The 'Lost and Found Tour' is a fantastic opportunity to see 5 YA debut authors talking about their books! All of these are on my TBR pile and I have the pleasure of reviewing 'Lying About Last Summer'. Please head to the bottom of my blog for more information about the 'Lost and Found Tour' or follow this link to buy tickets: https://www.waterstones.com/events/lostandfound-with-kathryn-evans-eugene-lambert-patrice-lawrence-olivia-levez-and-sue-wallman/Birmingham
Title: Lying about Last Summer
Author: Sue Wallman
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lying-About-Last-Summer-wallman/dp/1407165364
The story centres around a girl called Skye, who is sent to a camp for troubled teenagers after her sister dies in an accident. However, once she is at the camp she starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister. (Publishers' blurb)
Now to the review! I saw a lot of buzz about this book on Twitter so it was brilliant to be invited to join the blog tour.
The subject of grief can be triggering but in this book it was handled really well. Skye's emotions were portrayed in a sensitive, convincing way and the book overall felt uplifting despite aspects of the subject matter.
Another thing I loved was that the book was really tightly plotted. The tension built as Skye tried to work out what was going on and the beginning linked back with the end in a really satisfying way! Flashbacks were used effectively to reveal what happened the previous summer in small pieces.
'Lying About Last Summer' also had a really compelling voice. I loved Skye and I really rooted for her. There was a strong cast of supporting characters too and a really interesting (and irritating) antagonist.
The final thing I want to discuss was the use of technology. It was a great idea to have someone contacting Skye via social media and it made the book feel really current.
I loved this book and I strongly recommend it if you want a compelling mystery with friendship and romance.
Sue Wallman is a former magazine journalist who lives near Kingston-upon-Thames. Her debut book, Lying About Last Summer, was published in May, and her second book will be published in May 2017. She likes swimming, eavesdropping and watching First Dates with her three teenage daughters.
The Lost and Found Tour
Now a little more about the amazing Lost and Found Tour! The authors involved at Olivia Levez (The Island), Patrice Lawrence (Orangeboy), Kathryn Evans (More of Me), Sue Wallman (Lying About Last Summer). Eugene Lambert (The Sign of One)
It launches on 1st October 2-4pm at Birmingham Waterstones and is chaired by Chelley Toy.
Join us for a discussion of identity, loss, and the darkness inside; of self-discovery, friendship, and hope for a better tomorrow as part of the #LostandFound Book Tour.
Unflinching, clever and honest, our five authors explore what it means to grow up when the cards seem to be constantly stacked against you.
Don't miss your chance to meet these amazing authors, ask questions, and get your books signed.
This is the full list of tour dates and locations:
-Sat 1st Oct, 2pm Birmingham Waterstones
-Thurs 6th Oct, 6pm London Islington Waterstones
-Sat 26th Nov Guildford Waterstones
-Thurs 1st Dec Liverpool Writeblend
-Sunday 22nd January Hampshire Libraries, Petersfield
-Sat 4th March Glasgow Waterstones