A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

*spoiler alert* (if you googled the book it would be obvious but I should probably warn you anyways)


My first book of the summer was A Summer to DieĀ by Lois Lowry: short, yet enriching. The first thing I noticed when reading it was the style in which she wrote the book. Every line seemed to be carefully thought out, as if she was writing prose instead of a novel. There was a lot of imagery and metaphors that seemed to intertwine with her story line and continue throughout, such as the first chapter which portrays the divide between two of the main characters, Molly and Meg. The first page metaphorically describes the relationship between the two sisters, while using imagery and intertwining both devices into the plot line. Now, on a less technical note, I related to this book. It shows the struggles of having siblings close in age. I do happen to have a sister of my own who is two years younger, the same age gap between Molly and her younger sister, Meg. I found myself relating to qualities in both girls. I am the older sister, so you could equate me to Molly. But really, I appreciate Meg’s outlook on life and her goals more so than her older sister’s. She is contemplative, artistic, and analyzes life in a romantic and melancholic way that I find to be honest and enriching. Anyways, Lowry seems to contrast the girls pretty well without making either girl too much of an extreme. She also does a good job of showing what actual sibling rivalry is for young girls: each wanting the strengths of the other. Further on in the book I find it interesting how Lowry subtlety shows everyone knowing about the state of Molly’s health before Meg. It’s as if Lowry purposefully builds up Meg’s world with false walls that know when it’s time to come crashing down. There are only a few chapters after Molly’s death that explain how Meg deals with the crumbling of her world, but I think it’s fitting. It’s unlikely for a young girl to hold the same amount of anger as a more mature mind would. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, however I do believe that with growth of the mind comes a deeper understanding of death and a person ceasing to exist. I don’t want to end my review of this book on a sad note though, I think everyone should read this book and understand the importance of siblings.