Skip to main content

Fifteenth Summer

Review

Fifteenth Summer

Fifteen year old Chelsea is not looking forward to her annual summer trip to Bluepointe, Michigan. It will be her family's first time there after the death of her beloved grandmother, and Chelsea isn't looking forward to dredging up the painful memories she knows will come with staying in her grandmother's cabin without it's former owner. Plus, she recently broke her e-reader after taking it into the shower with her, and her parents rationed how many paperbacks she could bring on the trip. This is a major annoyance for a voracious reader like Chelsea. However, her attitude changes when she meet-cutes Josh, the son of the owners of Bluepointe's local bookstore, where she goes to replenish her stock of literature. The two spark an instant connection, and suddenly, Chelsea's dreaded FIFTEENTH SUMMER becomes her first summer of love. 

"With it's interesting characters, a romance devoid of sap, and a strong female lead, FIFTEENTH SUMMER is definitely worth a read."

Chelsea and Josh's romance is very realistic, with its typical teenage ups and downs and never falls into treacly territory.  However, what really makes the novel work is that fact that even though it focuses heavily on Josh and Chelsea's romance, it isn't consumed by it. Chelsea's relationships with her two older sisters and her best friend from home are well-written, and Michelle Dalton infuses the novel with an undercurrent of grief as Chelsea's family mourns their matriarch. These two things, along with another well-executed subplot involving Chelsea's financial struggles, set FIFTEENTH SUMMER apart from most other teen romance novels.
 

With it's interesting characters, a romance devoid of sap, and a strong female lead, FIFTEENTH SUMMER is definitely worth a read. It's summer setting makes it a perfect book to take to the beach or the lake as the weather gets warmer!

Reviewed by Erin Allen on June 6, 2013

Fifteenth Summer
by Michelle Dalton

  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 1442472677
  • ISBN-13: 9781442472679