The Summer We Forgot

The Summer We Forgot

by Caroline George

Narrated by Andi Arndt, Andrew Eiden

Unabridged — 11 hours, 39 minutes

The Summer We Forgot

The Summer We Forgot

by Caroline George

Narrated by Andi Arndt, Andrew Eiden

Unabridged — 11 hours, 39 minutes

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Caroline George once again transports readers with lush, evocative prose, leading them to ask the question: what happens when we can't even trust ourselves?

Some memories are better left forgotten.

Darby and Morgan haven't spoken for two years, and their friend group has splintered. But when the body of their former science teacher is found in the marsh where they attended camp that summer, they realize they have more questions than answers . . . and even fewer memories.

No one remembers-or no one is talking.

The group of reunited friends begins to suspect that a murderer is stalking the coastal highway 30A, and they must try to recover their memories as quickly as possible . . . before the history they can't remember repeats itself.

Everyone has a secret.

As tensions rise and time runs out, Darby and Morgan begin to wonder if they can believe one another . . . or if they can even trust themselves.

  • Young Adult suspense with romance
  • Stand-alone novel

  • Book length: 95,000 words

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Editorial Reviews

Brit & Co

This evocative, suspenseful, and gorgeous coming-of-age story is best read in one sitting.

School Library Journal


Gr 7 Up—Two summers ago, Darby, Morgan, and their friends left for training as camp counselors but returned with fractured friendships and no memory. Now, when the body of their former teacher and camp trainer is discovered in a marsh, they're determined to work together to unlock their hidden memories and discover the truth of the missing summer. But will the truth be more painful than forgetting? George is an eclectic writer and weaves a mix of psychological thriller, love story, and action-filled money heist. While the book focuses on the perspectives of Darby and Morgan, the five other camp counselors play a major role in this modern-day Scooby-Doo gang. Each character is nuanced and well written, providing perspective on issues relevant to teens. Darby and Morgan are romantically involved, but their relationship does not detract from the action. At times, the unfolding details become confusing with so many characters and plot twists to keep track of, but the story moves relatively quickly and remains engaging. Further, the plot twists and "bad guys" are genuinely surprising, making this a well-rounded drama. The ethnicitie of characters aren't stated. VERDICT Fans of true crime and mysteries akin to Karen M. McManus or E. Lockhart will enjoy this title. A solid addition to any collection.—Kaitlin Malixi

Kirkus Reviews

Teens become embroiled in a murder investigation when their science teacher’s body is discovered at the camp they all attended.

Two summers ago, Darby Wallis and her ex-boyfriend, Morgan Rhodell, broke up after Morgan betrayed her. In the aftermath, their friend group drifted apart. But everything else about that summer is a blank, including all of them having been counselors at Camp Choctawhatchee under the supervision of their former science teacher, who mysteriously disappeared. When his body turns up in the present, the teens enter a nightmare of accusations, interrogations, and blackmail. To clear their names, they must recover their memories, but whom can they trust when seemingly everyone in their picturesque Florida town is keeping secrets? In alternating first-person chapters interspersed with police transcripts, Darby and Morgan reflect on family and each other as they investigate—and try to stay alive. Darby’s desire to rebel against her good-girl image and perfectionist parents inspires sympathy, as does Morgan’s grief over his mother’s death. Unfortunately, a somewhat overstuffed plot risks desensitizing readers to its thrills. One twist requires considerable suspension of disbelief, and a revelation comes too late to have much impact. Most secondary characters are underdeveloped save for a troubled boy with ADHD; even Darby’s best friend, who’s cued as having some Japanese ancestry, is seldom portrayed as more than a supportive sidekick. Darby and Morgan default to White.

Despite an intriguing premise, thrills fizzle against a convoluted plot. (Thriller. 14-18)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940172884184
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/08/2022
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 446,949
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