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Fifteenth Summer

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bookish girl finds love -- and herself -- in sweet romance.

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FIFTEENTH SUMMER may not be steeped in realism, but for readers who like happily sighing through romantic books and movies, this will be a good fit. The small town is outrageously charming, from a cinematic party hosted on a dock by local teens -- which ends when they send hand-painted lanterns into the night sky -- to the quirky sisterhood of waitresses at the local diner, who take Chelsea under their wings and give her a summer job, as well as wise advice when it looks like her relationship with Josh is fizzling out.

Chelsea and her family are constantly doing charming things, such as berry picking, taking gourmet picnics to the beach, and throwing marshmallows at the screen during Lifetime Original Movie watching. And these form the backdrop for the main story about Chelsea sharing romantic outings and smooches with her summer soul mate. Certainly something to swoon over.

Book Details

  • Author: Michelle Dalton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: May 7, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: April 23, 2020

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