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Loving Summerby Kailin Gow
Publication Date: May 28, 2012
Publisher: The EDGE Books
Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt's beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans - her best friend Rachel and Rachel's brothers Nathaniel, and Drew. Here at Aunt Sookie's beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel's friend. For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did...and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.
Two words to describe Kailin Gow's deeper foray into contemporary realistic fiction: absolutely ingenious. Loving Summer drew me in with the promise of complicated love and delivered much more than expected.
I immediately felt the love and excitement Summer Jones and her childhood friends, the Donovan siblings, have for the Malibu beach house and Aunt Sookie. Summer's Aunt Sookie is like a beacon in foggy weather when the teens are in need of comfort and escape. Aunt Sookie isn't in many scenes, but I feel like she really helps move the story along. The way Summer, Rachel, Drew, and Nat look up to her made me realize how young adult novels don't always have to focus solely on teen-to-teen relationships.
I loved all the introduced characters, but Summer and Drew really shined. Summer is the kind of girl to create dreams and hold on to them until they come to fruition. I loved her bravery and determination throughout the story. Drew stands out because his change during the story is so profound. His attitude improved and I have a feeling he's really going to shake up the story line in the future.
Loving Summer touched on issues like divorce, illness, and self-respect. Gow was able to guide her characters through tough situations without making it too heavy for the first book in the Loving Summer Series. It's very possible that you'll be reduced to tears while reading the passion in the characters' words, actions, and motivations. There isn't anything cookie-cutter or simple about Loving Summer and its sequel, Perfect Summer, has big shoes to fill.
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*Included in Loving Summer's Kindle Version, is a full-length Loving Summer Healthy Summer Recipes Cookbook written by Kailin Gow, which will also be a book that will release and be sold separately, and valued at $12.99
*Also, for anyone who purchases a copy of Loving Summer from Amazon.com, they get a chance to win a Gently Used Coach Bag that is SIGNED by Kailin, as well, valued at $500. More information HERE!
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