Thank you to Gallery books for providing me with a free copy of The Myth of Perpetual Summer in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
From the publisher:
Tallulah James’s parents’ volatile relationship, erratic behavior, and hands-off approach to child rearing set tongues to wagging in their staid Mississippi town, complicating her already uncertain life. She takes the responsibility of shielding her family’s reputation and raising her younger twin siblings onto her youthful shoulders. When betrayal and death arrive hand in hand, she takes to the road, headed to what turns out to be the not-so-promised land of Southern California. Seven years later, she’s drawn home when her younger brother is accused of murder. Finally, she learns the truth of the terrible tragedy that has lain hidden for so long.
This. Book. Was. So. Good! I literally hugged this book when I turn the last page. This is going to be a full out gushy review because I have not one bad thing to say about this book.
When I think about why I like to read, the only important thing that comes to mind is: love of a good story. I love to be told a good story or read a good story. The Myth of Perpetual Summer was such a wonderful story about people, family, life, and fighting through the challenges that come our way and coming out on the other side not unscathed, but smarter and stronger than before.
Crandall has written a dysfunctional family in such a realistic way that as the reader you feel such strong emotions about the things they do to each other. I felt so angry at Tallulah‘s feckless parents and wanted to swoop in and rescue her and her siblings. The family in this novel also got me thinking about the whole nature versus nurture argument. In this book and in real life I do find that people under the same circumstances can react to them in a different way. Tallulah and each of her siblings handled their very unconventional childhood in very different ways.
The setting in this novel was also stunning: summer in Mississippi in the 1960’s, with old fashioned ways and life on a pecan plantation. Basically this was the perfect summer read and I really just couldn’t get enough of it. I am sad that it’s over. This book is easily the best book I’ve read so far in 2018. I easily give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!