Seventeenth Summer

Angie Morrow is fairly quiet and keeps to herself.  In Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly the reader gets a glimpse into the summer before she leaves to college.  It is a period of many firsts for her.  She falls in love, and finds an identity.  In the end she asserts her independence as she goes off to college.

I read this when I was fifteen and had no idea that it was written in 1942.  It is a story that is relatable even today.  It is also fascinating to me that Daly wrote this novel as she was in college.  I love this story every time I read it, and it is fun to discuss with others who have read it as well.  There is always a differing of opinions on the ending.

Abby Greulich

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