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Book Title: Le dernier été|
The author of the book: Ann Brashares
Edition: Pôle Fiction
Date of issue: April 2012
ISBN 13: 9782070613441
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.2
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I did really enjoy the depth to the characters in this one. I feel as though the writing has grown a lot since the first book. I maybe connected with each character the most this time around. BUT, I thought this book contained soooo many overdone tropes. And they were so transparent and flimsy!
I was so irritated with Bridget's choices that seemed to stem from nothing more than boredom. (view spoiler)[Teens getting involved with an older, married person is such an overused trope and it's especially frustrating with it isn't used for anything. Not all 30 year olds with families are looking to cheat, I wish that books would stop portraying marriage this way! (hide spoiler)]
I also came down with a case of eye-roll strain from the giant deus ex machina Kostos twist. Puh-lease.
But what I have really mixed feelings on was a scene with Tibby. (view spoiler)[ I'm not familiar with sex crime laws in 2007, but the scene between Tibby and Brian fits today's definition of rape. They were both drunk (you are unable to GIVE or INTERPRET consent if your mental function is altered by drugs, alcohol, or comatose state - yes, drunkeness is akin to being in a coma in rape laws!) and... here, I will just type it out word for word:
(Brian:)"Do you want to...?"
(Tibby:)"I don't know...."
She loved him. She knew she did.
And then in a moment, simple and pure, they were together in a way they hadn't been before.
Please show me the part where she said yes. Because I saw her say she wasn't sure and then it was happening. Love does not equal consent. Are we supposed to read between the lines and assume more dialogue happened that wasn't shown? Or that more consensual actions happened that weren't described?
Part of me thinks, but they were in a loving relationship and it doesn't even cross her mind if it was rape or not, so no big deal. But the other part of me knows that people are assaulted by someone they know or are romantically involved with way too often and the law doesn't exclude relationships and even marriages from sex crimes.
Honestly, I'm frustrated in myself for continually getting caught up in this kind of crap with books, but I'm even more mad that books keep blurring the lines like this.
I know, I know. "It's 9 years ago though, things are different now." Well 9 years ago I was in college and I promise you these discussions were happening then.
I don't think this was intentional, but I point this type of thing out because this is something I would use to start a discussion with kids if I had them, and what I wish adults had discussed with me when I was younger.
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Read information about the authorAnn Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ann and her husband live with their three children in New York.
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