Summer Constellations

Summer Constellations

by Alisha Sevigny


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781525300431
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 781,788
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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Summer Constellations 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mind-of-Luxe More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. When I first saw this on Netgalley, I just knew that I had to request this. The book summary sounded great, and not to mention the gorgeous cover! I knew that I would like this, but I didn’t expect to love Summer Constellations. To start off, Julia Ducharme is such an interesting character which I connected to instantly. Julia is witty, sweet, passionate, and I think her love for astronomy kinda rubbed off on me; I learned several cool facts! Aside from that, Julia wants to save their campground not only because it’s the only home she and her family grew up in, but she also wants to preserve the beautiful nature from being turned into a casino. Nick Constantine, on the other hand, is the epitome of perfection. He is just so charming, gentle, and the best boyfriend anyone can ever ask for. He just knows what to say all the time, and he jumped in front of a freaking skunk for Julia and her little brother! Other than that, I love how Nick and Julia’s conversations are mostly about stuff that matter. Not just banter and small talk. And don’t forget Caleb, Julia’s little brother. Oh, how I love that nine-year-old kid. He didn’t let his condition hinder him from helping out to save the campground. His passion and bravery is just so amazing to read about. Furthermore, I love how the book mainly focuses on the relationship between Julia and her family, and Julia and Nick; the fact that Julia’s best friend, Paige, went to Osaka in the first chapter of the book contributed to that hence she wasn’t present in most of the book. I would have like a little bit more depth to Julia and Paige’s friendship, though. From the way it was described, I think that the campground is breathtaking and the author did a great job in painting a picture of it in the readers’ mind. I actually have the urge to go to a campground as well for the summer. I definitely recommend this book, especially for fans of contemporary books. This a short but sweet, humorous book perfect for the summer! I will surely be on the look-out for more of Sevigny’s works.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
who doesn't love a good summer camp story? in summer constellations julia is looking forward to summer days spent with her summer love on her family's campground. but summer starts with a bang when her best friend leaves for osaka to spend time with her dad, her mother lets her know that she is considering selling the camp, and the boy she's dreamed of all year shows up with a girlfriend. it's the wrong kind of bang. when julia connects with a mysterious boy out stargazing on the dock, little does she know that her life is going to change. nick is not just the son of the guy trying to buy her campground. he's also her crush's cousin and he might be a little bit famous. she's so hurt and suspicious, but she's also drawn to him. every action nick takes shows that he is on her side. but all the circumstances look bad for him. what is it going to take for julia to trust him. trust in the way they feel above all? this is the sort of dreamy ya i love to read. it feels almost as if it takes place in it's own bubble of reality. maybe it's partially that i had a hard time figuring out where this camp was supposed to be located. like maybe somewhere in the northeastern u.s. but it also could be canada. anyway, nick is super dreamy so you can't help rooting for him and julia to figure things out. **summer constellations published on may 1, 2018. i received a digital copy courtesy of netgalley/kids can press (kcp loft) in exchange for my honest review.
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author for an e-copy in exchange for my honest review. "The moon is a wide band of gold on warm silver waters. Overhead, an infinity of diamonds sparkles just beyond fingertips." This one reminded me so much of a Hallmark movie, and it was exactly what I needed after reading so many fantasy novels back to back. Summer of Constellations follows Julia Ducharme, whose family runs a campground that has been in the family for years. After falling on hard times, the bills have gotten to be too much and they just might have to sell it. Between that and the guy, Julia likes not being who she thought he was, she's not having the best start to her summer. That all starts to change when she meets a guy on the docks, who could just be everything she needs. "I think that despite the reason you're here, you're a good person. Your mom would be proud of you." Overall I really liked and enjoyed this book. It is a perfect summer contemporary read. It does have its predictable moments at times, but I kind of like those in these types of books. Julia and Nick made a good team when they were working on something together. Nick was a little to perfect for my liking at times (this is where it felt a little Hallmark movie-ish to me). I also really liked how Caleb illness was mentioned and explained for a change. There was also the very real worry of his illness coming back at any time. One of the last things I really enjoyed about this book is how involved the mom is, she's always present and worried about what Julia and Caleb are doing. The only thing I wish this book had more of is the mystery of searching for something hidden on the property. It was always on the backburner to Julia's love life, even though it was far more important. "You don't win every fight, but you have to try anyway. The losses make you stronger for the next time."