Jan 8, 2016

Review: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

TitleThree Day Summer
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: May 19, 2015
Pages/Format: 304, Hardcover
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Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...

Book in One Word: GROOVY.

Here's the thing about Three Day Summer, and the main reason why I wanted to read it: it's set at Woodstock. Woodstock. Freaking Woodstock! In other words, one of the biggest music festivals in the history of music festivals, concerts, and the like. It was called "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music." Four-hundred-thousand people gathered in 1969 to celebrate peace and listen to music from the likes of Santana, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, The Who, Joe Cocker, and Jimi Hendrix. It was three days of no sleep (seriously, look at the set times) and lots of sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll, and I think Sarvenaz Tash did a pretty damn good job of bringing it to life--or putting in on paper, really.

Three Day Summer is told from the points of view of Michael and Cora. Michael's there with his (bitch of a) girlfriend and some friends, while Cora's volunteering at the medical tent. (Her dad's not too happy about all this craziness being in their small town--Cora can walk there--and is really not thrilled with people protesting the war, since Cora's older brother is fighting in it.)  But when Michael takes some acid and does not react well to it, he ends up in the med tent...where he meets Cora. For three days Cora tries to evade her ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Michael tries not to find his girlfriend (hate her), and Cora and Michael constantly try to run into each other. Spoiler alert: it's such a sweet (and hot) romance that goes so well with the setting.

Speaking of the setting--I had to listen to a few live tracks from the Woodstock album after reading this. It was pretty easy to picture myself at Woodstock (could you imagine?), but I think it also helped that I've been to a few music festivals myself: one day at Bumbershoot and a few years of Warped Tour. In terms of similarities, I'd probably compare Woodstock and Warped (though they're definitely different): lots of people crammed outside in farm-like fields, an interesting crowd filled with a variety of people, a cacophony of music, and, of course, drugs. (You can't not smell weed at these kinds of things, let's be real.) So for Three Day Summer and Woodstock, I basically pictured Warped at the Gorge, just in a different era and different music and a few other alterations.And because of all that, I was able to picture the setting rather vividly. I wouldn't've minded a bit more of a focus on music and the festival, but it wasn't really a problem, just something that would've been nice. I wasn't just reading the book; I was basically there. And it was fun.

All in all, Three Day Summer is quick, devourable, and well worth the read. I like how it's historical fiction with a large focus on romance and a fun part of history, and that it's nice and light. It's a little three-day vacation to a historical event in 1969, and it's just breezy and fun and enjoyable. I was a fan of Michael and Cora, I liked seeing their romance blossom in such a short of amount of time, and it was unique to see it all happen in that atmosphere. It's the perfect summer fling--oh, those summer nights!--but it's also something that could be so much more. Rock on.

Did I like it? Yes!
Did I love it? Not quite.
Would I reread it? Sure!
Would I purchase it? I wouldn't mind having this on my shelf.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of music, romance, and historical fiction that's on the lighter side--and excellently so.

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to read this since it came out and keep forgetting about it. I went to Woodstock '99 which wasn't really about the peace and the love... but it was definitely 200,000 people acting crazy. My dad missed out of Woodstock, but he went to Watkins Glen which had an even bigger attendance. So yeah, definitely interested in reading about a romance that takes place at a festival. Glad you liked it!!


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