The summer of 1979 should have been a magical time of panning for gold in the creek and catching fireflies in a jar. Instead, nothing is turning out the way 12 year old Annie expected: her best friend is away at camp, Connor Bartlett barely notices her anymore, and her parents and sister, trying to protect her from the reality of her grandmother's illness, only seem to further isolate her.
Desperate to find a sense of meaning in an ever-changing world, Annie turns to an unlikely confidant: a reclusive young veteran at war with his own past. As the summer days pass and her 13th birthday draws closer, Annie discovers that growing up doesn't always mean leaving everything behind.
|Publisher:||Brown Beagle Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Her adult career has spanned freelance writing and editing, marketing and communications, and foreign exchange, but her passion for fiction has lasted a lifetime. She's currently at work on her first full-length novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having had a grandfather with Alzheimer's I found the outlook of Annie on her Grandmother, as well as early teen life, very interesting. I could feel her pain and misunderstanding at her Grandmother's disease, and I could relate to her awkward angst while facing boys, siblings and parents. Excellent job Susan.
Gold in the Days of Summer reminds me of my own childhood, even though I was a child of the eighties. It's set in a simpler time when neighborhood kids played outside till dusk, when families baked pies for local church auctions, when boys kissed girls right before chasing after them. The plot is subtle and sweet and perfect for the genre, but hard to describe without giving away the ending. All I can say is that throughout the book, the images in my mind were soft and fuzzy reds and blues and greens with a gold filter overlaying every scene. I could smell the baked goods, I could feel the hot, sticky air seeping into my skin, I could hear the fresh laundry whipping through the wind. Again, I can't explain it. Somehow, the setting took over my senses in a way that few non-fantasy/sci-fi books have. But that's not even the best part of this book, because it's the charming characters and the witty dialog that really pulled me in. My favorites are Annie, Conner, and a mysterious character that I've come to think of as The Soldier. If you loved shows like Gilmore Girls, movies like My Girl and Flipped, or books like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will LOVE Gold in the Days of Summer. I wouldn't be surprised if this book were ranked among literary classics someday. It just fits. I had the biggest smile on my face by the time I read the last few sentences. You'll see what I mean once you read.