From Robin Constantine, author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction, comes a funny and heartfelt summer romance set in New Jersey. Perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Jenny Han, and Morgan Matson.
Cassidy Emmerich is reeling from a sudden, humiliating breakup. The last thing she wants to do is stick around and be reminded of her ex everywhere she goes. On impulse, she decides to spend the summer with her father and his family at their Jersey Shore bed-and-breakfast. A different scene and a new job working as a camp counselor seem like the perfect recipe for forgetting Gavin as quickly as possible—not to mention for avoiding him until he leaves for college.
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with a girl and have her put her head on your shoulder. Last year he made one false move—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. But this summer, he’s back at his camp job and is determined to reclaim his independence—and his confidence.
Cass is expecting two months of healing her broken heart.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither is expecting to fall in love.
After Cassidy breaks up with her boyfriend, Gavin, she needs time and space to herself, so she decides to spend the summer three hours away from home at the Jersey Shore bed-and-breakfast run by her father and his new family. Working as a day-camp counselor and entertaining her younger stepbrother are welcome distractions for Cassidy; so is Bryan, a cute counselor and former surfer who is struggling to redefine himself after an accident left him partially paralyzed. He and Cassidy start out as friends, but their relationship soon takes a romantic turn. When Gavin contacts Cassidy, wanting to get back together, she has to decide whether to forgive him for his cheating or to create a new beginning with Bryan. With its dreamy beach setting and sympathetic heroine, this summer love story, alternately narrated by Cassidy and Bryan, will satisfy romance buffs. Readers will likely predict how things will turn out fairly early on, but Constantine (The Promise of Amazing) delivers believable dialogue, relatable dilemmas, and a sensitive exploration of disability both its challenges and the occasional #wheelchairperk, as Bryan puts it. Ages 14 up.