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A swoony contemporary YA romance by fan-favorite author Kasie West about a girl who finds that a summer spent at a family resort isn't as bad as she imagined . . . and that falling in love is filled...
A swoony contemporary YA romance by fan-favorite author Kasie West about a girl who finds that a summer spent at a family resort isn't as bad as she imagined . . . and that falling in love is filled...
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  • A swoony contemporary YA romance by fan-favorite author Kasie West about a girl who finds that a summer spent at a family resort isn't as bad as she imagined . . . and that falling in love is filled with heartache, laughter, and surprises!
    Avery has always used music as an escape. But after her best friend betrays her, even her perfectly curated playlists can't help her forget what happened. To make matters worse, her parents have dragged her and her social-media-obsessed sister to a remote family camp for two months of "fun." Just when Avery is ready to give up on the summer altogether, she meets Brooks—mysterious, frustratingly charming Brooks—who just happens to be on staff—which means he's off-limits.
    What starts as a disaster turns into. . . something else. As the outside world falls away, Avery embarks on a journey of self-discovery. And when Brooks offers her the chance of a lifetime, she must figure out how far is she willing to go to find out what she wants and who she wants to be.
    Fan favorite Kasie West is back with another unforgettable summer romance that reminds us falling in love is full of wonder, heartache, and—most of all—surprises.

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    Chapter 1

    I took a breath and closed my eyes, letting the sun-­drenched glass warm me as I leaned my head against the car window. This was going to be a perfect summer. If I said it enough times, it would come true. After everything that had happened this week, I needed a good summer. The one before my senior year was mine to claim, Dad had said months ago. I was ready to claim it.

    Up front, my parents had turned the radio to barely audible but I could just make out a Taylor Swift song. My AirPods had lost their charge ten minutes ago, rendering the remainder of my perfectly curated road trip playlist—­Stuck in the Backseat with You—­useless. As I felt myself drifting toward sleep, my sister’s voice rang out louder than necessary from beside me.

    “Hey, viewers. Happy summer! We’re on hour four of our car ride and so ready to be done. Say hi to my older sister, Avery!”

    Lauren had her elbows propped on the pillows between us and was holding up her phone, the camera facing me. Behind her phone, she gave a silent plea that said, Give me something, anything, aside from your normal boring face. Since boring was the face I was born with, I held up a peace sign, which apparently was good enough, because she flipped the recording back to her. “This year, the parents are taking us to the middle of the forest. Are you ready to join us?” She pointed the camera out the car window, the tall pine trees zooming by in a hazy blur.

    The middle of the forest wasn’t exactly how I’d describe the four-­star family camp we’d be spending the summer at, but exaggeration is the key to any good social media video. I shook my AirPod case as if that would make them charge faster. I needed some noise-­canceling, head-­clearing music.

    “Did you girls pack your swimsuits?” Mom asked, even though there was nothing we could do about it now, four hours from home, if we hadn’t.

    Lauren dropped her hand. “Mom, I was recording.”

    “Oh, sorry,” Mom whispered.

    “Well, I’m not anymore.”

    “I hear there’s a huge Slip ’N Slide at this camp,” Dad said, as if this was the most exciting thing a seventeen-­ and a fifteen-­year-­old could hear. “Supersized for super kids.” He laughed at his own joke, and I couldn’t help but laugh too.

    Lauren gave me the Really? look, then said, “There’s real water, too, though, right?”

    “Real water?” Mom asked.

    “A lake or something?”

    “Yes, there’s a lake and a pool,” Dad responded as he took a curve too fast, pushing me against the door.

    “I don’t know why we couldn’t just go to the camp we went to a couple years ago,” Lauren complained. “It was closer and the roads weren’t so windy.”

    “Because this year is our epic adventure,” Dad said. “Next summer Avery will be so busy prepping for college she’ll boycott a family vacation.”

    “So true,” I said, and smiled when my mom turned around to make sure she shouldn’t be offended. When she saw my face, she gave my leg a little slap.

    Both my parents had summers off. Mom was a professor at UCLA and Dad taught sixth grade and coached middle-­school basket­ball. So most summers for as long as I could remember, we went on an “adventure.” Sometimes it was a cabin on the lake or a KOA near the beach. And most of the time, it really was an adventure. Sometimes...

About the Author-

  • Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, including The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and Listen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, JLG selections, and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. When she's not writing, she's binge-watching television, devouring books, or bury-ing her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family.
    You can find her online at kasiewest.com.

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  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2021
    The summer before her senior year, 17-year-old Avery unexpectedly finds romance on a family vacation. Avery's family spends their summers away from Los Angeles, enjoying the outdoors; this year it will be two months at a remote resort in the California woods. Her 15-year-old sister, Lauren, an outgoing video blogger, is distraught by the camp's lack of internet access while go-with-the-flow Avery is just hoping for no drama, upset after having found out her best friend kissed her ex-boyfriend. An initial miscommunication makes things tense with handsome camp staff member Brooks--until Avery agrees to help him write songs for a band competition in exchange for his helping her step out of her comfort zone. Of course, staff aren't supposed to fraternize with campers, which leads to much sneaking around, though Avery and her sister attend several staff parties thanks to befriending lifeguard Maricela and drummer Kai. Avery learns to find her voice, both metaphorically--she feels her parents don't take her seriously--and literally, as she must overcome her stage fright when asked to step in for the vocalist in Brooks' band when they compete in the festival. Avery's complicated relationship with her family feels underdeveloped, though the love story with Brooks hits all the right notes. Fans of West will enjoy this watered-down Dirty Dancing tale, with its swoony romance and uncomplicated plot. Most characters are White; Maricela is implied Latinx, and Kai is Polynesian. A sweet, undemanding summer read. (Romance. 12-16)

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    May 7, 2021

    Gr 7 Up-A summer cut off from friends and technology could not have come at a more perfect time for easygoing Avery. After a devastating betrayal by her best friend, a trip to a family camp seems a welcome escape. But a full schedule of activities and family bonding can't stop her growing anxiety about the fate of her closest friendship, and as Avery comes to some uncomfortable realizations about how she's perceived by those she loves, she decides to use this summer to try new things. She gets help from a cute staff musician named Brooks, and a forbidden staff-guest romance blossoms after she agrees to fill in on lead vocals in a battle of the bands competition he's entered. Light, frothy, swoony-all the words for summer romances apply here, and this loose, tamed-down retelling of Dirty Dancing delivers, even for readers who have never seen the source material. Avery's angst over her falling out with her friend from home adds emotional texture without overwhelming the fun, and the development of her relationship with her budding social media influencer sister showcases some real character growth. Avery and Brooks are cued as white. VERDICT Readers who rip through romances in the summer will be happy to have this peeking out of their beach bags.-Beth McIntyre, formerly at Madison P.L., WI

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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