Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland - OPTIONAL


Howland, Leila The Forget-Me-Not Summer, 336 pgs. Harper Collins 2015. $16.99. Language: G; (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 

The Silver Sisters, 12-year-old Marigold,  11-year-old Zinnia and 5-year-old Lily are spending 3 weeks of their summer with their great aunt Sunny in Cape Cod.  These California girls are in for a shock; practically no cell phone service, very slow internet and no television! How will they survive?  Marigold has recently retained an agent, and she’s missing an audition, Zinnia hates being the middle child and longs for some attention of her own and little Lily has never been away from home or without her nanny in her whole life. Can the sisters pull together to make this a “Forget-Me-Not Summer?”  

I’m a theater person, and honestly, the Hollywood and acting portions were so stereotypical and “Disney Channel” it made this sweet story have a bitter side.  The relationship building of the sisters, away from their regular life in LA, where they had to be each other’s best friends was the best part.  Pretty long for the target audience. 

EL, MS - OPTIONAL  Lisa Librarian

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