Title: A Season of Fireflies
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Date of Publication: June 28th, 2016
A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee.
As a record number of fireflies light up her town and her life, Penny realizes she may be able to make things right again—and that even if she can’t change the past, she can learn to see the magic where she never could before.
So I was hoping for something light and fluffy and while this did have some of that, it also felt bland at times. I had “The Vow” movie vibes from the book with the whole memory loss and the mc being able to remember nothing after a certain year. It seemed super coincidental.
I thought Wes was really cute and sweet, and the beginning of the book made perfect sense with their fight with Penny acting like a dramatic teen. Even though Penny should have just told Wes the problem with her mom to begin with! But my biggest issue was that once she lost her memory, there weren’t many scenes between Penny and Wes to truly build that bond back up and recover the lapse in time. It felt very odd actually.
However this is a super quick and easy read with very cute moments, especially the star scene in the beginning.
What’s your favorite contemporary book?