A tale of love and friendship set in the 1950s, When the Summer Ends tackles society’s views of the times.
Aika Rowland is a young lady affected by Aspergers, and struggling to live her life; her famous family has its own problems and often she is overlooked, finding it hard to fit in with her outlandish clothes and strange mannerisms. That is, until she meets rough, tough Greaser girl, Cherry Knox, the girl who shows her what love is really about.
When the Summer Ends by Ellie Morris is well-written and shows a lot of issues at hand that our society faces today. As a reader, I could sympathize with the characters. A family going through many issues. Issues like an older brother being gay, a father who can’t stand up to his demanding wife, and the daughter struggling with who she is and developing an attraction to another female. This was indeed an emotional thrill ride. As each cahracter went through their issues and self-discoveries. But desipte all that was happening the sibblings supported one another. That made me feel good. Gender issues as well as sexuality and racisim were also other issues that were brilliantly brought up within this historical read. Quite a journey to go through. Never a dull moment. Love isn’t something that we can box up and define. It’s something that changes as life evolves. Love isn’t hatred. Ellie Morris brings these themes into her highly entertaining world of fiction. Overall, I recommend this new title to readers everywhere. — Danielle Urban
I loved this book! There was vividness in the imagery and the loneliness of the main heroine, Aika, is tangible and poignant. A misfit, dreamer and in possession of a distinct voice, her point of view is interesting and her struggles relatable. I especially loved the maid, Cissy, and the relationship the two share. I’m looking forward to her new adventures in the sequel, Mansions of Glass. — Rosa
I really loved reading this book! It’s beautiful and well-written, and issues that are still relevant and relatable today. I really liked how the relationship between Aika and Carrie was written, and I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens next! — Amazon Customer
Ellie Morris’ ‘When the Summer Ends’ it’s a complex, well structured novel. It can be called a love story, a Bildungsroman, a story about diversity and acceptance, a social critique which, despite the events of the book taking place in the fifties, is still quite actual nowadays. Its main strenght lies undoubtedly in the characters–the main characters Aika Rowland and her friends and family. A good deal of the story is narrated by Aika herself, and her unique perspective of the events happening to and around her is charming and interesting, as she recounts her family’s mve to America and her more personal journey discovering her sexual identity and dealing with Aspergers Syndrome. However, other characters assume the role of the narrative voice throughout the book, each of them a fully rounded individual whose unique and distinctive take of the events gives the reader a deeper understanding of the relationships between the various characters and the underlying plot.
In short, When the Summer Ends’ is an interesting, well-written and quite original novel. A recommended read for anyone looking for a good book, especially so for those readers who are interested in reading original LGBT romances. — Stella