The Great Godden

Author(s): Meg Rosoff

Young Adult

Everyone talks about falling in love like it’s the most miraculous, life-changing thing in the world. Something happens, they say, and you know …

That’s what happened when I met Kit Godden.

I looked into his eyes and I knew.

Only everyone else knew too. Everyone else felt exactly the same way.

This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer – the summer when everything changes. In a holiday house by the sea, our watchful narrator sees everything, including many things they shouldn’t, as their brother and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding. Enter two brothers – irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there’s a serpent in this paradise – and the consequences will be devastating.

From Meg Rosoff, bestselling author of the iconic novel How I Live Now, comes a lyrical and quintessential coming-of-age tale – a summer book that’s as heady, timeless and irresistible as Bonjour Tristesse and The Greengage Summer.

Review by Fantine;

''The actors assembled, the summer begins.' A summer which finds our narrator; an unnamed, ungendered,  eldest of four thrown headfirst into lust, lies and lunacy.

A summer that clearly marks a beginning as much as an end. One family’s annual beach house traditions are disrupted by the arrival of the Godden brothers, Kit, the golden boy thrives in the spotlight and his brother Hugo exists in his shadow. Each of our protagonist's family members is affected by the Godden boys in a unique and lasting way, as familial bonds are tested and truths revealed some relationships may not last the summer.

Though contemporary it had a wistful, timeless quality characteristic of a literary classic. This was a stunning coming of age novella that had me so captivated I read in one sitting. Highly recommend to readers of any age.'

Fantine, Bookseller at Collins Moonee Ponds



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General Fields

  • : 9781526620538
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury YA
  • : 0.244033
  • : July 2020
  • : ---length:- '7.795'width:- '5.079'units:- Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Meg Rosoff
  • : Paperback
  • : Aug-20
  • : English
  • : 256