FICTION

The Summer List

Graydon House: Harlequin. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781525804250. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488032868. F
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It's the summer before her freshman year of high school, and Laura is excited for the time off but dreading the year ahead. Adding to the problem is her adoptive mother, who is not the loving and open mom she longs for. When a new family moves in across the lake from her home, Laura meets Casey, who will be in her class in the fall. Casey excels where Laura is lackings-hes' outgoing and fearless with a mother who is like a sister to her. Their relationship grows as the years go by until the summer after they graduate high school, when tragedy strikes Lauras' life and she abruptly cuts ties with Casey. Seventeen years later, the two are brought back together when Casey's mom, Alex, tricks them into meeting. As they start spending time together they begin to unravel the mystery of the misunderstanding that drove them apart and the circumstances that brought them together.
VERDICT With a vivid sense of place and characters as real as your high school besties, this debut novel is sure to please fans of Kristin Hannah and Elin Hilderbrand. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

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