Sue’s Watson new book, “Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer” is an ultimate antidote to any type of sadness. The characters are all fun and enjoyable in their very own way. From the very first page the reader can see how modern the book is, simply considering the name of the first chapter, “Facebook and Funerals at Forty Four”. In general, the book is intriguing, funny, complex and every character is so much more than at first sight (just like in real life).
I love love stories with humour, and this book surely came up tops. The sarcasm and dark humour is very frequent in the first couple of chapters, as we discover the main character, Ella and obviously, her family.
Ella, a 44 years old mum of two (actually three, since she “babysits” even her own mother), hoped that after growing up her own two teenagers, will finally get time to arrange her own love life after the painful divorce more than a decade ago, but instead she’s babysitting her own mother and has a new hobby, which apparently consists in going to funerals of her mother’s friends and family.
Roberta, Ella’s mum is a very funny character herself, she tries to embrace the internet, but it always fails, her grandchildren are making fun of this process, and she doesn’t even mind to confuse “texting” with “sexting” (and creates a very awkward situation in the ladies’ society), she loves to make fun of her daughter in a cute way. Roberta’s hobbies are various, but the most attractive one consists in criticising the funerals of her friends and not-so-friends, starting from the decor, ending with the food. She’s the main source of the dark humour in the novel and she has the charm to make you think way more philosophical about the death.
The life of this odd and funny family, gets a strange turnaround when regarding Roberta’s sister. Ella’s Ice Cream Summer is the perfect read for our summer days ahead. Just make sure when you read this there’s a bowl of yummy ice cream nearby. Sue Watson has done it again and has given us a gorgeous sweet summer read about another family you just don’t want to leave behind. Looking forward to book two.