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You have to step off the trail to find your path.... When her mother unceremoniously dumps her at Camp Mapplewood for the summer, Emma Lane’s hopes of repairing their fractured relationship are gone with the wind. Now she’s stuck in the wilderness facing her worst fears. Trees? Terrifying. Spiders? Even worse. And don’t even get Emma started on how she feels about camp acti You have to step off the trail to find your path.... When her mother unceremoniously dumps her at Camp Mapplewood for the summer, Emma Lane’s hopes of repairing their fractured relationship are gone with the wind. Now she’s stuck in the wilderness facing her worst fears. Trees? Terrifying. Spiders? Even worse. And don’t even get Emma started on how she feels about camp activities. But Emma’s got a plan, and she will do anything in her power to get kicked out of camp, from sleeping in to playing practical jokes on her fellow campers. Yet when Emma draws the attention of her illusive and attractive camp counselor Vivian Black, she has to come to terms with the fact that how her summer starts isn’t necessarily how it might end. Will Vivian be the key to unlocking Emma’s fears once and for all?


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You have to step off the trail to find your path.... When her mother unceremoniously dumps her at Camp Mapplewood for the summer, Emma Lane’s hopes of repairing their fractured relationship are gone with the wind. Now she’s stuck in the wilderness facing her worst fears. Trees? Terrifying. Spiders? Even worse. And don’t even get Emma started on how she feels about camp acti You have to step off the trail to find your path.... When her mother unceremoniously dumps her at Camp Mapplewood for the summer, Emma Lane’s hopes of repairing their fractured relationship are gone with the wind. Now she’s stuck in the wilderness facing her worst fears. Trees? Terrifying. Spiders? Even worse. And don’t even get Emma started on how she feels about camp activities. But Emma’s got a plan, and she will do anything in her power to get kicked out of camp, from sleeping in to playing practical jokes on her fellow campers. Yet when Emma draws the attention of her illusive and attractive camp counselor Vivian Black, she has to come to terms with the fact that how her summer starts isn’t necessarily how it might end. Will Vivian be the key to unlocking Emma’s fears once and for all?

30 review for Night Owls and Summer Skies

  1. 4 out of 5

    hima ☾

    *spoilers! kind of. i'm sorry—this book is a complete disaster. i wish so badly it weren't. finishing it was a chore for innumerable reasons, and i literally cannot describe every single one of them, but i'll do my best. night owls and summer skies opens with our main character, emma lane, going to stay with her toxic, bigoted mother for the summer; but things quickly go awry when it's revealed emma will be going to camp mapplewood while her mother and brand-new husband go on their honeymoon. she' *spoilers! kind of. i'm sorry—this book is a complete disaster. i wish so badly it weren't. finishing it was a chore for innumerable reasons, and i literally cannot describe every single one of them, but i'll do my best. night owls and summer skies opens with our main character, emma lane, going to stay with her toxic, bigoted mother for the summer; but things quickly go awry when it's revealed emma will be going to camp mapplewood while her mother and brand-new husband go on their honeymoon. she's determined to get out, but gets caught up in a whirlwind of drama, as well as a budding romance with vivian black, a counselor. honestly, i don't even know where to start. the writing is unpolished, a little dry, but it's certainly not awful. and conceptually, this had a lot of potential. my first issue showed up 3% of the way in. maybe this upset me because it struck me in a personal way—but emma says, "still gay, mom. i suppose the correct term would be lesbian, but gay kind of sits better with me." look, people can identify with whatever label they want. that's fine. i don't have an issue with it. but this is a character, not a real person, and it leaves a nasty taste in my mouth to see this kind of rhetoric where "lesbian" is treated as this—this word to avoid, this word that someone wouldn't want to identify with even after acknowledging that that's what they are. it took me years to be able to use that word proudly. it hurts that the only time it's actually said in this book is to say a more nonspecific term "sits better" with the main character. there was an opportunity here to actually use a label that's often treated as dirty or a fetish, to bring to light a community—my community—rich with love and passion and pain and history but often cast aside. that opportunity was very much not taken. i'm at least glad that emma is a character who's secure in her sexuality. then there's the other stuff that stinks. lauren is the primary antagonist, and she's a bully, but she's also a predator. like, consistently pushing boundaries, violating consent, being a general creep. while i don't think her identity is ever specifically discussed, i really—and i mean really—do not think it was necessary to write what effectively ended up being a predatory lesbian narrative. she bullies emma because she's romantically interested in her. realizing that this was the road this book decided to go down was what made me decide this was not the representation i wanted of people like me. lauren sexually harasses emma—and vivian—incessantly. obviously this behavior isn't celebrated, as lauren is the villain, but the way it's dealt with is so... illogical to me? but then again, pretty much everything about this plot, and this camp, and these characters, is illogical to me. there's some weird stuff about teaching consent in there that lauren weaponizes, of course. but then we're told that lauren did this kind of stuff in the past—with no repercussions? why was she not banned from returning to camp after the first, frankly unacceptable, infraction? it seems like everyone, including the owner of the camp (vivian's father), is aware of lauren's predatory behavior. but literally nothing is done about it. i don't understand? the reasoning seems to be that mr. black wants to give "lost kids" the chance to find themselves or whatever, and that lauren's parents contribute to the reputation of the camp, but why would this be at the expense of everyone else's wellbeing, including his OWN DAUGHTER(S)? again, this isn't something small: there is a specific gravity to sexual harassment versus, say, emma's actions (sneaking out, trying to get her phone back, whatever). and emma is forced to stay in the same cabin as her? lauren needs therapy!!!!!!! so badly!!!!!!!! and given what we know about her background that should have been an immediate suggestion? i think it's difficult for me to reconcile the fact that this is a story that's supposed to destigmatize and speak frankly about mental health while completely denying an entire character of the possibility of rehabilitation and accountability... sexual harassment is unacceptable!!!!!! but she clearly needs help!!!!!!!!!!!! vivian literally speaks to lauren's compulsive behaviors and obsessions? but then at the end she's just shipped off back with her abusive parents and that's supposed to be, what, a fulfilling ending? what is the point? and i guess that in particular kind of speaks to the one-dimensional nature of every character in this book. if i had to come up with a comparison it's very much akin to a disney channel original in that respect—good characters are good, bad characters are bad, and while the so-called "bad" characters are occasionally sympathetic (take jessie, for instance) this sympathy exists not to aid in their development or growth, but to serve the greater purpose of preaching some message to the reader (for example, through jessie and emma we learn that you can forgive, but not forget). the only thing consistent about emma's character is that she's deeply unlikeable. she's supposed to be socially inept, i think, but the author only occasionally remembers this, and in incredibly weird ways—like the fact that emma is unsure as to whether people talk to other people about their pets. she acts like she's approximately ten years old for the majority of the book, but especially in the beginning. she has depression and anxiety but i honestly didn't see any actual evidence of this; like, she tells her dad she's "taking her anti-depressants," and "having an off day," but we're never actually shown this? she's supposed to have a multitude of phobias connecting back to one traumatic event (and i don't want to discount trauma—but frankly this is hard to believe) but, like, she seems to be perfectly ok with running around camp completely on her own in the dark, even though the entire place is a source of panic for her—she says that she's "scared of this entire experience" but maybe i misunderstood? and then of course it's kind of implied that vivian somehow... fixes one of these? i don't know. much of the discussion around mental health focused less on how it's actually experienced and lived and more on just... mentioning it? or thinking about it sometimes? vivian, of course, never worked for me. i think she's supposed to be alluring and mysterious but she's not. there's an obvious power differential between her, as a counselor, and emma, and while this didn't particularly bother me as something problematic it was just... another one of those things that didn't make sense? why would a counselor ever make a camper sleep in the same sleeping bag as them and does that not also constitute sexual harassment? why would a counselor ever allow a camper to kiss them (even on the cheek) as a thank you? why would a counselor go through a camper's phone? or allow a camper to sleep in their cabin? why would a counselor take another camper on a search through the woods for another camper (and in what world would a camper not be punished for stealing and drinking alcohol underage at camp)? why would a counselor deliberately keep a camper who's acting out at camp? why would that camper's parent(s) not be notified? anyway—aside from all of this, vivian and emma are just not a good couple. they're both weird and boring and i don't understand why they'd ever be attracted to each other, and i don't understand how everyone seems to be ok with it. then there's the dad, who's supposed to be one of the good guys, but i don't understand why it's pretty much completely unquestioned that he's putting his gay daughter in harm's way by making her spend extended time with her awful, homophobic parent? that's not what good parents do!!! that's not what a good father does! and i just don't understand how NOBODY CONTACTED HIM. why on earth would she be forced to stay at this camp? she has a way out! i've never been to a summer camp where i was effectively held prisoner because some random counselor wanted to "help me"!!!!! this is so implausible!!!! my last issue is with how generally stilted and painfully awkward and just ridiculous everything is. vivian and gwen speak in this weird, jarringly formal way, and i don't really get why. there are passages of dialogue that are clearly supposed to be funny but instead are absolutely nonsensical. emma gets defensive over mike wazowski??? as if mike wazowski is the pinnacle of pop culture? walter, vivian and gwen's brother, is just... obsessed with pokemon? somehow emma is the only person who knows about pokemon? we spend the whole time hearing about these deep, dark, private letters emma wrote, and they're pretty central to the conflict, but we never actually know what's IN these letters, so why the hell should i care about them? emma has this random misogynistic streak where she calls lauren and co "bitches," and then says, "you think a guy shoving another into a locker is awful but girls are so much worse" (ch. 11). genuinely what? and then there's gwen just, like, as a character—she's supposed to be eccentric i think, but instead she's just a complete caricature. there's this weird scene where gwen tells them that emma's birthday is coming up and walter is just so shocked by the existence of birthdays that he throws his entire slice of pizza across the room (ch. 17). it's like every scene in this book was spat out by an algorithm approximating how real humans act. or like an AI trying to write comedy. ok, so i went in pretty hard on this one. i'm just sad because i really liked it in theory, but instead i got... this. it needs a lot of work. 1 star. *arc provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica May

    So I read the version available on Wattpad to tide me over and it didn’t disappoint. If that’s what it’s like before going into the editing process, I can’t wait to read the final result. This is a long-ass review. I’ll update the review to include published version when it comes out. What I love and hope doesn’t get removed from the published version. I love the relationship between Emma and her dad. He doesn’t care or mind about her sexuality. All that’s important to him is her mental health. Th So I read the version available on Wattpad to tide me over and it didn’t disappoint. If that’s what it’s like before going into the editing process, I can’t wait to read the final result. This is a long-ass review. I’ll update the review to include published version when it comes out. What I love and hope doesn’t get removed from the published version. I love the relationship between Emma and her dad. He doesn’t care or mind about her sexuality. All that’s important to him is her mental health. They have open discussions from the very first page about her wellbeing. It’s so great that we see a good relationship between LGBT youth and their parent. He’s there for her and she knows this because he took actions. He got her homeschooled for a year, gained custody of Emma, diligently helped her tackle her mental health issues, unlike her mother. What I like about this book is the aftermath of getting help. They can have discussions about how Emma is feeling. It’s very refreshing to have a main character who has already done the big step of getting help. It’s important for people to see these stories where the main character maintains their mental health because there isn’t a ‘cure-all’ which the author does well throughout the book. The author doesn’t shy away from problems like homophobia with Emma’s mother. Emma’s mother is caught up in her own world with her new husband and didn’t plan for Emma’s stay with her for the summer so Emma is sent to a summer camp. Luckily at the summer camp, Emma’s sexuality is a non-issue. She is who she is and it doesn’t matter to anyone. Despite her anger at being abandoned at the summer camp and the fact that she could’ve instead spent it with her father, she’s mature in the sense that she doesn’t want to drag her dad into the mess. However, the way she tries to get kicked out so it would be her mother’s problem and not her fathers is the opposite of mature. Which is to be expected. She’s a teenager. Their logic sometimes doesn’t make sense. It shows how much she respects her father but in doing so she’s disrespectful at camp. I’m a sucker for books that have family dynamic so the disappointment with Emma’s father out of the picture until the end soon was put aside. The entire Black family makes an appearance and brings her into the fold. Emma discovers new coping mechanisms and a new passion. Cooking. It’s an accidental discovery because it was a punishment. She uses the kitchen space to take time to herself when she’s anxious which was particularly relatable. It was enjoyable and cute that she spent time with Julie Black, the love interest’s mother when Emma accidentally tells Vivian that she loves her. It’s so awkward and sudden that it flashed me back to the past where I had similar outbursts and escaped in a similar fashion. I hope that scene’s still in the final version. Julie is the opposite of Emma’s mother. She’s warm and takes the time to teach Emma cooking. The fact that Julie Black is so accepting of Emma and her own daughter’s sexuality is just another *chef’s kiss* moment. It’s interesting how the author includes the theme of bullying in the book. It’s not explicit, it’s not triggering, but it is there. Gwen Black is Emma’s new friend and she is isolated from the ‘Beaver’ camping group because of the book’s antagonist, Lauren. It’s very realistic because it’s a form of bullying that’s hard to report and detect. You can’t exactly force people to be friends with a person. It hits home. More importantly, it’s something people don’t talk about often because who wants to admit to having no friends when there are ‘worse issues’ like physical violence or cyberbullying? You don’t see this tactic displayed in books much. It’s a very realistic portrayal and it hurts the reader more because we learn that Gwen is the type of friend that you would want by your side. Emma and Gwen’s relationship is natural because they both deal with the issues of anti-socialism whether it be from mental health issues or bullying. I really liked their friendship. For a while, I thought Gwen was the love interest but then Vivian showed up and it was no longer a guessing game. At first, I thought it would be Lauren, classic enemies to lovers trope, but I’m glad it didn’t go down that route. Emma’s relationship with Vivian Black and Lauren’s is an important distinction. Lauren barrels through personal boundaries, and has one-sided vicious conversations with Emma and well . . . Lauren is Gwen’s bully. She shows no respect for Emma. Whereas Vivian and Emma’s relationship is a mutual teasing. They both enjoy the banter between them. Vivian is there for Emma when she has a panic attack, (which was a very realistic portrayal of the moment, the thoughts, the physical reaction, the wanting to be alone). Vivian hammers the importance of consent with other campers and the main pairing put this into practice, which is a relief because Vivian is a counsellor and a person in a position of power, which is why it’s great that it’s Emma that makes the first moves. Vivian trusts Emma with Gwen. When I read the book for a second time, it was clear that Lauren would never be the love interest. The inner monologue of Emma’s never indicates any interest and I kind of feel bad that I thought that in the first place because the author made it clear time and time again that the behaviour Lauren exhibits wasn’t okay at all. What I wanted to see. The conversation between Mr. Black and Emma about Capybara. A little more about Lauren’s motivations too. On a more serious note, throughout all the serious topics of mental health, homophobia, bullying, the book’s full of quick-witted banter, humour, summer activities that shone through the page. While it does deal with real subject matter, the characters are also lighthearted and it would be a nice book to read out in the sun. Congratulations author, I can't wait to see the final version.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Thanks for the author and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review! Let's start by saying that I absolutely adore stories about summer camps. This was not an exception. I really liked it! I loved all of the representation and in my opinion it was written quite good. I loved the characters, but I'd like to get some more background on them. They felt a bit bland, except for our main character Emma. Speaking of characters, I loved Vivian. Even though I didn't understand why sh Thanks for the author and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review! Let's start by saying that I absolutely adore stories about summer camps. This was not an exception. I really liked it! I loved all of the representation and in my opinion it was written quite good. I loved the characters, but I'd like to get some more background on them. They felt a bit bland, except for our main character Emma. Speaking of characters, I loved Vivian. Even though I didn't understand why she did some things she did, I couldn't help but like her. She's quite mysterious and I like that. Also Gwen, can I be bffs with her as well? I despised Emma's mother, I just don't understand how she can be like that to her own daughter. The plot was a bit predictable in my opinion, but that didn't mean it wasn't fun. I enjoyed myself while reading this book and I would recommend reading it if you're looking for a fun, quick and easy read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Gibbins

    I was going through a very hard time in my life and then I came across your books! I really adored Camp Mapplewood and I cannot wait to read Night Owls and Summer Skies when it comes out! Sign me up for the touching plot and quirky characters. Can't wait to see what you've added!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Durante

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely loved this book. I binged it all in a matter of days and I’m sure I’ll be reading it again. The characters were beautifully written and I was able to connect with different parts of each of them which helped pull me into the book. The setting was great and it felt like I was getting a summer camp experience of my own. The witty banter from the main character was so funny and so relatable. Also the main characters social anxiety is such a humanizing and relatable quality. I also suff I absolutely loved this book. I binged it all in a matter of days and I’m sure I’ll be reading it again. The characters were beautifully written and I was able to connect with different parts of each of them which helped pull me into the book. The setting was great and it felt like I was getting a summer camp experience of my own. The witty banter from the main character was so funny and so relatable. Also the main characters social anxiety is such a humanizing and relatable quality. I also suffer from severe anxiety and I like how well it’s portrayed through Emma, especially when she starts blabbing and can’t quite stop, it’s so relatable to how I feel when I try to talk “normally” and then severely under-do or over-do it in a conversation. The love interest is also beautifully written and gives a cloud of mystery around her that’s so intriguing. It’s amazing to read along as Emma chips away at Vivians exterior and finds who she really is underneath. The side characters are great too. They’re also witty and lovable and so caring. They’re such great friends and add some much needed support for the main character as the book progresses. And while romance novels are usually predictable about how they’ll end, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t any less surprised or happy about how it all played out. I felt all the emotions while reading and reacted along with the characters, I laughed, I cried, I felt the anxiety, I cried some more, I laughed and more, and in the end I fell in love too. I fell in love with this book, and with the beautiful way this author writes. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was an amazing read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laila

    For a minute it looked like it would be a heavy read but it wasn't. It was the summer romance I didn't know I needed. But my favorite part was the casual representation of mental health. It was well done, especially from a teenager's point of view. I also liked how the main character didn't have to say "this is happened because of anxiety or these thoughts are the result of anxiety" The actions and thoughts speak to that well. Maybe people wouldn't pick up on that unless they experienced it them For a minute it looked like it would be a heavy read but it wasn't. It was the summer romance I didn't know I needed. But my favorite part was the casual representation of mental health. It was well done, especially from a teenager's point of view. I also liked how the main character didn't have to say "this is happened because of anxiety or these thoughts are the result of anxiety" The actions and thoughts speak to that well. Maybe people wouldn't pick up on that unless they experienced it themselves. I can understand why people would be frustrated by her character but it's realistic. The panic attack scene was especially relatable. Not only was the thought process spot on but the aftermath of experiencing it was realistic too. I won't spoil anything but the fatigue after the panic attack was accurate. People forget to write about that part. I have different ticks when it comes to my anxiety but I do know some friends experience it in a similar way to Emma. I'll be recommending this book to them. Most people don't understand that anxiety doesn't only stem from social situations. It can manifest in other parts of life too. This book understood that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Reading all your stories! So addicting. Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Birdwatcher

    A YA book where teens are actually teens and not just adults put in teen settings? A camp where sexuality isn't a big concern? Funny and quirky characters? Man I'm sad this book ended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Really enjoyed this young adult/new adult novel. Pansexual and lesbian MCs. Summer camp romance. Emma has faced a ton of challenges - depression, messy parent divorce, homophobic mum - but has finally graduated high school, is nearly 18 and has just one major hurdle left - two months court mandated visitation with her mum. But when she gets to Maine, her mum has decided to leave her behind at summer camp. Emma hates camp; is panic-inducingly afraid of the woods; and is stuck rooming with a mean- Really enjoyed this young adult/new adult novel. Pansexual and lesbian MCs. Summer camp romance. Emma has faced a ton of challenges - depression, messy parent divorce, homophobic mum - but has finally graduated high school, is nearly 18 and has just one major hurdle left - two months court mandated visitation with her mum. But when she gets to Maine, her mum has decided to leave her behind at summer camp. Emma hates camp; is panic-inducingly afraid of the woods; and is stuck rooming with a mean-girl bully. But Emma also meets 19 year-old camp counselor, Vivian, so things may not be all bad. **I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

  10. 4 out of 5

    Esther Siedler

    • Title: Night Owls and Summer Skies • Author: Rebecca Sullivan • Publisher: wattpad books • ISBN: 9781989365250 • Edition: E-Book • Publication date: 30/06/2020 Content: Emma Lane was even when driving to her mother not happy about it because they have not been getting along for years now. But her anger gets even worse when her mother ditches her for her new husband and their honeymoon. And she really dumps her at Camp Mapplewood, where she never wanted to go again after a traumatic incident with tre • Title: Night Owls and Summer Skies • Author: Rebecca Sullivan • Publisher: wattpad books • ISBN: 9781989365250 • Edition: E-Book • Publication date: 30/06/2020 Content: Emma Lane was even when driving to her mother not happy about it because they have not been getting along for years now. But her anger gets even worse when her mother ditches her for her new husband and their honeymoon. And she really dumps her at Camp Mapplewood, where she never wanted to go again after a traumatic incident with trees that happened years ago. But Emma is not planning to stay long at this camp, so she does everything to get kicked out of camp. Because of that she draws the attention of the attractive camp counselor Vivian Black. Maybe her summer won't be as she thought it would be. Will Vivian help her with her worst fears? Opinion: This book is so nicely written, I swear! I couldn't stop readingt, so I totally read it in one night. The story is so detailt that I could even see the camp and the people there in my head. Also, I really sympathized with Emma. She is such an amazingly developed character. All the other characters are pretty good described and developed too, but I totally fell in love with the main character. She is so sweet, and I totally understood her. She is the typical teenager, but she actually knows what she wants. Also, her standing up for Gwen was so amazing, I almost cried there. Additionally, the cover is so beautiful! Conclusion: All in all, I really recommend this book! It is so cute and amazing! There is literally no reason to not read it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eszter Szika

    For me Night Owls and Summer Skies was a really entertaining young adult book. When I requested the book from NetGalley I knew only the main plot which just awoke my interest. Then I saw some negative reviews so I decided I need to read this book. Honestly, I did enjoy reading it. The whole venue gave me the summer camp vibe: the activities, the dramas, the gossips and the fights. I could relate to Emma’s the ‘world is against me’ feeling as most of us had gone through it in our teenager years. For me Night Owls and Summer Skies was a really entertaining young adult book. When I requested the book from NetGalley I knew only the main plot which just awoke my interest. Then I saw some negative reviews so I decided I need to read this book. Honestly, I did enjoy reading it. The whole venue gave me the summer camp vibe: the activities, the dramas, the gossips and the fights. I could relate to Emma’s the ‘world is against me’ feeling as most of us had gone through it in our teenager years. Then she felt left alone as her mom just dropped her in a camp on her last summer as a girl not a legally adult woman. I liked how the story developed and we got to know more and more people. And even that we know Vivian is a counsellor and she should have behave as a responsible adult, I didn’t mind her personality as reading the plot I already knew she won’t follow the rules as a counsellor would be. I recommend this book to young adults, who are searching themselves, people who just want to read a laid back gay novel and those who don’t mind reading a fiction and not getting offended by the actions which shouldn’t be this way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc with depression, anxiety & PTSD, wlw li, wlw side character Galley provided by publisher One day, I’ll stop just picking books to read solely because they’re f/f. Unfortunately, today is not that day, so here I am, writing another review of a book I didn’t like, but also didn’t dislike. Night Owls and Summer Skies is a summer camp romance. And you would think, therefore, that it’d be good. Instead, it seems like a chaotic and disconnected novel, with a creepy “bully h On my blog. Rep: lesbian mc with depression, anxiety & PTSD, wlw li, wlw side character Galley provided by publisher One day, I’ll stop just picking books to read solely because they’re f/f. Unfortunately, today is not that day, so here I am, writing another review of a book I didn’t like, but also didn’t dislike. Night Owls and Summer Skies is a summer camp romance. And you would think, therefore, that it’d be good. Instead, it seems like a chaotic and disconnected novel, with a creepy “bully has a crush on the mc” storyline. First and foremost, me and the writing didn’t click, so much of this review should be taken with that in mind. It was readable, sure, but the speech was stilted and occasionally purple prosey. And just generally didn’t sound like something any real person would say a lot of the time. So that made it hard to get into. And, of course, not liking the writing had a knock-on effect for how I felt about the rest of the book. I didn’t mind the main character, though I know she has been criticised for “overreacting” regarding her parents (although, to be honest, I thought she was underreacting almost), but the side characters were mostly bland and two-dimensional. I still don’t know what there was at all interesting about Vivian (though Walter and Grace were great). Then there’s the whole storyline with Lauren, which seemed almost unnecessarily creepy at times. Almost borderline sexual harassment. And the whole thing about not sending her home despite that? Feels like maybe the camp should be shut down for not taking care of their charges properly… But like I said. Take it all with a pinch of salt, because I didn’t like the writing and that always impacts how I like the rest of the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica G

    4.5 Stars Y’all know I am a sucker when it comes to Wattpad books. I am always amazed when I get to read fully published in-print books by people who originally wrote them onto Wattpad. To get such a big audience initially is a feat, and especially knowing that quite often these books were written over a month, for NaNoWriMo, is even more incredible. ‘Night Owls and Summer Skies’ is everything that I want in a book. It’s got the Summer-Camp experience that I’ve never gotten in Australia but always 4.5 Stars Y’all know I am a sucker when it comes to Wattpad books. I am always amazed when I get to read fully published in-print books by people who originally wrote them onto Wattpad. To get such a big audience initially is a feat, and especially knowing that quite often these books were written over a month, for NaNoWriMo, is even more incredible. ‘Night Owls and Summer Skies’ is everything that I want in a book. It’s got the Summer-Camp experience that I’ve never gotten in Australia but always not-so-secretly wished for, it’s got an F/F romance, and it’s got some amazing relationships that aren’t just the central-romantic one. I lived for the writing, which was super easy to read, as you can expect from most top-tier Wattpad authors. I was suckered in, and even though I read this over a rather large period of time, because ya girl got swept up in Uni stuff, it was captivating and I didn’t feel lost at all. One of my favourite tropes in YA fiction is where the protagonist goes to a camp, rehabilitation centre or something along those lines, and really works on themselves. I absolutely live for it. I think there’s something magical about being able to go somewhere new, meet new people and make new important relationships that you can really count on. Like, I want that for me. Studying abroad with lots of new people and all that stuff has been my FAV thing ever, and those experiences are something I want more of, and would recommend it for anyone to try because you learn some really important things about yourself. Needless to say, this relatability factor and the fact that this is my not-so-secret-fantasy basically meant that this book was meant for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kajree Gautom

    This book was honestly a hot mess. I was super excited for this because a) beautifulllll cover and b) a gay summer romance? Hell yes! But this book was nothing but a disappointment. Firstly, talking about the characters - they were super two dimensional and bland. None had any goal or motive abd was just there, you know? I hated the MC and her banter just infuriated me. At one point she's supposed to be socially awkward? But then she keeps on blabbering away with the first stranger she meets? I This book was honestly a hot mess. I was super excited for this because a) beautifulllll cover and b) a gay summer romance? Hell yes! But this book was nothing but a disappointment. Firstly, talking about the characters - they were super two dimensional and bland. None had any goal or motive abd was just there, you know? I hated the MC and her banter just infuriated me. At one point she's supposed to be socially awkward? But then she keeps on blabbering away with the first stranger she meets? I just didn't get her. At all. Then there was Vivian who just infuriated me even more. Her motives were unclear and the author just couldn't get the essence of a personality quite out there. All the characters simply felt like they were fourteen year olds screaming and being too loud in camp. The romance was alright. The author tried too hard to make it swoon-worthy and cute but I could very less see a worthy chemistry. I loved the dad tho. He was really cool and I loved how supportive he was of his daughter. That was really positive and good to read about. Ugh I can't even tell in words how big of a disappointment this book was. The dialogues were choppy and just felt too much like a script to make it interesting. It was just too forced, I felt. But anyway, it's all my opinion. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me an e-copy for review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Monica Exley

    ||BOOK REVIEW|| ..... Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ..... Love the writing style of this author. She writes with such passion, technique, and purpose. The words pour off the page and into your heart. Each scene is written so well and with such attention and love. To me this book felt more like it had a teenage-stage trying to find her path in the world sort of feel to it. I absolutely love it! 💙 This book is so descriptive and each scene is fully packaged and perfectly designed so you will not want to put this b ||BOOK REVIEW|| ..... Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ..... Love the writing style of this author. She writes with such passion, technique, and purpose. The words pour off the page and into your heart. Each scene is written so well and with such attention and love. To me this book felt more like it had a teenage-stage trying to find her path in the world sort of feel to it. I absolutely love it! 💙 This book is so descriptive and each scene is fully packaged and perfectly designed so you will not want to put this book down. Two thumbs up! 🥰 Cover is very well done. It compliments the story well. ..... COMING MAY 2020 .....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Book Soul9

    I was so excited to read this book ever since I saw the gorgeous cover and read its description. I mean, gay summer romance and mental health are topics that I really love to read about, but but.. It was so promising, so sad I didn't like it. First of all, there is this girl, Emma. She's gay and she suffers from depression but she is so irritating that several times I had to take a break from reading about her. Basically, it's just talking about characters, which I found very unrealistic and chi I was so excited to read this book ever since I saw the gorgeous cover and read its description. I mean, gay summer romance and mental health are topics that I really love to read about, but but.. It was so promising, so sad I didn't like it. First of all, there is this girl, Emma. She's gay and she suffers from depression but she is so irritating that several times I had to take a break from reading about her. Basically, it's just talking about characters, which I found very unrealistic and childlish. The only character that I liked is Gwen and I liked how mature she actually is. I also liked her friendship with Emma. To sum it up, I didn't like this book simply because I found the characters quite irritating and I guess I had high hopes for this one. This book just isn't for me. My rating: 2.5/5 ⭐

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Ayushi

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Andria Potter

    Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan is a Wattpad book that I wanted to like so much more than I did. I made it about forty percent before giving up. The spacing of this book was weird. There were a large amount of grammatical errors, and the book clearly needed an editor. That aside, the story itself had promise-a girl, Emma, is foisted off her mother into a camp for the summer, as her mother goes on her unexpected honeymoon. I say unexpected because her mother failed to mention she’ Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan is a Wattpad book that I wanted to like so much more than I did. I made it about forty percent before giving up. The spacing of this book was weird. There were a large amount of grammatical errors, and the book clearly needed an editor. That aside, the story itself had promise-a girl, Emma, is foisted off her mother into a camp for the summer, as her mother goes on her unexpected honeymoon. I say unexpected because her mother failed to mention she’d gotten married. And her mother is embarrassed about her daughter being gay. It’s a family complicated situation all around, but the essential bit is that Emma is not thrilled about spending the rest of summer at a camp-the same camp she learned of her parents divorce. As far as books go, this wasn’t bad-it just didn’t wow me as much as the cover did, which that cover is absolutely gorgeous. I shouldn’t be suckered into a book based on a cover, but regretfully, it does happen now and again. This book was also read and chosen from me for Pride Month. I was hoping more from it, but it failed to deliver on my hopefulness. Overall, I’m rewarding this 3 out of five stars, and I’m now off to choose my next book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    More like 3.5 stars Emma has a lot going on in her life, and her mum dumping her at camp adds to the challenges. Camp delivers pain and suffering but also growth and hope. There's definitely a lot of angst here, but given the YA audience, I think it delivers quite well and is a good read. ARC received for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    K

    This made my heart melt. I can't even describe how much I ship Emma and Vivian. Their characters are perfect, their dynamic is perfect. They fit into each other's lives perfectly. They were literally made for each other. Something this sweet should be sickening, but all I wanted to do was reach into the book and squeeze them together. I was a little taken aback by the promises of forever at the end, but it wasn't entirely rushed. They have had a wildly intense camp experience. Let's talk supporti This made my heart melt. I can't even describe how much I ship Emma and Vivian. Their characters are perfect, their dynamic is perfect. They fit into each other's lives perfectly. They were literally made for each other. Something this sweet should be sickening, but all I wanted to do was reach into the book and squeeze them together. I was a little taken aback by the promises of forever at the end, but it wasn't entirely rushed. They have had a wildly intense camp experience. Let's talk supporting characters. The Black family is adorable, and despite Emma's apparent prickliness, they warm up to her and all but initiate her as one of them. Emma's father is a good contrast with her mother, because one neglecting, homophobic parent is more than enough. The rest of the Beavers are your average teen girls. Lauren's character demands no sympathy with her twisted ways of achieving her goals, as well as her misguided idea of consent. Jessie doesn't redeem herself either, but her spinelessness was evident from day one. Overall, it's a great debut (and an impressive feat for a 22 year old author?!) Fluffy, light-hearted teen fiction hasn't been my thing in a while, but I definitely have no regrets with this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ally Kenner

    I appreciated the casual representation at the camp. No one says that they are into girls. It's a fact. I like how the story focused on Emma's anxiety and the tools she was given to manage it. I like how despite her mental health issues, Emma's a girl who stands up for her friends. She might grumble about the camp but she's passionate about the Black family. I loved their family dynamic. Especially Julie and their time in the kitchen together. That was adorable. That description of the panic att I appreciated the casual representation at the camp. No one says that they are into girls. It's a fact. I like how the story focused on Emma's anxiety and the tools she was given to manage it. I like how despite her mental health issues, Emma's a girl who stands up for her friends. She might grumble about the camp but she's passionate about the Black family. I loved their family dynamic. Especially Julie and their time in the kitchen together. That was adorable. That description of the panic attack? Relatable. Maybe too relatable. I read the scene for the second time and I got chills. Outside of the mental health depiction, which wasn't overwhelming to where it was the sole focus of the plot, the camp vibe was easy to sink into. It was a sweet summer read full of banter and friendship and a lovely teen romance. I wish I read this book when I was a teen.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    May 19, 2020: It's an ownvoices queer enemies-to-lovers romance so you should know how quickly I requested it but what really interested me is the metal health representation it promises. Thank you, Wattpad Books for a digital copy via Edelweiss!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I hate writing mean reviews but here we go. Look, I wanted to love this and I was so sure I would. I mean a f/f summer camp story sounds delightful, doesn't it? Turns out it wasn't. The characters were so one dimensional and fell flat, the writing was really not good and it felt like it hadn't been re-read not even once. Victoria Schwab recently said that one should read out loud what they write to ensure that it sounds right, this I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I hate writing mean reviews but here we go. Look, I wanted to love this and I was so sure I would. I mean a f/f summer camp story sounds delightful, doesn't it? Turns out it wasn't. The characters were so one dimensional and fell flat, the writing was really not good and it felt like it hadn't been re-read not even once. Victoria Schwab recently said that one should read out loud what they write to ensure that it sounds right, this was definitely not done here and I could tell. I know you feel like I'm exaggerating so here are a few quotes. "I see," she replied. "Everyone's phone, it tells you an awful lot of information about a person." I lay on my back as she matched my body's form by climbing on top of me. My hands ventured over her curved body, exploring. We pulled apart and opened our eyes. Staring deeply at one another, we breathed in tandem, our eyes searching; mine were full of wonder, hers of curiosity. "I kissed you," she hissed, leaning closer so no one else could hear. "You say I make things hard. Emma, no. You have to breathe and it's hard." Usually, at night the main building's indoor lightning would make the entire camp seem bright and safe, but that night, it was the opposite as the lights weren't on. Okay, I'm done with the quotes. It was super hard to get through cause I kept rolling my eyes, and I had to sometimes reread sentences to understand what the author meant. Also, the story jumped for one moment to another in the same paragraph and it was hard to follow. So yeah, this did not go as well as I had hoped... I definitely wouldn't recommend this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    A queer summer camp romance, gimme!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sulagna Mondal

    Reading Night Owls and Summer Skies was definitely an enjoyable read for me. With a haters to lovers trope, and a love rival present, it was fun reading this book. The book starts off with Emma Lane, our 17 year old protagonist, being reluctantly dropped off by her dad, at her mom's place. Even before her parent's divorce, Emma had been a reclusive kid, and after a horrifying experience that caused her PTSD and depression, she has become even more avoidant of her mother. Not to mention, her mothe Reading Night Owls and Summer Skies was definitely an enjoyable read for me. With a haters to lovers trope, and a love rival present, it was fun reading this book. The book starts off with Emma Lane, our 17 year old protagonist, being reluctantly dropped off by her dad, at her mom's place. Even before her parent's divorce, Emma had been a reclusive kid, and after a horrifying experience that caused her PTSD and depression, she has become even more avoidant of her mother. Not to mention, her mother still hasn't come to accept Emma's sexuality and thinks that she'll get over her sexuality once she gets a boyfriend. After her father drops her off, Emma's mom suddenly announces that they are going on an oversees trip for two weeks and a car comes to take them. Soon Emma realizes that the driver is actually her mom's new husband and they are actually planning to take Emma to Camp Mapplewood for 8 weeks - the place that caused Emma's trauma as a child. Her phone is taken away at the entrance of the camp and unable to even contact her father, she is sent off to the camp by her mom. Emma's plan is to steal her phone back and deliberately get caught by the camp counselors so that she can be thrown out of this place. Camp Mapplewood is owned by the Blacks and there she comes across Gwen Black, the youngest Black who is attending the camp as well. She takes a liking to Gwen only, but when she sees that her other cabinmates bully Gwen, under the leadership of Lauren, just because of a camp counselor position, Emma takes it upon herself to protect Gwen at all cost. Meanwhile, when Emma goes to steal her phone, she gets caught by Vivian Black, her cabin counselor, and also Gwen's sister. But Vivian is reluctant to kick Emma out of the camp and instead insists that staying in the camp would do her good. Slowly, Emma comes to accept her life in the camp, but there still exists one problem. Lauren. The root cause of her traum and Gwen's constant bullying. A number of events lead to Emma discover her feelings and the feelings of her cabinmates and Vivian as well. I loved the characters. The whole Black family is awesome. I especially loved Gwen and Vivian's brother Walter. That dude is funny and cool. And Emma's character being a full of sarcasm makes her and Walter's interactions extra fun to read. I also loved Gwen's character. She's such a joyful and positive character. Vivian kind of didn't make a good impression on me though. But I loved how both Emma and Vivian helped make significant differences in each other's lives. While on one hand Emma's mother couldn't accept her daughter's sexuality, Vivian's family have all their support to her. Emma's dad is one character that made my heart really happy. It gave me a sense of pleasure reading about Emma and her dad's interaction. I won't give out much details, but there's a lot of love rivalry and yearning in this book. So it gets extra points from me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sleepless Dreamer

    I don't give bad reviews to ARCs lightly. As I see it, a book is a result of so much hard work and I absolutely want to help books that might not reach a broad readership. I also believe that it's great that the publishing world is more accessible, I mean, this started off as on Wattpad as a NaNoWriMo project. That's awesome.   So Night Owls and Summer Skies is about Emma, a bitter teenager who gets sent to camp. She has a weird childhood trauma from this camp (her friends stranded her on a tree I don't give bad reviews to ARCs lightly. As I see it, a book is a result of so much hard work and I absolutely want to help books that might not reach a broad readership. I also believe that it's great that the publishing world is more accessible, I mean, this started off as on Wattpad as a NaNoWriMo project. That's awesome.   So Night Owls and Summer Skies is about Emma, a bitter teenager who gets sent to camp. She has a weird childhood trauma from this camp (her friends stranded her on a tree and she somehow has turned this into a massive life changing tragedy, I kid you not). At camp, her counselor Vivian and her fall in love and together, work through all the teen drama.  I'll start by saying that the writing was good. It felt polished. The dialogue was a little odd at times but it also felt like it had style. I can imagine people speaking like that, even if I myself do not. Vivian and Emma have as much chemistry as the next ya couple.  However, my biggest problem here was Vivian. Oh Vivian.  As a former camp counselor, let me just say this. I would never ever ever consider getting into any type of romantic or sexual relationship with any one of my campers. It's not an age thing, or a legal thing (well, maybe a bit of a legal thing, my camp kept reminding us that we can get sued for pretty much everything). It's a responsibility thing. Even with older kids, they look up to you. You're not on even ground, you do have some authority and being in a relationship abuses this. Even if there's only a two year difference, I genuinely think Emma's consent is dubious.  When you're working, you're not entirely yourself so I definitely felt like my kids didn't know me actually. They knew me as a counselor but that's just not the same thing. Like heck, it was my actual job to tolerate some of their bullshit and well, when that's the case, there isn't room for such feelings, even if I absolutely adored my campers.   So it was just hard for me to appreciate this book because I couldn't stop wanting to shout at Vivian, "How can the problematic nature of this relationship not concern you??" Vivian never even mentions this, Vivian pursues this relationship just as much as Emma and I just can't explain how irritated this makes me. No one around Vivian thinks about this and I just don't get it.  I wasn't a very good counselor for various reasons and I messed up during my time as a counselor more times than I can remember but even with that, at least I can feel content knowing I wasn't as bad of a counselor as Vivian. Beyond the actual falling in love with a camper thing, here's a brief list of the things Vivian does:  -Looks through Emma's phone: I just can't imagine doing something so invasive to my campers (or really anyone, phones are so private).  - Never helps out:- during my time as a camp counselor, I pretended to enjoy sports, I cleaned vomit, I swept the massive auditorium (several times, my camp realized that international staff = cheap labor), I packed like 8 massive suitcases (although, this also has to do with me being really good at packing). I genuinely don't understand how Vivian can stand in the sidelines and tell her campers that she's "supervising" or feel that she can just do nothing to help them out. -Makes fun of her campers: Sure, some counselors have a style that includes teasing campers (and since my tendency to make fun of myself led to my kids thinking I'm actually stupid, I'm not sure if I can really judge anyone's style). That said, Vivian constantly says hurtful things about her campers. This is seriously problematic because campers do remember these things and she's causing damage.  -Gossips about her campers with other campers: My 10-11 year olds had tons of drama and I had to try and mediate and sure, it was very tempting to pick sides and go, "heck yeah, this girl is mean, you're so right!" but you can't do that (even though I absolutely had picked sides). All together, this is beyond unprofessional. This type of behavior is harmful and never gets addressed in the book. Young people see counselors as role models. When a counselor acts like this, it opens the door for everyone else to act this way (or, as I learned in camp, "why do I have to make my bed when you don't make yours?"). I realize this is a fictional story but I wonder if Sullivan has ever been at camp or why she would portray something that's so far from reality.    I realize I can't speak for all camps and that surely there are different camp experiences but the sheer lack of awareness here felt jarring and made it hard for me to see anything else. All in all, it felt impossible for me to look at this book as anything but deeply inappropriate. It made me so uncomfortable and disgusted.  If the author wanted to create a camp romance, she could have (a) had done the relationship between two counselors (you have no idea about the drama between counselors, it was unreal) or (b) set this a few years after camp. They could have met in college and Vivian could have dramatically admitted that she liked Emma as a counselor but couldn't follow through because of her counselor duties.  As it is now, I just can't recommend this book. I want to support new authors and I want to support LGBT+ romances but the downsides here just overpower the advantages. I hope Sullivan continues writing and will definitely keep an eye out for her next book.  What I'm Taking With Me: - How the heck did Vivian even have time and mental energy for a romance? There were days when I barely had time to shower.  - Also, there were so many annoying troupes here. Like, the mom who's rude to the girlfriend.  - Don't even get me started about Lauren because that is another mess and I could probably write a 2500 word essay on why Lauren's character is a badly written mistake.  - And isn't it weird that there's so much competition about being a counselor but no official or fair way to get in? I mean, as a family run business, surely they do need to be careful about nepotism.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    Okay. Where do I begin? Thank you to Netgalley, Rebecca, and Wattpad for an advance copy of this book. Wattpad is notoriously hit or miss with their published works. This is a miss. Was it ever edited? Did anyone else review it before printing it up? There's some potential here but it's like Wattpad Pub just took the rough draft of the rough draft of the first draft and just called it a day. The good: diverse main character (LGBTQ), explores a relationship with an unaccepting parent, old friendshi Okay. Where do I begin? Thank you to Netgalley, Rebecca, and Wattpad for an advance copy of this book. Wattpad is notoriously hit or miss with their published works. This is a miss. Was it ever edited? Did anyone else review it before printing it up? There's some potential here but it's like Wattpad Pub just took the rough draft of the rough draft of the first draft and just called it a day. The good: diverse main character (LGBTQ), explores a relationship with an unaccepting parent, old friendships, rivalries/frenemies, parent relationships (yes, a YA novel with parents who are actually present!), and the plot had potential. The bad: the character development, the execution of the plot, the characters were so bland that I kept getting them all confused, the romance was awful to the point that it took me 3/4 of the book to figure out who the love interest was supposed to be (I was wondering if it was a queer Harem for awhile there, seriously), the writing was repetitive, and that may be it. Seriously, a queer summer camp novel about a supportive family while also putting an unsupportive parent in their place could've been such a great read, but yeah, unfortunately this one wasn't it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    lauraღ

    Oh, this was unfortunate. This is a YA, coming of age story about a lesbian finding love at summer camp; a summer camp which is tied up in a traumatising incident she had years ago. The themes and intent of this book are all very well-meaning, but the way in which it was executed was not very good at all. The writing isn't all bad; the author is trying for a sort of romantic comedy type feel, with humour and hijinks and sarcasm. Some of that gets pulled off well, but the majority of it just leav Oh, this was unfortunate. This is a YA, coming of age story about a lesbian finding love at summer camp; a summer camp which is tied up in a traumatising incident she had years ago. The themes and intent of this book are all very well-meaning, but the way in which it was executed was not very good at all. The writing isn't all bad; the author is trying for a sort of romantic comedy type feel, with humour and hijinks and sarcasm. Some of that gets pulled off well, but the majority of it just leaves me with a huge 'missed a step while going downstairs' feeling. Punchlines to jokes that weren't well executed, witty rejoinders that fell flat, banter that had no backbone and felt very meaningless. I get the intention of all the relationships that Emma had, but the way that they were built (or rather, not built) was so shallow. The book told me that Emma and Gwen were best friends, but I didn't feel that. The book told me that she cultivated a found family at camp, but I didn't feel that. The book told me that Emma and Vivian fell in love, and I certainly did not feel that. And like. Yikes. Let's talk about Vivian. I was so sure that the book was doing the young adult thing were there's an unlikable character who does bad things, but by the end of the book they learn their lesson and they're a better person. But... no. Vivian does so much shady stuff that just isn't addressed. Going through Emma's phone, unfairly delegating tasks, cutting little comments and actions... The book focuses a lot on Lauren's bullying and calls her out for it, but honestly, a lot of the things Vivian does are not cute and could also be construed as bullying. And the thing is, I know that the author is NOT trying to be malicious, and portray a toxic relationship as something good. I know all this stuff is INTENDED to be light-hearted and humorous. But it just didn't work out that way. I didn't enjoy this relationship at all. And unfortunately, the book in itself was just kind of dull. I skimmed through the last quarter. Kudos to the author for writing it (I see that it was a NaNoWriMo book). It had some good things to say about coming out and being yourself, bad parents, and talked about therapy and mental health in positive ways. And I liked the way it ended. But sadly, the bones of this book are shaky through and through. Wouldn't really recommend it for a young adult audience without some significant changes. ☆ Review copy provided via NetGalley.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vighnesh Muraly

    Wow, this was really bad. I really hated the main character. She was so bratty and annoying and the love interest was even more annoying. They were both so annoyed and the love story itself was so bad and I didn't care for it at all. The writing was okay but it felt really empty, I couldn't feel anything from the writing and it was a bit too descriptive.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I found this book in the “read now” section on netgalley and thought it sounded interesting. And I loved it! It was such a fun contemporary/coming of age novel! I loved the characters and the banter, and I loved the rep for mental health! I liked that this wasn’t a “love cures all” type of story, but still showed the difference love can make! This book does need some editing, but it’s nothing major that affects the story. I recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, cute summer read.

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