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From the critically acclaimed author of Train I Ride and Echo’s Sister comes a moving story of friendship between two girls looking for some happiness in a world that can be a little cruel. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Standish, and Erin Entrada Kelly. Twelve-year-old Juillet is preparing for the worst summer ever. She and her mom are staying in the seaside neighb From the critically acclaimed author of Train I Ride and Echo’s Sister comes a moving story of friendship between two girls looking for some happiness in a world that can be a little cruel. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Standish, and Erin Entrada Kelly. Twelve-year-old Juillet is preparing for the worst summer ever. She and her mom are staying in the seaside neighborhood of Ocean Park, California, for a month, where her mom will be working at the local hospital and Juillet will be on her own, like always. Her dad is off in Europe with his new girlfriend, and her best friend, Fern . . . well, Juiller isn’t allowed to talk to Fern anymore. Fern took the blame for Juillet’s goth-girl clothes and “not-real” fears, like sharks and rip currents and the number three. Then Juillet meets Summer, a local surfer girl who knows the coolest people and places around town. With free-spirited and adventurous Summer, Juillet begins to come out of her shell and face the things weighing her down. But when Summer reveals her own painful secret, it’s Juillet’s turn to be the strong and supportive friend.


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From the critically acclaimed author of Train I Ride and Echo’s Sister comes a moving story of friendship between two girls looking for some happiness in a world that can be a little cruel. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Standish, and Erin Entrada Kelly. Twelve-year-old Juillet is preparing for the worst summer ever. She and her mom are staying in the seaside neighb From the critically acclaimed author of Train I Ride and Echo’s Sister comes a moving story of friendship between two girls looking for some happiness in a world that can be a little cruel. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Standish, and Erin Entrada Kelly. Twelve-year-old Juillet is preparing for the worst summer ever. She and her mom are staying in the seaside neighborhood of Ocean Park, California, for a month, where her mom will be working at the local hospital and Juillet will be on her own, like always. Her dad is off in Europe with his new girlfriend, and her best friend, Fern . . . well, Juiller isn’t allowed to talk to Fern anymore. Fern took the blame for Juillet’s goth-girl clothes and “not-real” fears, like sharks and rip currents and the number three. Then Juillet meets Summer, a local surfer girl who knows the coolest people and places around town. With free-spirited and adventurous Summer, Juillet begins to come out of her shell and face the things weighing her down. But when Summer reveals her own painful secret, it’s Juillet’s turn to be the strong and supportive friend.

30 review for Summer and July

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Mosier

    When I finished writing this book I felt it was the best thing I’d ever done, and Summer was my favorite character. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs since that day—more downs than ups—but I am going to give it the five star review that i felt so sure of on the day it was finished, when everything seemed golden. I hope it ends up being your best summer ever.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    I received an ARC book and plunged right in. Here is my review. So what do you get when you mix -a summer beach vacation -a surfer girl, and a self-proclaimed goth girl humorously fearful of flying, the number three, and sharks. -both who are dealing with a hurt A well-written book filled with setting details that make you need to look up to be sure you are not at the beach. Warning-Make sure you have plenty of ice cream in the freezer when you read this. I don't even eat pistachio, and I needed a sco I received an ARC book and plunged right in. Here is my review. So what do you get when you mix -a summer beach vacation -a surfer girl, and a self-proclaimed goth girl humorously fearful of flying, the number three, and sharks. -both who are dealing with a hurt A well-written book filled with setting details that make you need to look up to be sure you are not at the beach. Warning-Make sure you have plenty of ice cream in the freezer when you read this. I don't even eat pistachio, and I needed a scoop at least twice. What I loved most about this book is that Paul Mosier dealt with some deep and challenging subject matter with respect. Not to spoil the story-line, but he chooses not to dwell on details of how some things the characters do are possible--specifically with Hank. Still, for a parent who experienced a similar heart-wrenching conflict with a son like Hank, I appreciated this gloss over for the message of giving all you have left, making the hard choice for love. The plot is multi-layered and addresses several experiences for those looking for books with the following. Divorce. Fears. Tip-toeing into a same-sex first crush. Special needs. Loss. Hope. A must read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Refreshing, heartbreaking, and memorable. Paul Mosier always gives my heart exactly what it needs. Love all of his little bluebirds. - - - - - - - - “I look happy. Maybe I really am.” “Thank you,” she says. “For what?” Summer raises her arms, gesturing to our surroundings, gathering all of it in. “For sharing this with me. For helping me remember that it’s worth sharing.” “Apology accepted. And circumstances understood.” "It doesn’t seem like a problem that can’t be solved. It feels like a problem tha Refreshing, heartbreaking, and memorable. Paul Mosier always gives my heart exactly what it needs. Love all of his little bluebirds. - - - - - - - - “I look happy. Maybe I really am.” “Thank you,” she says. “For what?” Summer raises her arms, gesturing to our surroundings, gathering all of it in. “For sharing this with me. For helping me remember that it’s worth sharing.” “Apology accepted. And circumstances understood.” "It doesn’t seem like a problem that can’t be solved. It feels like a problem that you are solving, right then." “Sorry for everything I’ve done wrong,” she says. I don’t want her to feel that way. I really don’t. “Maybe,” I begin, “you just didn’t have a chance to come up for a breath yet.” "I feel it all." Sea, swallow me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    Juillet is having the worst summer of her life after her father runs away to Europe with his new girlfriend, until she meets the free-spirited, adventurous Summer who helps her confront her fears and maybe even catch a wave! I had the great pleasure of narrating the audiobook version of Summer and July and I loved it! The characters are endearing and subtle and you feel for all of their hardships and revel in their joys. This book is both entertaining and moving, a perfect summer read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandym24

    This book is so much fun to read- wonderful summer imagery. Makes me want to hit Santa Monica immediately for a fun summer vacation. It’s also an incredibly touching account of friendship and healing, of overcoming fear, sadness and of growing in to the person we want to be. Loved it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Crouch

    Thank you to Paul Mosier for allowing me to beta read Summer and July. Taking place over the span of one month, Summer and July is a book of transformations. Changing from the person you are, as a result of all your experiences, into the person you want to be ~ with the help of a stranger turned friend. Shouldn't every adolescent have the opportunity to see themselves through someone else’s eyes? Someone fresh and new, with no preconceived notions? Juillet has this chance with Summer on the shor Thank you to Paul Mosier for allowing me to beta read Summer and July. Taking place over the span of one month, Summer and July is a book of transformations. Changing from the person you are, as a result of all your experiences, into the person you want to be ~ with the help of a stranger turned friend. Shouldn't every adolescent have the opportunity to see themselves through someone else’s eyes? Someone fresh and new, with no preconceived notions? Juillet has this chance with Summer on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They're largely left to their own devices, and it's glorious. Juillet starts off a goth princess, hilariously miserable, fearing death at every turn. When carefree surfer girl Summer saunters into her life, Juillet reluctantly lets her lead the way. We learn just enough backstory on each girl to know they've each been betrayed, and they're still hurting. But the magic in this novel is how present it is. Formatted day by day, the reader has the pleasure of waking each morning with Juillet, looking forward to the day ahead (and dreading the end of the month). The focus isn't on the backstories, but on the new world they create together, and how it'll move them forward. The joy is not the actual healing of betrayals, but in being a part of Summer and Juillet learning that healing is possible. There are so many sadnesses in the world, but for every sorrow, there will also be joy. In typical Paul Mosier style, there are stunningly simple sentences embedded throughout that contain such knowledge and emotion they stop the reader in their tracks. Paul Mosier has done it again: told a beautiful story you want to live inside of, while spreading nuggets of profound simplicity throughout. Five out of five stars for Summer and July.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth Rodgers

    'Summer and July' by Paul Mosier is a beautifully written story perfect for summer reading. Readers will find themselves immersed in the novel, navigating the streets of Santa Monica and the waves of the ocean as Juillet finds her footing, both figuratively and literally. When she moves to California for the month of July with her mom, she is anything but excited about anything positive happening to her. She's already depressed about her parents' divorce, her dad's new girlfriend, the fact that 'Summer and July' by Paul Mosier is a beautifully written story perfect for summer reading. Readers will find themselves immersed in the novel, navigating the streets of Santa Monica and the waves of the ocean as Juillet finds her footing, both figuratively and literally. When she moves to California for the month of July with her mom, she is anything but excited about anything positive happening to her. She's already depressed about her parents' divorce, her dad's new girlfriend, the fact that her mom is going to be spending so much time away from her for work, and the fact that her best friend from home, Fern, thinks she's been ditched. Life is anything but sunshine and happiness, until she meets Summer, the peppy, pretty, kind girl who befriends Juillet and makes her feel more at home than she might have ever felt before. Set against the backdrop of Beach Boys music and an intense month of learning about oneself, Juillet and Summer show each other each and every day what it means to be a friend. They help each other deal with troubles, some which they have been struggling to conquer. When Summer reveals her own solemn issues, Juillet realizes that however big her own problems seem to be, there is always someone else with something equally, if not more, important that they themselves are dealing with, and everyone is worthy of being heard, cared for, and understood. No one said life as a tween, or even as a teen, is easy, and Juillet and Summer show that, despite their youth, they are more than capable of raising each other up and learning to grow stronger and prouder of who they are. This is a book readers will find themselves wanting to hold on to and re-read with each passing summer. Shining through every page is a layer of truth that showcases the reality of how fast a friendship can form, how thrilling it can be, and how sad one can realize they are as it's nearing its end. The book will bring smiles, tears, feelings of comfort, joy, peace, security, and so much more. It is more than worth the read and comes very highly recommended! Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Welcome to Chanu-Con!,' a Children's Picture Book, and Freshman Fourteen' and 'Sweet Fifteen,' Young Adult Novels *Review originally posted at YABooksCentral.com*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus *Warning* Spoiler at the end. Juillet's life has been upended. Her father has left the family for a younger model and is off in Europe. Her best friend, Fern, is not allowed to hang out with her because of a lie Juillet told. Her mother, an emergency room doctor, has taken a summer position in Ocean Park, California and has dragged her along, and wants to make sure that Juillet doesn't spend her entire summer inside, being angry and anxious. Fortunately, she meets E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus *Warning* Spoiler at the end. Juillet's life has been upended. Her father has left the family for a younger model and is off in Europe. Her best friend, Fern, is not allowed to hang out with her because of a lie Juillet told. Her mother, an emergency room doctor, has taken a summer position in Ocean Park, California and has dragged her along, and wants to make sure that Juillet doesn't spend her entire summer inside, being angry and anxious. Fortunately, she meets local girl Summer, who is bound and determined to make a new friend for the summer. Summer's parents are both busy with work, and she has a family secret, but she is also bound and determined to enjoy her summer at the beach. Juillet has been affecting Goth style clothes and makeup (heavily black and depressing), and Summer is a typical California girl. The two walk around the town, spend time on the beach, and investigate local businesses and restaurants. Summer eventually lets her new friend in on her family secret, and Juillet learns to surf, realizes she needs to make amends with Fern, and comes to an understanding about her parents. The two girls become a little more than friends, and hope to reconnect the following summer as well. Strengths: There are not many books that involve surfing in California, and this had great descriptions of surfing and surf culture. Summer was a great character who was dealing with some hard things in her life but was determined to be positive and upbeat about it. I loved that the mother had an app on her phone that told her when Juillet went outside the boundaries she had prescribed! Summer books are always popular, especially when they show characters in exotic and fun locations. Weaknesses: Juillet was not a pleasant character at all in the beginning of the book, but at least she improved. It's hard for me to get into a book if I dislike the main character. What I really think: Definitely purchasing. The cover alone will appeal to readers, and the relationships are so typically middle school. Now I want to read more surfing books! Spoiler: Juillet and Summer share a kiss that is romantic, and are both glad about it. LGBTQIA+ books are hugely popular in my library, so I will definitely have to purchase this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. This is one of those books that I'd recommend if asked for a summer read. Juillet and her mom arrive in a small beach town for a holiday for the month of July, and Juillet befriends a local girl named Summer. It's with Summer's influence that Juillet is able to come out of the protective shell and open up her heart again after her dad's departure. There was something very beautiful about watching Summer's extroverted energy slowl Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. This is one of those books that I'd recommend if asked for a summer read. Juillet and her mom arrive in a small beach town for a holiday for the month of July, and Juillet befriends a local girl named Summer. It's with Summer's influence that Juillet is able to come out of the protective shell and open up her heart again after her dad's departure. There was something very beautiful about watching Summer's extroverted energy slowly seep into Juillet like the sun did on her pale skin. I loved watching both girls connected with each other and seeing how that changed each of them in that short time. It was a quintessential summer fling to the reader, and yet both girls are dramatically influenced by their time together.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Juliette is gearing up for the worst summer of her life as she and her mother head away from Michigan in a plane to Santa Monica. She’s leaving behind her only friend and worries about all the terrors she’ll encounter. When Summer leaves a postcard on her door the first morning though, Juliette has no idea that it’s an invitation to the summer of a lifetime. There was so much to love about this book. Juliet I received this ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Juliette is gearing up for the worst summer of her life as she and her mother head away from Michigan in a plane to Santa Monica. She’s leaving behind her only friend and worries about all the terrors she’ll encounter. When Summer leaves a postcard on her door the first morning though, Juliette has no idea that it’s an invitation to the summer of a lifetime. There was so much to love about this book. Juliette’s transformation happened naturally, with her struggling to balance the fears that weren’t so easy to leave behind, and her desire for new adventures. Summer and Juliette (Betty) develop a relationship that helps each girl to find their own strength.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    This was a summer heartprint book for sure! After her parents’ divorce, twelve year old Juillet and her mom are spending the summer oceanside in California. Her mom will be working at the local hospital, and Juillet will spend her days alone exploring the local community. With her dad off in Europe with his new girlfriend and her best friend from back home (Fern) taking the blame for Juillet’s goth look and “not real” fears, Juillet is predicting this to be the worst summer ever. Within the firs This was a summer heartprint book for sure! After her parents’ divorce, twelve year old Juillet and her mom are spending the summer oceanside in California. Her mom will be working at the local hospital, and Juillet will spend her days alone exploring the local community. With her dad off in Europe with his new girlfriend and her best friend from back home (Fern) taking the blame for Juillet’s goth look and “not real” fears, Juillet is predicting this to be the worst summer ever. Within the first day, Juillet meets Summer, a local surfer girl. The friendship is a must for both, and it was beautiful to watch them develop trust and gain strength and support for each other. I laughed, and I cried. Highly recommend!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emilie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I LOVED this book! Summer and July is the perfect summer read, featuring 2 friends in an adorable beach town called Ocean Park. Summer has lived there all her life, and when Julliet shows up for the month of July they become best friends. Summer helps her get past her many fears and brings out her adventurous side, but when Julliet kisses her without thinking, things get a little awkward. Julliet finally catches her first wave and the friends reunite, and the spark between them grows, making the I LOVED this book! Summer and July is the perfect summer read, featuring 2 friends in an adorable beach town called Ocean Park. Summer has lived there all her life, and when Julliet shows up for the month of July they become best friends. Summer helps her get past her many fears and brings out her adventurous side, but when Julliet kisses her without thinking, things get a little awkward. Julliet finally catches her first wave and the friends reunite, and the spark between them grows, making them a little more than just friends. This is such a great book and an amazing summer read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Brown

    All the stars. Wow. I just finished this and it was sad and beautiful and just made me happy. Juliette or Betty is going through something since her dad left. Her mother and her go to California for the month of July. She meets Summer the first day even though she wants to Continue to be unhappy Summer makes her spend time with her. Juliette is afraid of everything but Summer holds her hand through it. They both have secrets. They help each other stop being afraid and stop keeping secrets. I woul All the stars. Wow. I just finished this and it was sad and beautiful and just made me happy. Juliette or Betty is going through something since her dad left. Her mother and her go to California for the month of July. She meets Summer the first day even though she wants to Continue to be unhappy Summer makes her spend time with her. Juliette is afraid of everything but Summer holds her hand through it. They both have secrets. They help each other stop being afraid and stop keeping secrets. I would recommend this to everyone. I read it in one day!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Seaman

    Beautifully written, big conversations are nuanced and dealt with with respect and care. I cried and cried the happiest of tears. Summer and “Betty” are both such complex characters, who love, challenge and grow each other in such a sweet way. A coming of age tale that is PERFECT for tweenagers. I cannot wait to get this into the hands of my students. “Ignore Alien Orders!”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Bell

    Just finished this beautiful book by Paul Mosier and all I can say is PERFECTLY LOVELY! All of his books explore grief and loss in such a gentle yet authentic way and I always come away feeling like I really know the characters. I had several hand over heart moments which is always a sign for me that a book has really moved me. Two thumbs up!! 👍👍

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hook

    I felt like I was right there at the sea: feeling the sun in my hair, smelling the salt in the air, seeing the waves roll in. What a fantastic MG book filled with a perfect balance of hurt, healing & hope! I felt like I was right there at the sea: feeling the sun in my hair, smelling the salt in the air, seeing the waves roll in. What a fantastic MG book filled with a perfect balance of hurt, healing & hope!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Another gem from one of my favorite authors of all time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessie_Book

    WARNING: This book has LGBTQ+ characters! AND YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM! AND THEY WILL MELT YOUR HEART! you have no choice in the matter. you have been warned :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Julliet is living with her mom in CA for the month of July. Her dad left them for another younger woman and is living in Switzerland. Julliet is goth...white makeup, black lipstick, dark clothes, etc. She meets Summer, who is a local, and starts to become friends with her. Summer helps her get over some of her fears, like fear of the number 3, tsunamis, sharks, etc. As she gets over her fears, she starts to set goals for herself for the month and gives some backstory of her life and how she blam Julliet is living with her mom in CA for the month of July. Her dad left them for another younger woman and is living in Switzerland. Julliet is goth...white makeup, black lipstick, dark clothes, etc. She meets Summer, who is a local, and starts to become friends with her. Summer helps her get over some of her fears, like fear of the number 3, tsunamis, sharks, etc. As she gets over her fears, she starts to set goals for herself for the month and gives some backstory of her life and how she blamed who she was on Fern (another friend from home). At the very end of the book she kisses Summer. I wish the author had just left it as they were good friends, because it kind of came out of nowhere.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kati Polodna

    I loved the narrator and I loved the first half of the book but it lost some of its steam and I didn’t buy some of the things at the end, which dropped this from a 4 star to a 3 star.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ebony Y Smith

    I

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Submitting my review to School Library Journal in the next few days

  23. 5 out of 5

    Keri Mosier

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Kinsey

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie Peffley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miss Megan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Port

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