Synopses & Reviews
Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Ann Brashare's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Judy Blume's Summer Sisters.
Four best friends, five summers of camp memories
Emma, Skylar, Jo, and Maddie have all come back to camp for a weekend of tipsy canoe trips to the island, midnight skinny dipping in the lake, and an epic game of capture the flagboys versus girls. But the weekend isn't quite as sunwashed as they'd imagined as the memories come flooding back. . . .
The summer we were nine: Emma was branded Skylars friend Emma” by the infamous Adam Loring . . .
The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth . . .
The summer we were eleven: Johanna totally freaked out during her first game of Spin the Bottle . . .
The summer we were twelve: Skylars love letters from her boyfriend back home were exciting to all of usexcept Skylar . . .
Our last summer together: Emma and Adam almost kissed. Jo found out Maddies secret. Skylar did something unthinkable . . . and whether we knew it then or not, five summers of friendship began to fall apart.
A young adult book with a friendship story that will last long after the last s'more is gone.
"A winning story about coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed." -School Library Journal
"Beautifully captures that sense of summer as a golden threshold between past regrets and future unknowns." -The Washington Post
"Step back--it's going to fly off the shelves."--School Library Journal
"A delectable companion to [Perkins's] debut hit, Anna and the French Kiss."--Kirkus Reviews
"Snappy dialogue...a lively romance."--Publishers Weekly
"Vivid, warm, familiar and bittersweet, Five Summers
is a welcome escape, full of moments that linger beyond the final pages."—Jodi Lynn Anderson, author of the New York Times
“LaMarche has skillfully bottled the summer camp experience, right down to bug juice and Capture the Flag, into a lighthearted summer read.”—School Library Journal
“LaMarche manages no small feat in drawing four distinct teenage girl characters, and even her minor characters are individualized and well fleshed-out.”—VOYA
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A New York Times bestseller
Shes got it all figured out.
Or does she? When it comes to relationships, Remys got a whole set of rules.
Never get too serious. Never let him break your heart. And never, ever date a musician.
But then Remy meets Dexter, and the rules dont seem to apply anymore.
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Remy and Dexter jump off the pages into the hearts of readers, who will wish for a romance like this of their own.” Booklist
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
About the Author
Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.