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Summer Storm [Kindle Edition]

Kristina Dunker , Margot Bettauer Dembo
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The day begins innocently enough: Annie and her friends are enjoying a leisurely afternoon of sunbathing when an ominous storm approaches. In the scramble to leave, Annie realizes her cousin Gina is missing. After a fruitless search in the rain, the teens call the police. And as the hours tick by, Annie’s fear for Gina’s safety mounts. How could this have happened? Wasn’t anyone watching her? Didn’t anyone see? The possibilities are too horrific to consider, and Annie turns for support to the friends who were with her and Gina on that fateful afternoon. But as the days pass without a trace of the lost girl, accusations begin to fly between friends, and disturbing information about one of their own comes to light. At first Annie refuses to believe it. But as the evidence begins to mount and the accused does nothing to clarify the situation, Annie realizes the relationships she once held dear are not at all what they seemed. And if a girl can’t trust her best friends…who can she trust?

About the Author

Kristina Dunker was born 1973 in Dortmund, Germany. At the age of 17 she published her first book. Since then, Kristina Dunker written several novels for children and young adults and received several awards and scholarships, including the young literary prize in the city Voerde. She is a freelance writer based in Castrop-Rauxel and holds regular lectures, discussions, and writing workshops for young people. Margot Dembo is a German to English translator. She has translated the work of Judith Hermann, Zsuzsa Bank, and Joachim Fest, among others.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 261 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161109030X
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (July 26 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1F0HI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read July 31 2011
By VFK
Format:Paperback
This is a thoroughly entertaining book not only for teens but adults as well. It is well written and its characters are fully developed.

I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Jan. 11 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was a good read. A bit of a suspense at times in the book but overall not a bad read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read July 27 2011
By I <3 Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. I'm an adult reader who loves YA and found it refreshing to find a well-written "realistic" YA title-- I feel like the genre as a whole has a wealth of talented writers right now but so much of their work tends to fall in the dystopian/fantasy/paranormal categories. As I read, I found myself caught up in Annie's worry over her cousin and felt the tension mount as the days and hours ticked by-- very psychologically distressing and thrilling. The book itself is a quick read and I plowed through it in one sitting-- it would make a great book for a day at the pool or beach.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... Sept. 17 2011
By MKinz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This book was disappointing and a real struggle to finish. It starts out really slow. Once you get past the first half of the book and the pace picks up, then it is a bunch of friends turning on one another while caught in a web of lies only to find out it was the parents all along that had been keeping secrets and telling lies. Then, at the end there was a nice little BBQ to help everyone make up and be friends. I found it to be a frustrating and disturbing book. I also have to admit that I am a conservative mom and maybe some parents are okay with the adult topics being thrown at their kids like molestation and sex among young teens, but this just didn't work for me. I definitely wouldn't want my young teenager to read this book. There are so many better books out there. Skip this one!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, Great Middle, Eh...it's done. Nov. 21 2011
By A. Galindo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I was not excited to read this book. I'm not sure why I picked it, sometimes I order a book, see it, then think, "what was I thinking?" Usually, I am pleasantly surprised. I was a little disappointed in this book. The good thing is, it's a quick read, one afternoon and your done. Since I didn't feel like too much of my life was wasted, I rounded the 1 1/2 stars up instead of down.
It started off slow. That's okay, it happens sometimes, doesn't always mean you're reading crap.
The middle picked up very nicely, creepy, mysterious, descriptive, some sexual references... interesting stuff.
Then, in the span of a few pages it washes out and never recovers ending a complete and total bore.
Sometimes this happens when things get translated, but I have to say, I was not expecting a coming of age story is this seemingly mystery-thriller. Oh well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality versus Illusion Sept. 2 2011
By Bonnie Cehovet - Published on Amazon.com
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"Summer Storm", by Kristina Dunker, was originally published in 2004. This review is for the 2011 translation into English by Margot Dembo. At first glance this might seem to be a book about teenage angst, or even about a mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl on a summer outing. I found it to be so much more. The lens of perception in this work is life as seen through the eyes of a young girl named Annie. Annie has her own issues - she is smart, rather than popular, but she functions well with the foundation of relationship with her best friend, Steffi, and the foursome they make with their friends Jonas and Roger.

The spark for the story is Annie's Uncle Paul and cousin Gina coming to live with her and her parents. Gina has an attitude, and she brings that attitude to an outing to a forbidden lake. Gina disappears, and Annie and her friends are unable to find any trace of her. They don't want to leave the lake until they find Gina, and end up in the throes of a heavy storm. Annie's parents and Uncle are called,which results in Annie's father, Uncle Paul, and the police appearing ont he scene.

As the story unfolds the layers of relationship are peeled back - between Annie and Steffi, between Annie and her parents, between the four friends, and between Steffi and her sister. What is real, and what is illusion, seems to be in the eyes of the beholder.

One more thing - what does Gina's disappearance have to do with the death of a young mother at this same lake several years before?

A good read, and a very perceptive look at how we all live our lives.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "REFRESHING, CAPTIVATING, AND THRILLING!" Aug. 29 2011
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on Amazon.com
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A group of friends set out to spend a fun day by a lake, all is well until a storm begins to brew, then Mother Nature becomes violent. Annie and her best friends quickly prepare to escape, but as the winds blew and heavy rain fell from the sky, Annie noticed that her cousin Gina was missing. The police are notified, a search begins, and the anticipation of finding Gina becomes stressful. Anxiety begins to build within the group as each day passes without finding Gina, along with disturbing details, and haunting thoughts. The more evidence obtained for the missing girl, the more upset Annie becomes on the trust that she once had for her friends. The thought of what could have happened to Gina becomes an intense drama as the clock ticks fast. I highly recommend this book to young adults, parents, and teachers. I also recommend it to all those who enjoy psychological thrillers. Kristina Dunker becomes a Master storyteller as the characters come to life in a picture-perfect view of how teens can react in tough situations within a group. The thrilling story becomes emotional, suspenseful, and dramatic, page-after-page. The author describes the different personalities among the circle of friends, and how each teen will react. More important, the learning experience of truth and trust among friends is revealed. Although Annie tried to keep the peace among the group, was she able to trust all of them? What happened to Gina, and do the pieces to the puzzle begin to fit, before time runs out? The author describes the communication among the circle of friends in a perfect setting. The engaging story is insightful and is as entertaining as NOW and THEN.
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