Today's Throwback is a Throwback in more ways than one: Because it was published in 2015 (so not really a NEW book) and because it is set in 1969, at perhaps the most historically significant musical event, well, ever: Woodstock. The original.
Three Day Summer is a fun, summery story by Sarvebaz Tash, author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (which, if you haven't read yet, go do it NOW...but not before checking out the book featured in this review). It centers on a blossoming romance between Michael and Cora, two teens who meet-cute when Michael falls ill and is taken to the medical tent where Cora is a volunteer. They become friends and then become more as they get to know each other.
Three Day Summer is most definitely a character-driven story. The alternating viewpoints give insight into the minds of Michael and Cora and to the events, hopes, and dreams that led them to be where they are and who they are when we, the reader, encounter them. And the festival is like a character itself. The author, who obviously did her research about the featival, added lots of little details to put the reader right in the rain-soaked fields of Mr. Yasgur's farm. Also included are little historical details about Vietnam, the hippie movement, and the state of the country during that time period. All of this really helped to set the tone of the story.
This one is for music lovers and for anyone looking for a quick, fun romance. You can find Three Day Summer on our fiction shelf. Or ask for it at the Teen Desk and we'll track it down for you. I recommend it. It's totally groovy! --AJB