Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Book Review - One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham

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Title: One Endless Summer
Author: Laurie Ellingham
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 20th April 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Three best friends.
Three continents.
Three months to live.

How long can you keep a secret?

Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.

Lizzie’s battle with cancer is coming to an end, and now she’s ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. There are only three months, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!

Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.

Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…

As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

Speechless at just how breathtaking this book really is. From the first few pages, I had a feeling that I was reading something special, and was I progressed through the book I was more and more impressed with each page. 

I was drawn into the story of Lizzie, Samantha and Jaddi, and their reasons for wanting to spend a summer travelling the world. You will learn they are all hiding things from each other despite being best friends, and although as a reader you are privy to a couple of the secrets, there is at least one that no matter how much I tried to predict it, I was wrong.  And I am so glad that I was, as it made for a far more shocking conclusion to the book. 

Our Endless Summer features travel in South East Asia, Australia and America, and I loved so many of the experiences that are described. But what really struck me was Lizzie, and her attitude to everything. She is an inspirational character, and is central to everything, as the trip is in her honor. 

There are certain moments that will definitely stick in the mind, such as Lizzie's reasoning for wanting to see as many sunsets and sunrises as possible, and the story of one of her hospital stays while she was 9 years old.  I loved seeing how different the three friends were, and just how their relationship changes while on their travels. 

One Endless Summer is in theory as story that should be incredibly sad, after all Lizzie only has three months to live, but although it has been written with plenty of beautifully expressed emotions, the story is inspiring and also thought provoking.  

I'm really struggling with this review as there are things I'd love to wax lyrical about, but I don't want to spoil the experience of reading this for yourself. All I can say at this point is if you decide to take a chance on this book, it is an absorbing read, and at the same time, a surprisingly quick book, so I'd suggest making sure you have a good chunk of time in which to read it one go.  

One Endless Summer is a fabulously written book with a mix of laughs, tender moments, emotion, friendship, huge life altering decisions, against a backdrop of exotic locations which just adds to the flavour of the book, all of which meant I never wanted to the put my kindle down. It's a story, or at least there is a message from the book that I hope to keep with me for a long time. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HQ for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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