot

Thomas Nelson. Mar. 2022. 416p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780785236214.
Gr 7 Up–Two summers ago, Darby, Morgan, and their friends left for training as camp counselors but returned with fractured friendships and no memory. Now, when the body of their former teacher and camp trainer is discovered in a marsh, they’re determined to work together to unlock their hidden memories and discover the truth of the missing summer. But will the truth be more painful than forgetting? George is an eclectic writer and weaves a mix of psychological thriller, love story, and action-filled money heist. While the book focuses on the perspectives of Darby and Morgan, the five other camp counselors play a major role in this modern-day Scooby-Doo gang. Each character is nuanced and well written, providing perspective on issues relevant to teens. Darby and Morgan are romantically involved, but their relationship does not detract from the action. At times, the unfolding details become confusing with so many characters and plot twists to keep track of, but the story moves relatively quickly and remains engaging. Further, the plot twists and “bad guys” are genuinely surprising, making this a well-rounded drama. The ethnicitie of characters aren’t stated.
VERDICT Fans of true crime and mysteries akin to Karen M. McManus or E. Lockhart will enjoy this title. A solid addition to any collection.

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