We gave it a B+
Jacquelyn Mitchard has an astute ear for how women interact with their friends and their children, a gift beautifully showcased in Still Summer, which sequesters three childhood friends and one of their teenage daughters on a chartered boat in the Caribbean. Of course, the author of The Deep End of the Ocean also displays a poignant awareness that tragedy strikes at the most quotidian moments. Here, the women are beset by a storm, pirates, and the specter of death. While the result sometimes reads like thriller lite, Mitchard brilliantly creates realistic, intriguing characters while refusing to settle for an easy or false happy ending.