We all remember our first love, that one affair that took custody of your heart and never really let it go. Readers around the world were touched byThe Summer Remains, a heartbreaking and inspiring novel about one of these romances – but Cooper Nichols, the enigmatic young man at the center of the novel, was largely silent on the matter. Until now.
“I just can’t believe it’s over between you guys,” my best friend said as we walked down the pier. “You two were supposed to last forever.”
I stared out at the blue sea. “Oh, trust me, it’s not over. I am going to see that girl’s face in every crowd I look into, forever. And maybe a few forevers after that…”
And so begins the tale of young writer Cooper Nichols. Left in ruins after a tragic summer romance, Cooper is afraid the sun may have set on him for good – until his mother discovers a copy of Cooper’s journal he kept of that summer. As he reluctantly slips back into his own past in the pages of his notebook, Cooper starts to rethink everything he thought he knew about life, death, and all the love that can bloom in between – and what follows is a thrilling and breathtaking journey back to joy that will sink into you and stay there for the long haul.
Illuminating, romantic and soul-stirring, Invincible Summer is a testament to the miraculous power of love, in all its immortal glory and everlasting majesty. If you have ever found yourself drifting back to a long-lost romance during a quiet moment, prepare to be pulled under all over again.
“That one summer. Everyone’s got one, that fleeting season that rearranged you and imprinted itself onto your soul forever. You were mine. I swear I’ll never forget your hazel eyes. I swear I’ll never forget those few months when the winds roared. I’ll always think of you that way. And if you can, please come back to me. At the end of the day I’m just a boy who wants to get back to his first love, and I miss you. Just find a way back, please. I’ll be waiting.
Until then, I’ve got nothing…”
ARC was kindly provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review
*Az értékelés spoilereket tartalmaz a The Summer Remains-re nézve!*
Valami különlegeset kaptam ezzel a könyvvel. Valami fájdalmasat, valami gyönyörűt, valami jelentőségteljeset. Mielőtt elkezdenéd olvasni ezt a történetet, felejts el minden mást, amit valaha olvastál. Ezzel a könyvvel nem fogod megkapni a megszokott romantikus regényt, ahol szerelmes és vicces pillanatok ejtik rabul a szíved. Ez egy lassan építkező, gyönyörű, mély gondolatokkal teli utazás története. Egy utazás keresztül téren, időn, életeken, szerelmen, gyászon, csillagokon és világokon. Egy halhatatlan szerelem története.
A könyv ott veszi fel a fonalat, ahol a The Summer Remains fájdalmasan véget ért, ahol a csupán 24 éves Summer Johnson életét vesztette. Az előző kötetben Cooper megígérte Summer-nek, hogy megírja a történetüket, hogy halhatatlanná teszi őt. De hogyan folytasd az életedet, ha a lelked egy darabja örökre elveszett? Hogyan találod meg újra a szeretetet, ha a szíved helyén csak az ürességet érzed? Hogyan kelsz fel az ágyból minden nap azok után, hogy elvesztettél minden fénysugarat, ami egykor beragyogta a napjaidat? Ebben a könyvben megtudhatjuk, mi történik Cooperrel Summer elvesztése után, és hogyan alakul az élete egészen az utolsó órákig.
Seth King-ben egy költő veszett el. Annyira, de annyira csodálatosan írta meg ezt a könyvet, hogy esküszöm, hogy volt, hogy csak úgy hirtelen a semmiből kicsordult a könnyem. Gyönyörű szavakkal, gyönyörű metaforákkal, szinte szépirodalmi nyelvezettel ír. Nem emlékeznék, hogy a The Summer Remains-nél is éreztem volna ezt a hihetetlen magas színvonalat, de ez a könyv egyébként is valami egészen más volt. Filozofikus volt, szívhez szóló volt, gyönyörűséges üzenetek sorával.
Nem mondom, hogy ez egy olyan könyv “amit mindenkinek el kell olvasnia”, de az biztos, hogy valami semmihez sem hasonlítható, különleges történetet kaptam, amely maga volt a tiszta szépség. Úgy gondolom, hogy azok számára, akik valaha elvesztettek valaki számukra fontosat, ez a könyv egy életet-megváltoztató és szemet-felnyitó élményt fog jelenteni.
My Review in English
*My review contains spoilers for The Summer Remains!*
I got something special with this book. Something painful, something beautiful, something meaningful. Before you start to read this book forget anything else what you ever read. With this book you will not get the usual romance stories, where sweet and funny moments capture your heart. This is a slow-building, stunning journey, full with deep thoughts. A journey through space, time, lives, loves, griefs, stars and worlds. This is a story of an undying love.
The story picks up the thread where The Summer Remains devastatingly ended, where the 24 years old Summer Johnson lost her life. In The Summer Remains Cooper promised to Summer that he will write their story and with this he will make Summer immortal. But how can you continue living your life after you lose one huge piece of your soul? How can you find love again if in the place of your heart is nothing else just emptiness? How can you wake up from your bed every day after you lost all ray of light which once shined your days? In this book we can learn about what happened with Cooper after he lost Summer and how was his life until his last moments.
Seth King is a highly gifted author and a true poet. His talent is undeniable. He wrote this book on such a beautiful way that I swear there were moments when a tear escaped from my eye out of the blue. He writes with beautiful words and metaphors and with beautiful language. I don’t remember that The Summer Remains would be written on this high level, but this book was something else anyway. It was philosophical, it was heartfelt, with a range of beautiful messages.
I don’t say that this is the kind of book what “everybody should read”, but it is certain that this book is so unique and not comparable with anything I ever read, and this reading was a pure beauty. I think that for everybody who ever lost someone important this story truly will be a life-changing journey.
My favorite Quotes From the Book
“Some stories are told with words, that is true. Others are told with a paintbrush. But the best ones are told with love.”
“Life is brief but love is long.
Somewhere between anger and love is an ocean of eternal tranquility. It is there that I will see you again.”
“The world was filled with love stories – ours killed me, and it was still my favorite.”
“The light is broken inside but I still work.”
“Remember that humans will never be exactly who you want them to be. Their souls are storms, and one cannot change the direction of a hurricane by wishing it another way. Wishes are beautiful and helpless, like crystal castles in violent sandstorms.”
“Because death is no match for love. Love can be lost, but never destroyed. Love always wins. It will remain.”
“The world is so beautiful in its simplicity. A dandelion on a Sunday morning. Fresh bread. Good olive oil. Giving your little dog a bath. The warmth of your soul mate across the bed. Unconditional love. These are the things that last.”
“In the midst of winter, I found within myself an invincible summer.
– Albert Camus”
“In the end, you will be two dates. Your gravestone will contain two years: birth, and death. Only a few words will fit in the space below those years. Make them count. Make the story of your life a riproaring ride for the ages.”
“Live and let die. Love and let live. Die and fly free.”
“It’s like she’s made me go crazy. Whoever I am, this isn’t me. I am constantly on the edge of losing control and touching the other side, revealing too much of my heart, my soul, my desires, my dreams, my nightmares. She’s drenched me in vivid reds, deep blues, vibrant yellows, and I am soaking in the color.”
“Grief grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go, and it is everywhere and everything. It is the awkward silence with an old friend, the lingering weirdness with your mom in the morning before breakfast. It is a part of you, clawing out to escape its black home in your chest and make its vile presence known.”
“And maybe this is the invincible summer: the parts of our loved ones we take with us. Death is the ultimate wrecking ball, coming in and smashing a human life to bits, but when they break, they leave pieces of themselves behind – and it is up to us to make those pieces into a whole. Only we can pick them up and fit them into our lives in a way that makes sense and lasts for the long haul. Only we can banish the winter and make the summer remain.”
About the Author
Seth King is a twenty-five-year-old author who writes for anyone who ever wondered what the “book boyfriend” was thinking. He appreciates New Adult Romance written by women, but after deciding a man’s perspective was missing he turned his life into a book. He enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Learn more about Seth King here.
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