Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?
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About the Author
Katlyn Duncan was born in a small town in New England. Always having her mind set on the "what ifs" she started to write at a young age. Even though her life took her toward the path of science, her love for reading and writing stories never went away.
She currently lives in Connecticut, a quick train ride to her favorite city in the world, with her husband and darling (yet crazy) Wheaten Terrier.
You can visit her at katlynduncan.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I was asked to read and review "This Summer" by Katlyn Duncan, I was excited. Lately, I've been reading a lot of mysteries or paranormal stories, so I was looking forward to the change of pace. I wanted to read something where the stakes weren't raised to life or death levels, and this was a great choice. It was a perfect summer read, and it was a quick read as well. The story revolves around Hadley, who is determined to have a summer to remember before she goes off to college. This will be the last year for her to be a counselor at the camp that she's been a part of for most of her life, and the last carefree summer to spend with her best friend Lily who will be staying at home while Hadley's away at school. However, all Hadley's fun plans come crashing down when Will comes back to town. Will had mysteriously left two years ago after years of being her next door neighbor, best friend, and serious crush. Will's presence sets Hadley into a whirlwind of emotions as she now has to juggle her wishes for a carefree summer, and all of the feelings that are now coming to the surface. "This Summer" is told from both the point of views of Hadley and Will. However, that doesn't mean everything is spelled out to the reader right away.As both Hadley and Will have secrets that they're keeping from each other, the reader also has to wait for a big reveal. This keeps the tension throughout the book, and keeps the reader wanting more. While reading, I was reminded of Sarah Dessen's books. The tone and content are similar, so I would definitely recommend "This Summer" to any Sara Dessen fan as well as anyone looking for a fun summertime read.
Hadley has one more summer before she heads off to college in New York City. She’ll be far away from her family, her best friend, and the summer camp she worked at with her father for so long. She has one more summer to enjoy everything the summer has to offer and everything seems perfect. Then her neighbor, her best friend, and her first everything show up again and he’s everywhere. Will works at the camp as her partner, he’s at her house, and he’s right next-door. Suddenly the summer is moving too fast because while Will and Hadley are falling in love all over again, the summer is all they have. Hadley hasn’t been able to get over Will since he left and she never heard from him again. Seeing him again is hard on her since she thought she was moving on only to have him show up hotter than ever with a country accent and southern manners. Hadley deals with growing up and falling in love over a summer. After the night Will’s father lost it, Will left and never looked back. Now he’s putting up his house for sale, but he needs to fix it up first. While he’s back Hadley’s dad asks him to work at the camp. Honestly I didn’t really feel too much for these characters. I liked them okay but they weren’t anything special, much like the whole story to me. The story just seemed over done and really nothing happened in it that I hadn’t expected. Hadley is spoiled and can’t see that other people have problems. Will has a lot of issues with his dad and he’s in love with Hadley, which is really the main focus of this story. Overall, I think This Summer is a cute story but there isn’t anything special about it. The drama and story line have been done numerous times and This Summer did nothing to give the plot a twist. The characters were just “alright” but I think this book just wasn’t for me.
Sweet and fun books have really been what my summer is about this year, and This Summer totally fell into that category! It is a perfect read for the summertime. It's light and fun, and it took me back to my younger years with a dose of sweet nostalgia. Hadley and Will's story is one that I've read a lot in other contemporaries. But that didn't take away from it being enjoyable. I was very appreciate that the author allowed us to witness the relationship bloom instead of shoving it in our faces and brewing up insta-love. Fans of contemporary romances will adore this one. Like I said, it's the perfect summer read. Fans of sweet romances and light reads will flock to cheer on Hadley and Will's romance blossom. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.