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Three Day Summer
by Sarvenaz Tash
May 19, 2105
Simon & Schuster BFYR
Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.
Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.
When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...
Praise for Three Day Summer
Michael, the guy who has no idea what he wants to do with his life. Cora, the good girl who knows her future includes college and working in medicine. These very different teens are brought together by the epic music festival, Woodstock. Cora, who lives in the town hosting the festival, is a volunteer at the med. tent, while Michael, with his girlfriend (who he may or may not want to dump) and friends, is there to witness all the musical greats he loves. Thanks to some trippy brown acid, Cora and Michael’s lives and futures collide during three unforgettable days.
The wild 60’s + epic music + sweet romance = one super groovy reading experience. Sarvenaz Tash’s Three Day Summer is such a fun, feel-good YA book. Drugs, rock and roll, sex, music, peace, and love...this is what Woodstock is famous for and Tash brings it to life in all its psychedelic, tie-dye glory! From the physical layout of the festival and town to the awesome musical acts, memorable moments, the volatile atmosphere surrounding the war, clothing, and dialogue, Tash does such a great job of transporting readers to 1969 and capturing this complex, fascinating time in history. You can tell that the author clearly did her research and did everything possible to make this setting and time feel authentic and real.
While the festival itself is so fun to read about, it is Michael and Cora’s stories that take center stage. I really like these two, both as individuals and as a pair. They’re both witty, charming, and interesting in their own ways. And I thoroughly enjoyed watching their sweet, addicting love story unfold. This is a romance that readers will root and fall for.
my final thoughts: With its vivid setting, excellent world-building, likable characters, and fun romance, Three Day Summer easily charmed me. This is the perfect read for anyone crazy about Woodstock or simply in the mood for a light, entertaining read.
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So You Wanna Live in the ‘60s…A ‘Three Day Summer’ Bonus Post
By Sarvenaz Tash
If you liked Three Day Summer and want to learn more about the 1960s, here are some of my recommendations for things to watch, read, and do! (I used a lot of these as reference material for the book).
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
The site of the original festival is now a gorgeous and very fun interactive museum that features a lot of footage, music and even a psychedelic VW van to sit in. I visited this museum several times in preparation for the book. It was research that I did not mind one bit!
Woodstock Revisited, by Susan Reynolds
This book features first-person accounts from a slew of people who were actually at the festival—from the hilarious to the profound, it’s a great non-fiction snapshot of what it actually felt like to be there.
Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World, by Mike Evans and Paul Kingsbury
I admit I mostly used this book for its gorgeous full-page photos that helped give me a real sense of the fashion and looks of the festival, but it also has a lot of nice details about each day and each artist.
Linda McCartney’s Sixties
This beautiful book features the late, great photographer’s portraits of some of the biggest rock stars of the 1960s. It really helped me to visualize the looks and styles of the artists up on stage.
Taking Woodstock: This superbly fun Ang Lee film is about how the festival organizers came to descend upon the small farm town of Bethel, New York for the biggest music festival the world has ever seen. It stars Demetri Martin, Jonathan Groff and—my favorite bit of casting—Eugene Levy as Max Yasgur.
Woodstock: This famous documentary, released in 1970, was actually filmed at the festival and is responsible for a lot of the archival footage that exists today. Bonus fun fact: Martin Scorsese was an assistant director and editor on this film (and attended the festival as such!). Also, Joni Mitchell wrote a well-known song called “Woodstock” that appeared on this film’s soundtrack even though she did not actually perform at the festival.
There are a few compilation albums that feature some of the festival’s best highlights as well as complete setlist albums for some of the biggest acts at Woodstock including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane. You can also find a decent amount of the performances on YouTube and Spotify. One of my very favorite performances? Joe Cocker’s take on “With a Little Help From My Friends” which helped to launch his career and which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=bRzKUVjHkGk
Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, NY
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