My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Summer, Community, Business, Romance, Friendship
Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…
I smell summer.
If you’re tempted to lie in your backyard, under the sun, to get tanned or simply enjoy the outdoors, I certainly encourage you to consider taking this book with you.
The concept is fairly original. Who would have thought that an ice cream stand would mean so much to so many people and have its own developed back-story?
And yet it does.
The fact that Molly started this business during WWII to cheer up her girlfriends whose boyfriends or brothers or fathers were at war is admirable and interesting. Since I got to know her a bit, I found unfortunate what happened to her, although that part is crucial for the story to move in the direction the author wanted.
The writing is decent but dry—never lyrical. It made me feel like I was reading a textbook at times, so no particular way at all. It left me indifferent for the most part.
Because of that, it’s hard to get attached to the characters like it is possible when authors use figures of speech or lyrical descriptions to affect us and make us really understand what the characters are feeling, but it doesn’t change the fact that Amelia is as sweet as ice scream, if a little naïve, and a lovely girl who is impossible to dislike, unlike her best friend, Cate, who seems to bask in negativity.
There are probably a hundred other new books more fantastic than this one to read to get in a summer mood – I am, of course, thinking of the new release The Summer of Jordi Perez in particular – but it doesn’t mean that this one isn’t worth your time still.
If you’re interested in reading a light story that will actually teach you some about managing a small business while entertaining you, give this under-the-radar story a shot.
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