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Summer Storm [Kindle Edition]

Kristina Dunker , Margot Bettauer Dembo
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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 Bettauer Dembo is a German to English translator. She has translated the work of Judith Hermann, Zsuzsa Bank, and Joachim Fest, among others. She was awarded the Goethe-Institut/Berlin Translator's Prize in 1994 and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize in 2003. Dembo also worked as a translator for two feature documentary films, The Restless Conscience, nominated for an Academy Award, and The Burning Wall.

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  • 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)
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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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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.
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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!
4 of 5 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 Short, well-done, realistic YA novel. Sept. 23 2011
By Chris Wolak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Summer Storm, the book, is about a teenage girl, Annie, and what happens the night her cousin, Gina, disappears.

Annie is sixteen and lives in an industrial area near Münster, Germany. Gina and her father have been living in Berlin and are planning to move in with Annie's family. Gina's father works as a journalist and is often out of the country. Gina's mother died when she was young (4, I think) and she's spent a lot of time alone and at boarding schools. Annie's mother and Gina's father are siblings and apparently Annie's mother has offered her home to her brother for years. Father and daughter aren't getting along very well, and so the brother finally accepts his sister's offer.

Gina and her father arrive at Annie's home on a very hot Friday afternoon. When Annie gets home from school, which has been let out early due to the extreme heatwave the area has been experiencing, Gina sets off with Annie and her three friends for the local watering hole. Silver Lake is actually an old quarry where swimming is technically not allowed. The adults seem to have some hesitation about Gina going to the lake, but teenage persistence wins out.

Annie's best-friends are Steffi, Jonas, and Roger. They liken themselves to a four leaf clover and have been friends since they were toddlers. Gina doesn't seem to fit-in all that well. She's an attractive girl, but on the quiet side. They arrive at the lake and if you're imagining a picturesque mountain lake in Bavaria with cows grazing on the hillside, forget about it. Silver Lake is treeless, strewn with garbage, and filled with Peeping Toms who hang out with girlie magazines and binoculars, lusting after the young.

There's a thunderstorm brewing that adds an even larger environmental threat, and the tension between the teens gets heavier as they talk about the dangers of Silver Lake and how a woman once drowned there. Gina asks questions about the drowning and does not go swimming. Eventually the group relaxes into the afternoon. The boys go their separate ways to collect firewood, Steffi reads her book, and Annie lies in the sun listening to a CD. Gina says she needs to go off into the bushes and no one notices that she doesn't return until about 45 minutes later when the storm that's been building in the background arrives earlier than anticipated. The group can't find Gina. Parents are called, then the police. As the afternoon turns into evening, the strings of friendship binding the four leaf clover are strained to the point of breaking. Teenagers and parents look suspiciously at one another and eventually the majority turn their collective finger to point at one of their own.

Secrets between the friends and within Annie's family leak out under the pressure of Gina's disappearance and everyone is left changed by the crisis. Some, it is implied, are changed for the better. Annie obviously gains self-esteem and a greater sense of self throughout the ordeal.

To avoid any spoilers, let me just say that Dunker uses a prologue to set up the reader in an interesting way. When I got to the epilogue I found myself flipping back to the prologue to check out some things. In one you have a girl using unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with her pain and in the other you see a girl considering healthier coping mechanisms to deal with her feelings. In between is the story of teens making their way through the often painful transition from childhood to adulthood. The major issues explored include sex, abusive behavior, trust, loyalty, communication, and the pitfalls of making assumptions.

Overall, I enjoyed Summer Storm and if I owned a bookstore I'd stock it. I sometimes have a hard time getting into young adult novels because they can be so 'anxsty,' particularly around issues of sexuality and gender roles. But that's the nature of being a teen. It took me about 20 pages to relax into this book, but after that I was sucked in. If there's a teen in your life who wants a "realistic" novel, this one might appeal to her or him. At only 139 pages long, there's not a lot of character development, but the shortness might be appealing to a teen who wants to read something, but doesn't want to commit to a huge tome. There's also no gratuitous sex or violence, although one girl does tell her friend about kind of almost doing it one time with a boy she loves.

The translation seemed pretty smooth. There was one odd moment when hair gel is referred to as "setting lotion," and I don't think most American teens use the word disco anymore, but other than that the writing moved along without any awkwardness.
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
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
"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.
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