Invincible Summer by Seth King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
We all remember our first love, that one affair that took custody of your heart and never really let it go. Readers around the world were touched by The Summer Remains, a heartbreaking and inspiring novel about one of these romances – but Cooper Nichols, the enigmatic young man at the center of the novel, was largely silent on the matter. Until now.
“I just can’t believe it’s over between you guys,” my best friend said as we walked down the pier. “You two were supposed to last forever.”
I stared out at the blue sea. “Oh, trust me, it’s not over. I am going to see that girl’s face in every crowd I look into, forever. And maybe a few forevers after that…”
And so begins the tale of young writer Cooper Nichols. Left in ruins after a tragic summer romance, Cooper is afraid the sun may have set on him for good – until his mother discovers a copy of Cooper’s journal he kept of that summer. As he reluctantly slips back into his own past in the pages of his notebook, Cooper starts to rethink everything he thought he knew about life, death, and all the love that can bloom in between – and what follows is a thrilling and breathtaking journey back to joy that will sink into you and stay there for the long haul.
Illuminating, romantic and soul-stirring, Invincible Summer is a testament to the miraculous power of love, in all its immortal glory and everlasting majesty. If you have ever found yourself drifting back to a long-lost romance during a quiet moment, prepare to be pulled under all over again.
“That one summer. Everyone’s got one, that fleeting season that rearranged you and imprinted itself onto your soul forever. You were mine. I swear I’ll never forget your hazel eyes. I swear I’ll never forget those few months when the winds roared. I’ll always think of you that way. And if you can, please come back to me. At the end of the day I’m just a boy who wants to get back to his first love, and I miss you. Just find a way back, please. I’ll be waiting.
Until then, I’ve got nothing…”
Praise for "The Summer Remains"
"Breathtaking. This book will change your life." - Schmexy Girl Book Blog
"Heart-achingly beautiful...I was speechless...my life ceased to exist while I read this book...enlightening and uplifting...this book is extraordinary." - Relentless Book Chics Rambling and Reviews
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Leaving behind the events from "The Summer Remains" Seth King follows Cooper's and Summer's stories as each other try to comprehend everything in their future. Although I can't get into details since it will be a spoiler, let me note some important parts of the book.
It's much better written than the first one. It is seperated in parts and each one follows either Summer or Cooper. This love story is by far the most heart-breaking one. The impossible has seperated them and while Cooper tries to continue with his life, Summer becomes something more, ethereal and surprisingly wise.
Her descriptions made me think of Plato and his own ideas of the After. The book was not only centered around them but also it extended into a global story which follows both Summer and Cooper for almost 60 years.
Needless to say it left me crying in the final chapters. Not even the "Green Mile" or "Cloud Atlas" made me cry so much!
But in the end, love prevailed and despite my sobbing I found myself smiling at the ending which proved that soulmates exist and no matter where and when they are, they will find each other again.
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