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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Saudade Summer by Donald D. Senese is a memoir of the author’s life as he reminisces about his past and how it shaped his present. For some people, one event or incident is enough to change them forever. It is his coming-of-age story where Donny got to experience the most eventful summer of his life. The summer of 1968 taught him many life lessons in friendships, in love, in what is worth fighting for, and what should be released. From funny little anecdotes, time spent with family, and finding that special person that makes your heart sing, this memoir is filled with nostalgic incidents and moments that transport the reader back in time.
Filled with memories (both good and bad), the narrative is a simple tale of how a single summer changed the life of Donald D. Senese. The narrative style was comforting and conversational. Reading Saudade Summer felt like sitting down with an old friend and remembering past events that we loved but somehow forgot. The pace was just right, not too slow or too fast, but a perfect mix that allowed the reader to become immersed in the series and forget everything else. I loved how the author highlighted emotions over events. While the events in his past did play an important role, it was the emotions that brought out strong feelings in me. I could feel Donny’s passion, his happiness, his sadness, and of course, the surge of first love that he felt. I would highly recommend it to everyone who wants a blast from the past without tears. I loved every single moment!