Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing for teens and tweens, and, sometimes, you can catch her writing contemporary, sweet romances. STAINED GLASS SUMMER is a middle grade coming-of-age novel and an EPIC Ebook Award Finalist in Children's, and WEAVING MAGIC is a young adult romance. Her picture book, FINDERS KEEPERS is available as a picture book app from MeeGenius Publishing. Mindy's contemporary, sweet romance stories include: ROMANCE FOR ALL THE SEASONS, NEW YEAR HEART SONG, HALLOWEEN LOVE FORTUNE, VINTAGE VALENTINE, and WINDS OF LOVE. Mindy runs a poetry workshop with teens in a juvenile detention. She says that her best ideas come from the teens.
Stained Glass Summerby Mindy Hardwick
Twelve-year-old Jasmine adores her photographer Father and wants to be an artist just like him. But when Dad abandons the family, Jasmine is sent to spend the summer with her Uncle on a Pacific Northwest Island. Soon, Jasmine is learning stained glass from island glass artist, Opal, and thinking she might just be developing a crush on Island boy, Cole. But, it's not until Jasmine finds herself mentoring another young artist that she can truly let go of her Father and call herself an artist by her own terms.
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First offering by this author. Loved the imagery of the Pacific Northwest and island life there. Think tween girls can really relate to this story.
Stained Glass Summer is about a young girl trying to find herself through her art after her father leaves. She goes to spend the summer with her uncle and learns how to make stained glass art. I liked quite a bit of this book. The beginning was interesting, and I liked the way Jasmine connected with her art and searched for inspiration. The writing flows smoothly and quickly. It's a fast read and can easily be read in a couple of hours. I liked the growth that Jasmine experiences over the summer and the new things that she learns. The one thing I didn't like was Jasmine's attraction to Cole. She was twelve, and he was thirteen, yet she kept talking about his bulging muscles and how nicely his pants hung on his hips. Those are the thoughts of a much older girl, not a twelve year old. And what thirteen year old boy has muscles? If it weren't for the love interest, I probably would have given the book another star, because I did like it. I just didn't find the love interest to be appropriate or relatable for the intended age group. Content: Very mature crush on a boy. Clean otherwise.