Friday, April 5, 2013

Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Fifteenth SummerAuthor: Michelle Dalton
Publication: May 7, 2013
By: Simon Pulse
4 Stars!

Love this cover!

Chelsea isn’t looking forward to her summer at the lake. It’s the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can’t break out of her funk. But her summer takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who works in the bookstore. Josh is cute, sweet, funny…and best of all, seems to like her as much as she likes him. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can’t believe how lucky she is. No one has ever made her feel so special, or so beautiful.

But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. She’ll be heading home at the end of the summer—and he’ll be staying behind. Will this be Chelsea’s summer of love? Or will it be the summer of her broken heart?

 
Thank you Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for this ARC.

Cute, funny and sweetly romantic, Fifteenth Summer is perfect for readers of all ages!  Chelsea has mixed feelings about spending her summer at her family's cottage because it will be the first time she does so without Granly, her beloved grandmother who not only shared Chelsea's love of books but her fiery red hair too.  Her two older sisters are focused on finding and rekindling their romances from the summer before but much to everyone's surprise, Chelsea is the one who finds love, in the cute bookstore-boy, Josh.  

Her days begin to fly by in a whirl of row boats, books, kissing and mayonnaise, and before her summer comes to an end, Chelsea will learn what it means to be unique, to follow your dreams and just how perilous first love can be.  

What I loved:  The character's witty banter is funny without being cheesy or over the top and it's a clean read but still has plenty of romance and swoonworthy kissing. I really enjoyed the family dynamic and the bond Chelsea shares with her sisters made me wish I had sisters of my own. Josh and Chelsea felt like mature fifteen year olds but that was OK because I think their life experiences dictated that they weren't your average teenagers. I thought their relationship was sweet and the way they had to work through a few things made them relateable. I LOVED that Josh worked in a bookstore! Score one for the nerdish boys!

What left me wanting:  I wanted more of Josh and Chelsea! Did they keep in touch? Did they rekindle their romance the following summer?  I need to know these things... *hint hint* Michelle Dalton. :D

Final Verdict:  This was a quick, lighthearted read but really enjoyable! I would feel comfortable giving this to any of the young (and not so young) readers I know.

4 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, this sounds so perfect! Lovely review, thanks for sharing this book with us.

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

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  2. Thanks for taking a the time to comment Ellie! :)

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  3. That cover is like adorbs!! It sounds great! Gret review Jen!

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