Review: Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso

Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso
Expected Publication: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Flux
Format: via NetGalley
Challenges: NetGalley/Edelweiss
Rating: 3.5/5

To Forrest Shephard, getting away to the family's beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian's obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them. Suddenly, Forrest's relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia's rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia's finicky eating isn't at all what Forrest expected. And over the next thirty days, Forrest's world is turned upside down as her family's darkest secrets begin to come to light.

My Thoughts
This is the story of Forrest and her family’s crazy vacation. Every year they go away for the summer but this year everything just hits the fan and changes the family like never before. She is forced to room with her brother’s girlfriend then finds out Olivia is pregnant. Forrest feels like she suddenly doesn’t know her family, it’s like secrets after secrets. After giving Olivia the benefit of the doubt she learns that Olivia is a good person and great friend.

This summer is also a time when Forrest discovers that she wants to experience first love; she is determined to find it. One day she meets a guy whom she thinks is really nice and they strike up some convo and she thinks he could be the one that she gets to know. Little does she know he isn’t who he claims to be. She soon finds herself in a situation that no one should ever be put in; she is attacked on the beach.

Back home the unexpected pregnancy is putting so much pressure on the family her mom and dad are constantly fighting something that has never happened before. After her ordeal with that guy her mom comforts her and telling her two shocking secrets that turns her world upset down. The family she has known all along isn’t the same anymore.

Forrest thought going into the summer she wanted thirty sunsets of love and fun but instead she finds out things she couldn’t ever thought possible. While it was shocking it also in the end brought them closer than ever as a family.

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