Blog Tour Review: Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Such a powerful coming-of-age story

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Katrina Leno for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: June 28, 2022

From critically acclaimed author Katrina Leno comes a tender love letter to books and summertime, with a touch of magic.

Anna Lucia Bell believes in luck: bad luck. Bad luck made her best friend stop talking to her. Bad luck caused her parents’ divorce. Bad luck is forcing her mother, Miriam, to sell the family’s beloved bookstore. And it is definitely bad luck that Anna seems to be the only person in the world Miriam is unable to recommend a life-changing book.

When Anna finds out that she and her mom are spending two months in a New England seaside town called Rockport, she expects a summer plagued with bad luck too. But Rockport has surprises in store for Anna, including a comet making its first appearance in over twenty years and two new—but familiar—friends.

In what will prove to be the most important summer of her life so far, Anna learns about love, herself, and the magic that an ordinary summer can bring.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Katrina Leno was born on the East Coast and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of six critically acclaimed novels: Horrid, You Must Not Miss, Summer of Salt, Everything All at Once, The Lost & Found, and The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Her seventh novel, Sometime in Summer, arrives June 28 2022. She thinks you are just lovely.

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Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Welcome back to my blog, everyone! Sometime in Summer was a book that from the very first line I just knew it was going to deliver a powerful message to its audience. The book follows a 14-year-old girl named Anna who is left reeling after having a falling out with one of her best friends and learning that her perfect-for-each-other parents are getting a divorce. While taking a summer trip with her mom (with dad visiting for a bit in the middle), Anna slowly discovers that there is more to love, sacrifice, and friendship than she initially believed.

The character development in this was a solid A++, two thumbs up, 10/10 would recommend. Anna learned so many valuable lessons about love and friendship in the short couple of months that she spent on her family vacation. She even makes huge steps at the end to learn from her previous mistakes and become a better person. The actual plot took a while to get the ball rolling (approximately 200 pages in this 400-page novel) but since it was a very character-driven story, I honestly didn’t mind.

In addition to its powerful messages, Sometime in Summer also has the fun trope of bookish themes. Anna’s mom owns a bookstore and has the knack for finding the specific book that will change any given individual’s life. Anna herself (who is still trying to find her book) struggles to enjoy any of the books she reads (which I’m totally blaming on the fact that she’s reading classics). Those two things together mean that there are a great deal of well-known/popular titles thrown into the book’s dialogues.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading it. I think it would suit readers of pretty much all ages.

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