Synopses & Reviews
From the author of "48 Shades of Brown" comes this funny and touching novel about a 17-year-old boy's last summer before he enters the "real world."
"Those who have had the pleasure of meeting Dan, the philosophical, klutzy hero of Earls's 48 Shades of Brown, will find an equally endearing and amusing protagonist in Alex, a high-school graduate in limbo. Spending the Australian summer (which falls during America's winter months) at the beach with his mother, Alex is ticking off the days until he receives his 'offer' from a university ('I'm observing but not participating, squandering these counting-down days, willing January to come to an end, willing it not to'). But then something unexpected happens. Alex, who fears he is destined to become 'Nerd King' and has never had a girlfriend, falls in love with a beautiful local surfer who, miraculously, seems to love him back. Once again preferring humor over sentiment, Earls encapsulates the passion, angst, awkwardness and excitement of first romance and at the same time evokes the joy of living for the moment instead of brooding about the future. As different as night and day, uptight Alex, spawned by now-divorced yuppies, and free-spirited Fortuna, the daughter of hippie peddlers (who makes a game of revealing her name), form a comical, unlike -ly duo, who somehow seem to bring out the best in each other. Through a cast of sharply defined characters, the author wittily conveys universal truths about life and love, reminding readers that Cupid's arrow, often flung at the most unlikely times and places, can strike anyone. Ages 13-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
doesn't make a big deal about his characters' worlds colliding. He just
throws together individuals with seemingly different personalities and
philosophies and lets them all get along." --Horn Book
"The story of summer love may not be new, but After Summer is tender and enticing, and will touch many teens hearts." School Library Journal
"Earls lets this minimally plotted story unfold with the languidness of summer, quietly and slowly. His language is appropriately rhythmic and smooth as he tells a wistful, familiar tale of a summer romance that quietly and realistically captures the feelings of a first love." Booklist, ALA
"Appealingly, Earls doesn't make a big deal about his characters' worlds colliding. He just throws together individuals with seemingly different personalities and philosophies and lets them all get along." --Horn Book Horn Book
This summer is different. School is over for Alex Delaney, and hes waiting for his university acceptance, only seventeen days away. The waiting is killing him. Hes not expecting much from summer. Bodysurfing, TV, but mainly waiting.
So hes not ready for the girl who cuts past him on a wave. Not at all prepared for her perfect balance on the board, the elegant muscles of her shoulders and back. Just a girl. Compelling green eyes, golden skin, something graceful and elusive about her. Summer is about to change.
About the Author
Nick Earls lives in Brisbane, Australia, where he writes for both children and adults. His previous Graphia book, 48 Shades of Brown, won Australia's Children's Book Council Book of the Year for Older Readers. It also received the following praise: