Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Summer Rolls (Book Review: Rules Of Summer, Joanna Philbin)
Maybe it's because of my want to be near body of water, but it's cold and I just read a summer novel: Joanna Philbin's Rules Of Summer. It tes a story of Rory, a working-class girl who spends a summer with her aunt in the Hamptons. Her aunt works for the Rules, a very rich family. So you can more or less expect where this story goes: she falls in love with the family's soon, and we get a poor girl-rich boy love story. Half the story revolves around the Rules' daughter, Isabel, who herself has a fling with a working class boy. Philbin gives us both points of view. The book is immensely readable, and this book is perfect for a Summer afternoon by the pool. I kind of wanted something a little deeper in the book, and that may be my fault. It doesn't aspire to be anything more than it is, and for what it does, it does well.