Summer Constellations by Alisha SevignySummer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny

Summer Constellations

byAlisha Sevigny

Hardcover | May 1, 2018

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Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?

But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.

Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.

Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.

As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.

But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love --- and leave --- one's childhood home.
Title:Summer ConstellationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.38 × 6.5 × 0.88 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:177138929X

ISBN - 13:9781771389297

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for the beach! This is a very sweet summer story. It follows a girl named Julia and her family. They own and run a seasonal campground. It starts the first day of summer vacation after her graduation. This day consists of her best friend leaving for the summer, her finding out the boy she was waiting to spend the summer with has arrived with his girlfriend and her mother is considering selling their family campground to pay off their medical bills from when her brother was ill. Not a great start to the summer until she meets a tall dark and handsome stranger in the dock. There is immediate chemistry but you soon find out he is the son of the enemy – the people who are interested in buying the campground. This book is an easy read – it flows well and I liked it a lot. The drama level was pretty low but enough to keep the reader engaged. This book of perfect for older teen readers and up. There are some sexual situations.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sparkles with humour and sizzles with a dreamy romance With a lakeside family owned camp ground as a backdrop, this young adult summer tale is layered with nostalgic settings of snack shops and night time canoe rides under a canopy of stars. Julia is a relatable character in regards to her motivation and choices. The reader can’t help but cheer for her to not only get the right guy, but to save her family’s home as well. Her relationship with her younger brother is especially endearing, being funny at times without sacrificing an authenticity in their scenes. Between astronomy lessons and yoga philosophies, Sevigny effortlessly weaves a thoughtful story of learning to fight for the thing you love the most while interspersing a good old fashioned treasure hunt mystery. A coming of age tale with an environmental angle, Summer Constellations, sparkles with humour and sizzles with a dreamy romance, hitting all the right notes, leaving the reader satisfied. An excellent choice for those who enjoy a smart summer romance layered with varied and well developed characters who are as natural and refreshing as a summer breeze off the lake.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! A charming and breezy summer read. The writing is so evocative of hot summer nights and young romance and the characters are very likeable. Another hit by Sevigny!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Drop everything for this delicious summer read! Great characters and a fantastic plot allow this story to take you away to the wild woods and dream of summers past. Another fantastic YA novel by Sevigny.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This One! So so fun! You should all read this book. It conjures up memories of summer days spent close to the water, romance, and family. Beautifully written. A must read for Summer 2018!
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for teens and adults! This was such a great read. A fantastically written page-turner with gorgeous descriptions and heartfelt family relationships. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Breezy Fun Summer Constellations was a quick if not somewhat predictable summery read. While I didn't click with the characters as much as I would've liked, I definitely fell in love with the setting. The most magical part of Summer Constellation was the campground. It sounds like a magnificent property full of beauty and tranquility. The thought of breathing in the fresh air, jumping into clear water, taking in a starry night sky and just embracing nature has me longing to go camping (even though I've only ever camped a grand total of once in my life haha). I loved the importance of family and the unexpected treasure hunt in the story. Julia's family had their differences but they held an unbreakable bond. Julia's devotion to her family and their home was the best. She sometimes came off as a bit childish but I loved her strong and adamant attitude on protecting her family home. The campground wasn't just a piece of property to Julia. It was more than just her home- it was a piece of her and she did everything in her power to hold on to it. The romance in this one was insta-lovey. I was surprised at how easily Julia got together with Nick. Arguably they started out as little more than a summer fling but given the reservations she showed with her ex-crush Dan, her bold actions with Nick felt a tad unbelievable. They were sweet together but their relationship just moved too fast. Don't go into Summer Constellations expecting an epic love story. Instead, enjoy a quick and easy summer romance complete with breathtaking sceneries and heartfelt familial bonds.
Date published: 2018-05-03