Two sisters are summoned to their aunt's Greenwich Village flat, where they must start dressing like young ladies, cultivate their artistic sensibilities, and open themselves up to Life with a capital L.
When Franny and her older sister Valentine are summoned by their Aunt Theodora from foggy San Francisco to sunny New York City for one summer, they are taken to old-world locales like Bemelmans Bar, the Plaza, and the Sherry Netherland by their chaperone, Clover, Aunt Theodora’s protégé. As they discover New York City going lingerie shopping and learning about the simple elegance of a cucumber sandwich, they also begin to unearth secrets and answers about Aunt Theo's glamorous and romantic past, and they have a few romantic adventures of their own.
The "Summer Invitation" was a riveting and also uplifting story. It had many sense-oriented details and the author explained everything in a great reader-friendly way.
The plot line was about two girls, fourteen and seventeen, going away to New York to visit their very eccentric aunt, Theodora. There they discover themselves and the world around them. This story has many surprising plot twists and a surprise ending. I would probably say give this to your middle-schoolers. It has bad drinking,sexual, and tobacco references.
On my "Amazingly Fabulous Book Scale", I would give this book a 7 for a good plot line, a riveting story, and many amazing settings, characters, and backgrounds.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Hannah