Just 18 Summers is a story with a lesson.
Some parts are truly moving, and the characters really grow and change.
Some moments are very cute, and I had a big grin on my face while reading them.
This book is based off the script of a movie that is in the works now. I think it will make a very gentle comedy, and take well to the screen.
The dialogue and action, the kids escapades and the parental neuroses, will make this a movie that I think a whole family could enjoy.
It doesn't take itself too seriously, even when pointing out obvious wisdom.
The characters first appear to be caricatures: the pizza boy who wants to marry your daughter, the over-controlled neighbor kids who can't climb trees, the father who is obsessed about money and the teen who doesn't fit in, and backstory is introduced slowly to show you fuller personalities.
The wisdom in this book is expressed in this quote: Everything changes. And parenting is the hardest work you'll ever do. You don't know it yet, but you'll love in a way you didn't know you were capable of.
That is sho'nuff the truth.
Thank you Tyndale House and Bookfun.org for my review copy.