Summer in the Elevator
by Abigail Blakely
What is it about:
Summer Fridley is comfortable. She has a steady job, a bearable apartment, and a longtime boyfriend. Her only plan for the hot months ahead is to stay afloat and continue the course. She’ll also avoid her mother as much as possible. She doesn’t believe in ghosts or magic. Every moment is known, every hour is predictable, every day is the same.
Until June 11th, 2018.
Her cell phone chimes with a text message from an unknown number. A simple message from someone named Isaac Fishburne. Summer doesn't know that he died in the elevator and has remained there ever since. For years, Isaac watched the tenants of the apartment building. Something about Summer intrigues him. For the first time, he reaches out to someone living.
It may be a summer that changes them both... forever.
What did I think of it:
This is a beautiful story.
It's almost entirely set in an elevator and is more about mood, feelings and communication than that there's lots of action.
The chapters are set up as elevator rides in which Summer interacts with Isaac or others, or thinks about things that happen in her life. Discovering that Isaac is part of the elevator makes her connect with him and makes her think about her choices in life.
I loved getting to know Summer through these elevator glimpses, and rooted for her to figure out what she wants from life and if it's possible to reach her goals. I also loved reading how she and Isaac connect and are a comfort to each other.
All in all this is beautiful and haunting story, and I will definitely read more by Blakely.
Why should you read it:
It;s a beautiful, atmospheric story about friendship, love, and finding your place in the world.
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