A coming-of-age novel set in the early 1960s in Minneapolis, The Summer Sherman Loved Me is an honest look at the struggles of a twelve-year-old girl that transcends time. As Margaret tries to sort out her strained relationship with her mother and her feelings for her neighbor who claims to love her, readers join her in her journey discovering what it means to grow up.
About the Author
Jane St. Anthony is the author of Grace Above All and Isabelle Day Refuses to Die from a Broken Heart. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The Summer Sherman Loved Me
By St. Anthony, Jane
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)Copyright © 2006 St. Anthony, Jane
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From The Summer Sherman Loved Me
"Margaret, I love you," Sherman Jenson whispered loudly
from his porch across our front yards the first time I slept on
my porch during summer vacation.
I lay still. My face and body were lower than the windowsill.
From next door, Sherman must have seen me come out. My
chest swelled with pressure. My heart was too full.
A dull thud followed from next door, then the muffled cries of
Bobby, Sherman's brother. Sherman was older and larger than
Bobby. Bobby's legs were so skinny there didn't seem to be
room for bones in them.
Suddenly Sherman's voice was so close to my ear that it seemed
to be in my head. He had come outside. His face pressed
against the porch screen.
Was I supposed to say something? Was this supposed to be a
"Margaret," Sherman said, "come outside."
When we were younger, Sherman and I rode bikes together in
the summer. He liked to show off for me, riding with no hands.
I hardly ever saw him upclose anymore.
Sherman Jenson was almost thirteen. He had the kind of arms
that could rescue girls . . . He was blond. He was cute. And I
- too tall, with brown hair and no memorable features - must
look cute to him, if he loved me.
But leave the porch?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book! By turns humorous, thoughtful, fast-paced, reflective, The Summer Sherman Loved Me is filled with life growing up in the 1960s, when a young boy could sneak up to a sleeping porch at midnight and whisper that he loves the main character and they could set off on a midnight adventure in their pajamas, all the while the young girl wonders what he means by love and whether she knows what love is. The cast of characters are heartwarming. This is an excellent family read-aloud in spite of the title making it sound like a romance novel. It's about life, fun, and growing up.
This book is not that good it is good in the beginning. The charectures is not that understandable. I wonder if this author writes any books and if they were good. This book is okay its not bad but it wasn't that good descriptive and the people didn't really like eachother that much I thought they would like like eachother but they always fought. This book is okay I reccomend this book to anyone.
All I have to say is: wow this book is amazing. My mom is always worried I'm reading books above my age (I'm twelve) and she even said this is a great book for pre-teens. Anyway, I read this book In three hours! I sat out on my porch at my house and just read and read and read! I recommend this book to anyone especially girls and girls who think that they are falling in love.
This is one of THE best books I have read. EVER. I read it so fast, but it was awesome. This book will have you at the tip of your toes all the time, and you just keep reading. :) READ IT. YOU WON'T BE DISSAPPOINTED.