For Kate Sommers, there’s nothing that compares to summer at her family’s beach house on Cape Cod: the ocean breezes, the clam bakes, the boys. She and her three sisters seemed to have all their “firsts” over those long months—first job, first party, first crush. Kate’s first crush is her only crush—Ryan Landry, the boy next door, and her older sister Eliza’s on-again, off-again summer fling.
But it’s been three years since Kate and her sisters have spent a summer in Cape Cod. When their mom died, no one could imagine going back without her. Now eighteen, the whole Sommers family is headed to the Cape for Eliza’s wedding and Kate must find the strength to be there for her family.
When Kate spots Ryan, she realizes how much has changed since he last set eyes on her. She isn’t the gawky fifteen-year-old that she once was, and this could be the summer that Ryan finally takes notice. Eliza says she’s moved on, but Kate knows better than anyone that Ryan Landry isn’t the kind of guy you give up without a fight…
This was a great summer read! The perfect beach book and a good YA novel. Kate is a great sister and daughter. She works hard and has always been a fan of her family's summers at the beach on the Cape. They had the perfect summer vacations and became part of the town rather than just visitors. When tragedy strikes and her mother dies, the entire family does their best to hold it together, but their father, with four girls to raise, finds it difficult to continue doing the same things they did when their mom was still alive.
Time passes and the oldest daughter, Eliza, is going to be getting married. She chooses to have her wedding at their home on the Cape in an attempt to pull her family back together. For Kate though, it means she can see her long time crush, Ryan. He's a local boy who has had her eye since he used to date her older sister. Now she has nothing standing in her way except her own childish fears. She struggles with letting others know she and Ryan have begun a relationship and that hesitation could mean it is over before it really begins.
The family dynamics are interesting to observe and Palmer created a world that, as a reader, I felt like I was there. I felt like I was right there with Kate on the beach and riding bikes with her as she stalked Ryan's ex. There are some moments that are poignant and pull at the heartstrings as each person in their family comes to terms with how much things have changed and how much they need each other. I absolutely loved this book.
Author's Page: http://ivamariepalmer.com/2014/07/31/get-the-summers-free-through-august-2/
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