Bullying has become a hot topic these days and Chamberlin does a good job of delving into the mind of the victim. It’s encouraging to see the main character gain perspective and courage as she faces her demons. Last Summer is a decent story, but perhaps lacking in dramatic tension, which feels at odds with its subject matter.

Fourteen-year-old Rosemary is being bullied at school. Her so- called best friend Meg reveals a secret to the school bullies that leads Rosemary to self-mutilation. The incident also prompts a rift between Jane and Frannie, the mothers of the best friends. After months of therapy and reigniting her friendship with Meg, Rosemary reassesses her life and her future and finds the courage to heal others. (KENSINGTON, Jul., 352 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
B. Nakia Garner