Dandelion Wine

Final Summary:

Total Hours to Read: 3 ½

--Average pages per minute: 1.12

Sex/Romance: No sex. There is some mention of potential romance, but nothing goes very far.

Language: I didn't catch any.

Violence: There are some descriptions of women murdered by strangulation. That is really the farthest extent of violence in the book. Beyond that there isn't much else.

Thoughts: I first read this when I was helping out with a high school AP English course and loved it. I read it this time and loved it even more. I think the best way to describe it is as The ultimate romanticization of Summer. It makes me want to make my own dandelion wine so desparately every time. It is the story of one boy's "vintage" Summer of 1928, and yet at the same time it is the story of a whole cast of characters and each individual arc of their stories across the season. And in the end they all seem to weave back in to the story of our protagonist, Douglas. It can be a bit weird, but it is always fascinating and seems to shimmer with the hope-soaked heat of Summer every time I read it.

My favorite descriptive line was, "The sun did not rise, it overflowed." It really seems to somehow capture the feel of the whole book in one simple, beautiful sentence.

Also, I just found out (when double-checking the year of the setting for this book) that this book is companion to two others, so if you will excuse me I need to make a library run...

In the end: 5 out of 5 stars. New Life Goal: Live (or at the very least have a long visit) somewhere romantic with a functioning trolley.

Check out the full cover art for the book below. On the book, it is wrapped around from the front, over the spine, and around the back where a lot of it is covered by text. I was really happy to find the original art without text obscuring a lot of it.