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 by The 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…”
5++++ Star Review by Ashley
There is so much I want to say about this book but there aren't enough words. Or better yet no words that I can say to give Invincible Summer the justice that it so richly deserves. So, I'm going to do something a bit different for this review....
Dear Seth King,
Thank you. For this book. For writing boldly and without reservation. For your bravery in doing something different and heartbreaking and hopeful and powerful. For sharing this piece of yourself and your story with us.
Thank you for giving me Summer. And Cooper. For keeping them true to who they were- a bit broken but in the most beautiful way. For giving them joy and purpose despite the pain. For letting them love- fears, faults and all. For giving them a love that transcended time and life and even death.
Thank you for using your words for good. They moved me to tears more than I want to admit. They changed me. They broke me down and healed something in me that I didn't even know was broken. Thank you for making me look up and smile (which for someone in NYC is a big feat). For making me want to be a better version of myself, the best version of myself. There is no thank you big enough for that.
Please, I am begging you as a reader, a lover of the written word to pick up this book. It's message is one everybody needs to experience and feel. I am writing this review with tears in my eyes (happy, heartfelt tears). Invincible Summer will give you more than one OMG moment and hopefully, like it did for me, it will bring some peace to your soul. I could rattle on and on and on but I won't. Seth King delivered a winner or epic proportions. This book is, hands down, one of the best I have ever read. Just read it and bask in the beautiful, wonderful power of love.
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