Cold Summer by Gwen ColeCold Summer by Gwen Cole

Cold Summer

byGwen Cole

Hardcover | May 2, 2017

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Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.

Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn't had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Is Kale’s death inevitable? Does this mean that, one of these days, when Kale travels to the past, he may not come back?

Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
Gwen Cole grew up in upstate New York and then moved to Virginia, where she did not graduate college. Instead she played bass guitar in a hardcore band and later married the lead guitarist. She enjoys large jigsaw puzzles, playing Xbox, and watching movies. Her newest novel, Ride On, releases in May, 2018. Gwen now lives in Richmond wi...
Title:Cold SummerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Sky Pony PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1510707662

ISBN - 13:9781510707665


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Time-Travel With a Side of Family Drama I like the idea of time-travel and all but family drama isn't usually exactly something I like to read. The book was in two perspectives which means that some people tend to like one character more than the other, which was what happened to me. I was interested more with Kale's adventures in the past then any other part of the book. When that turned out to be not the focus of the book, I tried to focus on the romance. The romance also wasn't the main focus of the book. I found it very frustrating after reading the summary and finding the structure of the book to be different. The book was made to portray a different kind of romance, a more realistic depiction of two childhood friends who grow closer together. Therefore I found the book to be too realistic in the way that it had a lack of focus. Which is why I thought it would be more interesting IF Kale had multiple personalities (his past and future personas). While it is understandable that Kale would develop PTSD, I think it would be more likely if he was split in two by the constant back and forth, living two lives in no way similar (something that troops in WW2 in the book didn't have , being stuck in the same time period). #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A pretty good read I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This story reminded me a lot of The Time Traveller’s Wife, but with teens (obviously) and a slightly happier ending. It was an engrossing read, and I sped through it in a single sitting. The narrative immediately jumped into the story with very little background, which added an element of mystery to it that I liked. Cole’s world building was excellent, and I particularly enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the WWII scenes. Kale is a well constructed character with a lot of depth – his PTSD felt pretty grounded in reality, even if the cause was rather fantastic. But the other characters were inconsistent – idealized and a bit flat, really. It’s difficult to be emotionally invested in characters of this type, and it caused some distance between me and the story. It pulled me out of the narrative quite a bit. Kale’s WWII experiences are really what made this story a good read. I just wish it had been a great read.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Intriguing Time Travel YA Read! Harrowing, intense and poignantly emotional! In this debut novel by Cole, she gives us a time-travel piece full of familial dynamics, friendship, teenage angst, fear, guilt, abandonment, trust, disappointment, unconditional support, and young love. The writing is earnest and smooth. The characters are troubled, vulnerable and coming of age. And the plot, although a little inconsistent in pace at times, provides a captivating, heart-rending look at the psychological and physical effects of war, the struggles of finding one's identity and place in the world, and the nervousness and excitement of falling in love for the first time. Overall, I would have to say this is a quick, enjoyable, moving YA read with endearing characters you can't help but root for and hope they find peace and happiness.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Calm Yet Intense Story Cold Summer is a book that's difficult to review. I didn't love the book but I liked it. It's enjoyable because the slow pacing allows you to experience every moment clearly but the slowness also made it feel like very little happens in the book. The story carried a calm atmosphere but with a storyline that increased in intensity. I loved the surreal quality to the book. Kale's ability is too strange yet it's real and dictates his whole life. I felt so hopeless for him as he again and again got dragged into another timeline. It was hard watching Kale live his other life knowing what was waiting for him at the end. His real life suffered harshly because of it but when Harper reenters his life, he gets a chance to pull free. Harper was a constant in Kale's ever-changing life. She motivated him to want to work things out with his dad, to want to try to control his ability. Harper had her own headaches but it never stopped her from wanting to help Kale. They had mutual understanding and respect which made for a very sweet and healthy relationship. It was adorable watching their budding romance blossom. Ms. Cole does a wonderful job illustrating the past Kale travels to. Every time he went, I could picture the battlefields vividly. It's never explained why Kale has this special ability but I would never want to be in his position. Though I'd love to get a background, I also accept that some things just are. Realizing Kale's traumas had a purpose brought out exactly how meaningful the story is. What Kale went through mattered. There was pain in this story but there was also healing. A lot of good came out of the bad. If magical realism is your cup of tea then I'd suggest picking up a copy of Cold Summer. The character growth, sensible romance and dramatic worlds are all worth investing your time in.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excitement of time travel + complexities of PTSD This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. I love time travel books, and COLD SUMMER blended the excitement of time travel beautifully with the complexities of PTSD, war, romance, friendship, and family. It was more than just a time travel book; it had heart and emotion and depth. I especially loved the family dynamics. There were family members who didn't act like family, and non-family members who did. I love found family, and COLD SUMMER did a fantastic job of exploring those relationships that can fill the holes in your heart made by those who are supposed to love you unconditionally, but don't. And the writing is so contemplative, full of powerful lines like, "It's weird to miss something I'll never have and never did," and "He's only half of what he used to be, slowly learning how to become himself again." If time travel is even the tiniest bit up your alley, you should definitely pick up this one.
Date published: 2017-05-03

Editorial Reviews

"Cold Summer is quietly intense, and filled with simple beauty. A story of a girl who has lost her place, a boy lost in time, and the universal pull to find home." -Kristen Simmons, author of Article 5 and Metaltown"A heart-wrenching ride through past and present, Cold Summer beautifully explores the bonds of family-the ones we're born into, and the ones we choose." -Sarah Marsh, author of Fear the Drowning Deep"A poignant and heartfelt journey." -Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series"An addictive, emotional, deeply original, and beautifully-written time-travel tale that simultaneously offers up an engrossing plot and complex, real relationships. Just incredible! Read it." -Martina Boone, award-winning author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy"There's no time like the present in this time-travel romance." -Kirkus Reviews