Aug 09 2018

Review for The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review for The Summer List by Amy Mason DoanThe Summer List by Amy Mason Doan
Published by Graydon House on June 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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A tender yet tantalizing novel about two friends, the summer night they fell apart, and the scavenger hunt that reunites them decades later—until the clues expose a breathtaking secret that just might shatter them once and for all.

Laura and Casey were once inseparable: as they floated on their backs in the sunlit lake, as they dreamed about the future under starry skies, and as they teamed up for the wild scavenger hunts in their small California lakeside town. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. With a twist: this time, the list of clues leads to the settings of their most cherished summer memories. From glistening Jade Cove to the vintage skating rink, each step they take becomes a bittersweet reminder of the friendship they once shared. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart…

Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List is about losing and recapturing the person who understands you best—and the unbreakable bonds of girlhood.




Laura and Casey were the best of friends growing up, the tyoes of best friends that can finish each other sentences. After a falling on that fateful day during the summer, they didn’t speak again. Fast forward 17 years, and they are brought together for another scavenger hunt. They both are leery of one another, but they are pretty much thrown together.

I enjoyed the setting being mostly in the past, where we learn a lot about their friendship, bordering on being a forbidden friendship. But with so many questions about what happened that night where these two parted ways, what happened is slowly revealed as the story went on. There was a little bit of romance for one of the girls, and it was sweet and so well done. It didn’t take over the mystery that was Laura and Casey and their pasts.

The Summer List is a story of friendships lost, revelations and self discovery and I enjoyed it all so much. Reminds some of us readers of our friendships lost over the years. I can’t recommend this one enough.





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12 Responses to “Review for The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan”

  1. Sam@WLABB

    I had my eye on this one. I like books that feature female friendships, and the setting sounds like someplace I would like to visit. Glad you liked it.

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