The Lost Summer

The Lost Summer

by Kathryn Williams


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The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams

"I died one summer, or I almost did. Part of me did. I don't say that to be dramatic, only because it's true."

For the past nine years, Helena Waite has been returning to summer camp at Southpoint. Every year the camp and its familiar routines, landmarks, and people have welcomed her back like a long-lost family member. But this year she is returning not as a camper, but as a counselor, while her best friend, Katie Bell remains behind. All too quickly, Helena discovers that the innocent world of campfires, singalongs, and field days have been pushed aside for late night pranks on the boys' camp, skinny dipping in the lake, and stolen kisses in the hayloft. As she struggles to define herself in this new world, Helena begins to lose sight of what made camp special and the friendships that have sustained her for so many years. And when Ransome, her longtime crush, becomes a romantic reality, life gets even more confusing.

Told with honesty and heart, Kathryn Williams' second novel tackles the timeless theme of growing up, set at a camp where innocence is created and lost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423101291
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Williams is a freelance writer and editor living in Nashville, Tennesee. She is the author of the young adult novel The Debutante, and Roomies: Sharing Your Home with Friends, Strangers, and Total Freaks. For more information, visit her on the Web at

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The Lost Summer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i could not stop reading it
Suzie_Beth17 More than 1 year ago
cute story
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VermeerJg More than 1 year ago
Having worked in an all-girls-school, I found this novel to be palpablly life-like. The internal dialogue is sharply accurate in it's blatant honesty while capturing the conflicting priorities that typify the age of the characters. A perceptive, entertaining and nimble read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Helena Waite is finally a counselor at Southpoint, a summer camp for girls. She's been going to camp for years, and it is all she looks forward to. The bad part is, Katie Bell, her best friend, missed the counselor age requirement by a few months, and is therefore stuck as a camper for another year. Katie Bell and Helena swear camp will be the same. But Helena thinks it will be different. And it is. Helena leaves Katie Bell behind for her counselor friends, and Ransome, her long-time crush who has become a reality. I was a little disappointed in THE LOST SUMMER. The ending was a complete surprise that I didn't see coming, which is always a good thing, but a lot of the time I found myself quite annoyed by Helena, what with her treating her best friend the way she did. With me knowing so much about camp, it made me curious, because most of the time it seemed as though there was nobody watching the campers. I really thought this book was going to be different, but overall it's an entertaining read.
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