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The Lake Effect por Erin McCahan
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The Lake Effect (edição 2017)

por Erin McCahan (Autor)

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"The summer after senior year of high school, Briggs Henry works as a personal assistant to an eccentric elderly woman in a house on the shores of Lake Michigan, and finds himself distracted by the mysterious girl next door"--
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Título:The Lake Effect
Autores:Erin McCahan (Autor)
Informação:Dial Books (2017), 400 pages
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Loved this book! It has a lot of humor, but that's the icing on the cake of the charming characters, fun summer beach setting, and changing relationships that fill up the story. Briggs is excited to begin his new summer job, just after high school graduation, as a personal assistant and handyman to an elderly widow living alone in a giant house on the beach in South Haven Michigan. He figures he'll save money for college and meet new friends to help him get over his breakup with his girlfriend. He has his life planned out--get a law degree and make lots of money, and never live in a "shoebox" like the years his family had to after his dad lost all of their money from investments gone wrong. He comes from a family of overachievers, and his relationships with his high expectations father and his stern no-hugging no-affection-of-any-kind grandmother Ruth give him stomach knots at times. But he's going to have a great time on the beach all summer; he's used to working with older people from his time volunteering at a nursing home, so he can handle this--but "Mrs. B." throws him for a loop the minute he meets her and she asks him to take her to her funeral! Between translating her hilarious English vocabulary gaffes and thick Serbian accent, trying to avoid embarrassing faux pas at various funerals, and figuring out what's up with the mysteriously intriguing quiet girl next door--who seems to be totally immune to his charms and also disappears for days on end--Briggs has quite a full summer. And that's not even mentioning the changes that will happen to Briggs and his family as the sunny days go by. Mrs. B is the quirkiest old lady I've read in a book in a long time, loved her character! And seeing how she and Abigail both affect Briggs' character was enjoyable to read. This is a great book for fans of summer romance and fans of books that are full of heart, a little drama, a little sadness and a lot of chuckles.

Up til now I've always thought of "the lake effect" as something that happens in winter: the wind off the Great Lakes causes huge snowfalls near the shore. But now I will forever think of the *summer* lake effect, as well! "Over and off," everyone! ( )
  GoldieBug | Oct 23, 2020 |
This was my family. The Henrys. We had expectations. We achieved. We catalogued our successes, and we never needed our hair cut. We were a riot at Thanksgiving too.

Briggs Henry has just graduated high school and he's got big plans. He'll be attending university in the Fall where he plans to earn an MBA-JD on his way to his first $million$ before he's 30. But first, he's got a summer job as live-in personal assistant for an elderly woman who lives on the lake shore. Mrs. Bosic is Serbian, can't decide on a paint color, and has an obsession with attending funerals.

I was expecting a light read, something kind of brainless and superficial as a break from some of the heavier reading I've gotten into lately. And for about 2/3's or 3/4's of the book, that's pretty much what it was. Some witty banter, a few crude comments here and there, and not especially deep. The change was abrupt, but didn't feel sudden or even out of place because by then I felt pretty invested in these characters and compelled to keep reading. And it turned out not to be the shallow light YA read I expected but a story with some real depth about family and growing up. And it was serious without feeling too serious... if that makes sense. Either way, I really enjoyed it. ( )
  J.Green | Mar 15, 2019 |
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