Saturday, June 12, 2010
Review: The Summoning
Synopsis from GoodReads:
After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.
At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either
Why did I wait so long to read this book? The Summoning is an amazing read, from the very beginning I felt for Chloe. She is fifteen years old girl who is just trying to be normal (and get that oh so wonderful time of the month) when she sees a ghost. Sent away to a mental hospital for teens she meets some very interesting characters. I’ll start with my least favorite: Tori. For most of the book Tori annoyed me she seems like the stereotypical rich girl, but from what I’ve heard I’ll give her a chance. Rae is a fun character and a good bit of comic relief. Now Simon and Derek, I have to say that I love Simon. He’s such a sweet heart. Derek though, he calls to my inner bad boy love radar. There’s something about Derek that makes him so appealing to me. I loved the story from start to finish; I was so mad that it ended on a cliff hanger though that just means a trip to the library or bookstore in the coming week. I give this book an A+