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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Amber's Summer by Cameron Glenn is a story about overcoming tragedy. The year is 2008 and fourteen-year-old Amber wants to get away from her parents' divorce. She decides to go on a summer vacation with her best friend Angel and Angel’s parents. When Angel dies unexpectedly, Amber has to try to live her life without her best friend.
I think Glenn has done a terrific job of writing from a teenage girl’s perspective. Having been one myself many years ago, the way Amber’s random thoughts flow is pretty much how I remember thinking too. It is important for the reader to remember that Amber's Summer takes place in 2008 because some of the celebrities that Amber talks about were pretty popular then. Nowadays they have all changed and are known for different things.
Death and mourning is never an easy subject to write about. When Angel died, I truly felt Amber’s sadness. Anyone who has ever lost someone close to them will feel Amber’s pain. I really like that Glenn touches on the importance of internet safety and meeting strangers in this book. However, I do wish what happened to Amber was taken a little more seriously. It is not something someone should just brush off.
Amber’s Summer is just one of many books written by Cameron Glenn. This book is written for young adults but can be enjoyed by various audiences. If you like books that remind you of your awkward teenage years or need to see how to deal with the loss of a close friend, then I suggest you read this one.