Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: June 28, 2022
From critically acclaimed author Katrina Leno comes a tender love letter to books and summertime, with a touch of magic.
Anna Lucia Bell believes in luck: bad luck. Bad luck made her best friend stop talking to her. Bad luck caused her parents’ divorce. Bad luck is forcing her mother, Miriam, to sell the family’s beloved bookstore. And it is definitely bad luck that Anna seems to be the only person in the world Miriam is unable to recommend a life-changing book.
When Anna finds out that she and her mom are spending two months in a New England seaside town called Rockport, she expects a summer plagued with bad luck too. But Rockport has surprises in store for Anna, including a comet making its first appearance in over twenty years and two new—but familiar—friends.
In what will prove to be the most important summer of her life so far, Anna learns about love, herself, and the magic that an ordinary summer can bring.
About the Author:
Katrina Leno was born on the East Coast and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of six critically acclaimed novels: Horrid, You Must Not Miss, Summer of Salt, Everything All at Once, The Lost & Found, and The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Her seventh novel, Sometime in Summer, arrives June 28 2022. She thinks you are just lovely.
I have a couple of Katrina Leno Books on my TBR and am yet to read them as I was unsure that I would like them. But after getting a place on the Sometime in Summer Blog Tour with the wonderful TBR Tours & Beyond I know now that I will enjoy them.
I loved the homage to books and their authors running throughout the story' loved Miriam, Everett, Emmy and Beck were really great characters and made the story but Anna I found annoying, ungrateful and didn't know how lucky she was. Her incessant chopping and changing calling her Mum and Dad's first names when she felt like it and her problems were bigger than anyone else's just made me want to put the book down and I did.
Katrina's writing style and her using magical realism in a way that I only have seen in adult novels as well as turning Rockport into a living and breathing character really helped to call me back to the book and I am really glad I soldiered on. For all these reasons I am giving Sometime in Summer 4 stars.