★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!
To be completely truthful, this is probably not a book that I would have picked up by myself. However, Tiffany McDaniel reached out to me and asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing it, and I took a chance on it. I’m really glad I did.
The Summer that Melted Everything is a story about the devil coming to Breathed, Ohio, in 1984. Fielding Bliss, the main character, befriends the devil, as he does not look like what you would expect — he’s a shy thirteen-year-old black boy in tattered overalls.
This book felt a lot like To Kill a Mockingbird. There’s a lawyer father. A young kid who loses his innocence. A person in the town that the community thinks is evil (though he may or may not be — it’s hard to tell). Even though it’s in Ohio, which at least I don’t really consider southern, it feels that way. Except throw in lots of crazy situations, a few deaths, and people really just losing their minds in the heat.
This book really resonated with me as I read it when the heat index was over 110 degrees where I live — whew. I think this was a really interesting book, because while I enjoyed it and I couldn’t put it down, I also think some of it went over my head. Many of the characters were very philosophical, but it was very intriguing.
Overall, if this sounds like something you may like, I say definitely give it a shot. I typically don’t read this type of book, but I really enjoyed this one and found myself not wanting to put it down. There are some pretty sweet twists just casually thrown in, which was mind-blowing.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.