Cold Summer

Cold Summer

by Gwen Cole


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510729940
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 482,068
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

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 with her husband, daughter, and very large dog, but she longs to live in the country again.

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Cold Summer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I overall just wasn't a huge fan of this one. I liked the story well enough, but I honestly just couldn't connect with any of the characters, which made it hard to like the novel as a whole. It looks like I'm in the minority for this one, however, so it looks like it just wasn't the book for me. See more reviews at my blog!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful book to read. I would highly recommend it to everyone. The characters are likeable that you don't want the book to end.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
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.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole starts off with Kale sitting in his yard thinking about how his life has changed. The mystery of this change pulled me into the story. Harper is moving into her Uncle Jasper's home where she's spent her summers when she was younger. She's looking forward to seeing the neighbors, Kale and his family. The alternating points of view between Kale and Harper tell their stories, bits at a time. Kale struggles with daily life and responsibilities because he gets pulled out of the present and travels to the past. He feels like he has absolutely no control over his life and he's been kicked off the baseball team and expelled from school, slowly losing everything he cares about. He has been traveling into a World War II war zone and it's happening more often. Harper helps Kale deal with the time traveling and gives him something to be happy about. This book is genre bending since it's historical fiction (World War II), science fiction (time travel), contemporary and romance all in one; 4 stars.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a good time travel book, so when Gwen emailed me about her book, I was all over it, without knowing more than that about it. Love love loved Harper and Kale. They're both such good people and I really enjoyed getting the dual POV. Their chemistry was more about the connection between them and it was fantastic. The plot is a bit of a slow burn, even when Kale is in the war time period, but the entire book has sort of a quiet anticipation that I wasn't expecting. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I loved the build up and the ending and could easily read these two forever. **Huge thanks to Gwen for providing the arc free of charge**