I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lake Effecr by Erin McCahan
on July 11, 2017
Also by this author: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, Love and Other Foreign Words
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: ARC, Hardcover
lake effect | n.
The effect of any lake, especially the Great Lakes, in modifying the weather in nearby areas
It’s the summer after his senior year, and driven, focused Briggs Henry is ready to leave behind his ex-girlfriend, his comically aggressive grandmother, and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches. He’s lined up a summer job working as a personal assistant and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the water—exactly the kind of house Briggs plans to buy his parents once he’s a multi-millionaire. But when he arrives, his boss, the eccentric Mrs. Bosic, tells him to get dressed for her funeral. Uh . . . It’s the first of many funerals they’ll attend this summer—to hilarious and eye-opening effect. Add to this a new set of friends-cum-enemies-cum-friends-again, and Abigail, the mysterious girl next door on whom Briggs’s charms repeatedly fail, and “the lake effect” is beginning to take on a whole new meaning.
I’ve read and absolutely loved Erin McCahan’s first two books. That ensured that The Lake Effect was at the very top of my most anticipated list this year. This book was surprisingly quirky and unique. It was a perfect summer read!
The Lake Effect is about Briggs Henry, who seemingly has the perfect life. He’s gotten so used to living a perfect life that he’s started to believe it. He’s an excellent student, a good athlete, and a perfect son and grandson. As his ex-girlfriend’s mom called him, he’s a real catch. He’s a little arrogant, but there’s something about him that makes you like him, despite his narrow outlook. He’s ready to do everything it takes to get rich. He works hard, so that wasn’t annoying, but it was nice to see him realize that being rich and having the perfect facade wasn’t everything.
The characters were all very well done. I adored Mrs. Bosic. She was my favorite part of the story. She was hilarious and just so fascinating. I liked Abigail a lot too. She was dealing with an issue I’ve never read about in YA…or any book. I loved seeing the representation of that and I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate to her.
It was wonderful seeing Briggs grow. I wish that it would’ve started happening a bit faster, but it did happen and that’s all that matters. This was really unique a fun summer read with heart. This wasn’t my favorite book by Erin McCahan, but she never disappoints. I’ll continue to devour everything she writes!