You know that feeling when there’s something you want to say about a book, but can’t because spoilers!? Consider this as the placeholder. Sometime in Summer is about more than a summer, it’s about friendship and family. And it has something I absolutely loved, but cannot mention!!! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Anna Lucia Bell believes in luck: bad luck. Bad luck made her best friend stop talking to her. Bad luck caused her parents’ divorce. Bad luck is forcing her mother, Miriam, to sell the family’s beloved bookstore. And it is definitely bad luck that Anna seems to be the only person in the world Miriam is unable to recommend a life-changing book.
When Anna finds out that she and her mom are spending two months in a New England seaside town called Rockport, she expects a summer plagued with bad luck too. But Rockport has surprises in store for Anna, including a comet making its first appearance in over twenty years and two new—but familiar—friends.
In what will prove to be the most important summer of her life so far, Anna learns about love, herself, and the magic that an ordinary summer can bring.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Throughout Sometime in Summer, Leno explores this idea of luck and fate. Of destiny that puts us right where we need to be and the concept of making our own luck. There’s this tenuous balance between our agency and then just plain old fate. I love that Sometime in Summer is perfect for fans of younger YA which handles friendship drama and family schisms. It is going to be just the perfect book for teens who want to read up and discover a book that is about when to save and when to let go.
With a strong mother daughter relationship at its core – and tons of bookworms – Sometime in Summer is a book that sneaks up on you. At about halfway point, when some pretty interesting things begin to slot in place, I realized I was entirely obsessed. When you get there, you’ll know what I mean, but there are tons of surprises in store. For those who want to find a YA book that will build in intensity, then pick up Sometime in Summer.
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It’s a story about stubbornness. Of how people deserve second chances and how we should never take them for granted. And ultimately, it’s a story about how just because something might end, that doesn’t make it not worth trying. Not worth appreciating, fighting for, and loving. Find Sometime in Summer on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.