Monday, July 21, 2014

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
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Do you ever start a book and know that it’s a you kind of book? It has all the things you’re in to or look for in a story conveniently packed in to a single book. Well, The Vanishing Season is a very Emily book. It had a fixer upper house, rich/poor dichotomy, ghosts, a body of water, and heartbreak. The only thing that could have made it more Emily would be if it had had obnoxiously beautiful cars.

The Vanishing Season begins when Maggie moves to a Lake House in Door County after her mother loses her high powered Chicago Banker job. As the synopsis hints there is a murderer on the loose in Door County, although, that is a very small part of the story. The Vanishing Season really deals with the subtle nuances between people, and friendship.

Almost immediately after moving to town Maggie meets Pauline who is the heiress to a tea fortune. Pauline is gorgeous, rich, and because of this doors open for her. Despite this Pauline is still a real person who always lives in the moment. Maggie also befriends Liam who has been crushing on Pauline since forever. A love triangle does develop between the three of them and it was one of those love triangles that is done right. It broke my heart.

Throughout the novel there are sections written from the perspective of a ghost who lives in Maggie’s House and around Door County. I liked these sections because they revealed a little more of the mystery surrounding the girls disappearances and reflected on how the deceased become a part of history. These sections were very well written and reminded me why I love Anderson’s prose. It is always so pretty.

Then came the ending, I should have seen it coming but I guess I lied to myself because when it happened I couldn’t stop a few tears from falling. Anderson knows the exact buttons to press to both wound and mend my heart and she definitely did one a little more than the other in The Vanishing Season.

Overall, this was a very well written, character driven novel. Jodi Lynn Anderson is a fabulous writer and I will definitely be reading whatever she writes next!

Read The Vanishing Season while listening to
You are the Moon by The Hush Sound - This song perfectly captures the melancholy feeling this story has. The piano reminds me of the winter in Door County and snow falling. 

Wondering by Jaymes Young - Maggie is a very introspective character and she does a lot of thinking about the bigger questions in life. This song reminded me a lot of her character. 


  1. I absolutely loved this one as well Emily! :D Jodi Lynn Anderson has such a poetic prose, doesn't she? <3 Even if it wasn't on the same level as Tiger Lily was (for me at least), I still really enjoyed this one! I agree - the characters were really well-done in this one, and that really helped the story. AND OMG! THAT ENDING! *sobs* We can always count on Jodi for sad endings like that, right?

    Thanks for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  2. Yay so happy for your review! I'm really nervous about starting this one because I loved Tiger Lily and I want to love this one too, but I've read a lot of negative reviews. Yours was mainly positive which inspires more hope :) Great Review!

    Nemo @ Blame it on the Book

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