If you are in need of a summertime can't-put-it-down book, have I got a suggestion for you: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. It's long (416 pages) but flies by, in part because the chapters are very short and always seem to end with some sort of cliff-hanger—it becomes all too easy to keep saying, "OK, one more chapter...!"
The main character, Mabel Dagmar (one of my only complaints about the book was the ridiculous names!), is a shy, overweight, working-class college freshman who finds herself roommates with the beautiful, wealthy, glamorous Genevra Winslow. Mabel is shocked when Ev befriends her and even invites her to spend the summer at her family's Vermont "camp" (read: sprawling multi-cottage compound). Ev is temperamental and has a nasty streak, but Mabel is positively starstruck.
But, just as beautiful and peaceful as the summer promises to be, darkness and mystery abound. The Winslow family has apparently been keeping secrets for many decades, and Mabel is determined to get to the bottom of it all. I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that there are two main secrets, and I felt that one of them was not developed nearly enough to have warranted such a build-up. But, never mind, this is a real page-turner, and a pretty well-written one at that. Throw this book in your beach bag and get ready for a fun read.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.