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Published by Kids Can Press on May 1st 2018
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Source: From Publisher
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Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?
But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.
Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.
Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.
As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.
But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?
SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love --- and leave --- one's childhood home.
I love a good summer read. Especially young adult summer reads. There is just something so magical about those months when you are a teenager when there is no school and you have time to be with your friends, discover more about yourself, and perhaps spark a little romance, am I right? Summer Constellations is a cute romance read that is perfect to pick up this summer!
Julia’s family owns a campground property, one they all work very hard on together to keep running. But her little brother, Caleb, has just recovered from a serious illness and the medical bills are piling up. When her mother considers selling the property, Julia has a hard time with the thought of losing the home and livelihood she loves. If that wasn’t enough, her summer romance plans with Dan were crushed when he surprises her with a new girlfriend he failed to mention. Things are looking down this summer, until she meets Nick.
What I loved most about Julia was her dedication to her home and the campground that has been passed down in her family. She had no problems putting in some serious work to keep it all running. This was her legacy from a grandfather she adored and she was crushed to think her family may lose it. And the way the author described the land and its amenities made me wish I could go camping there myself. I loved the dynamic between her and her little brother. He’s still coming around from his illness and it was so obvious how much this family truly loved and cared for each other.
Nick is quite the interesting love interest. On the surface he doesn’t seem like someone to get entangled with as he is part of the developers looking to purchase the property. But he is actually extremely sweet and right from the get go wants what is best for Julia and her family, even if that means trying to help them keep their own land. Realistic? Probably not. He did have a ‘too good to be true’ vibe. But I loved how wonderful he treated Julia and her little brother – teaching guitar, cleaning up cabins, star-gazing and setting up events to raise money.
What brought this novel slightly down for me was how quickly the romance started. Julia has been envisioning her summer with Dan for months and completely gets her heart broken and then Nick enters the picture moments later. I’m totally okay with a good rebound relationship but in this case I wish there was more of a romantic build-up instead of the insta-love feel. I think it would have allowed me to connect with the characters, romance, and overall story so much more.
Overall, Summer Constellations was a sweet and easy summer read worth checking out.