Review | call the squad and retreat to a jungle-beach in ‘The Summer List’ | by Amy Mason Doan

“He found her. Smiling, he raised driftwood as if toasting her — and in that second, to her, after the long, lonely summer, he might as well have hung the moon”



Edition: Paperback

Publishing Date: June 26, 2018

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Fiction, Adult Fiction

ISBN: 1525804251 (ISBN13: 9781525804250)

Goodreads Rating: 4.49

My Rating: 4.70


A tender yet tantalizing novel about two friends, the summer night they fell apart, and the scavenger hunt that reunites them decades later—until the clues expose a breathtaking secret that just might shatter them once and for all.

Laura and Casey were once inseparable: as they floated on their backs in the sunlit lake, as they dreamed about the future under starry skies, and as they teamed up for the wild scavenger hunts in their small California lakeside town. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. With a twist: this time, the list of clues leads to the settings of their most cherished summer memories. From glistening Jade Cove to the vintage skating rink, each step they take becomes a bittersweet reminder of the friendship they once shared. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart…

Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List is about losing and recapturing the person who understands you best—and the unbreakable bonds of girlhood.



I don’t know what made me so nostalgic while I was reading this, if it was that everlasting summer vibe, the characters that made it all too real or the love and friendship I felt while reading this.

It is essentially the reconciliation of two friends through a scavenger hunt after having not seen each other for a few years.



This might be one of the easiest 5 star ratings that I have ever given. I did not know what to expect at the start of reading this book but I did not expect for it to be able to paint a picture in my head.

Very little books have the ability to this to me and almost all the time it is what keeps me from giving that 5th star. So I was really pleased when the author’s writing did it so easily for me.



It’s written in a diary format which made it easier to follow the timeline of the events that were going on.


I did not exactly know where the plot was going at some point, but in this case, it worked in favor of the story rather than something that would have caused the book to be confusing.

The plot was engaging for me, though light, because it just made me feel so nostalgic that it made me want to keep on reading. Which is something that you don’t usually get in books. I wanted more of the emotions that it was giving to me.

It focused a lot on friendship but it also had other themes for me to enjoy. I was expecting a cute-sy type of book, but I’m happy that it was at least more than that.



This was really one of the book’s strengths, in my opinion.

The characterization was well done, not at all one-dimensional and extremely relatable (Casey is that typical best friend though HAHA). The love story was intriguing and very, very enjoyable.

I felt close to the characters and was able to relate to them as well. And aside from that, I actually started to feel like they were sort of my friends too . . . ? If that makes sense.



It was a wonderful thing to read in the summer heat when you just miss your friends and want to feel a bit closer to them.

It definitely made me want to call the squad and run away together and have our own camp on some jungle-beach.







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