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It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his Blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Except for Juniper Jones. The town’s resident o It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his Blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Except for Juniper Jones. The town’s resident oddball and free spirit, she’s everything the townspeople aren’t―open, kind, and full of acceptance. Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, Ethan and Juniper set out to find their place in a town that’s bent on rejecting them. As Ethan is confronted for the first time by what it means to be Black in America, Juniper tries to help him see the beauty in even the ugliest reality, and that even the darkest days can give rise to an invincible summer. Daven McQueen’s Juniper Jones is a character for all ages in this sweet coming of age story set in 1950s Alabama.


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It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his Blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Except for Juniper Jones. The town’s resident o It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his Blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Except for Juniper Jones. The town’s resident oddball and free spirit, she’s everything the townspeople aren’t―open, kind, and full of acceptance. Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, Ethan and Juniper set out to find their place in a town that’s bent on rejecting them. As Ethan is confronted for the first time by what it means to be Black in America, Juniper tries to help him see the beauty in even the ugliest reality, and that even the darkest days can give rise to an invincible summer. Daven McQueen’s Juniper Jones is a character for all ages in this sweet coming of age story set in 1950s Alabama.

30 review for The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jananie (thisstoryaintover)

    I AM SOBBING. this has to be one of the most beautiful books i've ever read. unforgettable and absolutely invincible, cannot recommend this enough. a story of friendship, race, history, and one summer that changes so many lives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary ツ⋆

    WOW. I HAVE NO WORDS. This is presumably one of the most spectacular books of today as not only is it beautifully written by the author, but it is also prevalent in today’s current events. This undoubtedly opened my eyes even wider to something that has been happening up to this day. Racism and discrimination have been a crucial issue happening not just in America, but around the world for the longest time. Although we could say it is becoming better throughout the years, however, it is 2020 an WOW. I HAVE NO WORDS. This is presumably one of the most spectacular books of today as not only is it beautifully written by the author, but it is also prevalent in today’s current events. This undoubtedly opened my eyes even wider to something that has been happening up to this day. Racism and discrimination have been a crucial issue happening not just in America, but around the world for the longest time. Although we could say it is becoming better throughout the years, however, it is 2020 and it is still happening. This is an issue that the society has been striving to put an end to in the hopes of one day, racism will not ever grow and foster. We are all humans, despite our differences regardless of our skin color or ethnicity, at the end of the day, we are all the same and we deserve a peaceful world to live in where fear has no room for. This book is truly invincible and unforgettable. It is a story of friendship, race, history, adventures, and one summer that impacted so many lives. The message of this book is extremely powerful. A must-read for all! <3 Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    Well, my face is splotchy and my husband just asked "what happened? Are you okay?" So yeah, you could say I felt this book. It's bananas the torrent of emotions this book put me through... Excitement, fear, whimsical giggles, anger, and some ugly cries. I loved every second of it!!! Do yourself a favour and read this book. Much love to NetGalley and Smith Publicity for my DRC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    Thank you Netgalley and Wattpad for an Arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Summer of 1955 and Ethan Harper is dropped of at his Aunt and Uncle's home. A small town in Alabama Ethan faces a lot of racial situations because he is biracial. Then he meets Juniper Jones and it turns out to be a summer he will never forget. I LOVED this book. It had everything I love reading about in a book. The characters where so fun. I loved the history part of it. It brought all kinds of emotions ou Thank you Netgalley and Wattpad for an Arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Summer of 1955 and Ethan Harper is dropped of at his Aunt and Uncle's home. A small town in Alabama Ethan faces a lot of racial situations because he is biracial. Then he meets Juniper Jones and it turns out to be a summer he will never forget. I LOVED this book. It had everything I love reading about in a book. The characters where so fun. I loved the history part of it. It brought all kinds of emotions out. Happy, mad and even sad. A fantastic read for everyone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bookadmirer

    This is such a beautiful story. The plot revolves around Ethan and Juniper and their unforgettable summer in 1955. Although I loved the book, I have a few issues. The writing of this author isn't very mature. I heard it's a Wattpad story. I think the author should have polished the book a little bit more before publishing. The sentence structure was poor and the word choice wasn't rich either. Also, Juniper's family issue wasn't focused much. It was mostly focused on Ethan and his struggle. I wo This is such a beautiful story. The plot revolves around Ethan and Juniper and their unforgettable summer in 1955. Although I loved the book, I have a few issues. The writing of this author isn't very mature. I heard it's a Wattpad story. I think the author should have polished the book a little bit more before publishing. The sentence structure was poor and the word choice wasn't rich either. Also, Juniper's family issue wasn't focused much. It was mostly focused on Ethan and his struggle. I would love to read more about her. The main issue I have with this book is the title because when I read the first chapter I immediately knew something bad happened to Juniper. It gave away the major plot twist. However, these issues can be overlooked because the plot is tragic and beautiful at the same time. Nonetheless, Its a story about friendship, innocence, and racism. Arc provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Metcalf

    Wow!!! The Invinsible Summer of Juniper Jones   was an unexpectedly great read.  In her debut novel Daven McQueen  hit the ball out of the park and I can't congratulate her enough.   This was YA Historical fiction done exceptionally well.      Granted I enjoy YAF and Historical fiction separately so it's probably not all that surprising I loved it but I can see it having wide appeal.    McQueens characters were well developed and  delightful.   Her story built gradually and came to a conclusion Wow!!! The Invinsible Summer of Juniper Jones   was an unexpectedly great read.  In her debut novel Daven McQueen  hit the ball out of the park and I can't congratulate her enough.   This was YA Historical fiction done exceptionally well.      Granted I enjoy YAF and Historical fiction separately so it's probably not all that surprising I loved it but I can see it having wide appeal.    McQueens characters were well developed and  delightful.   Her story built gradually and came to a conclusion I simply had not anticipated.    She made me smile at the beautiful friendship between two young people, but more than anything she engendered in me an appreciation for what it was like to live with racism and her story had me in tears. Ethan Charlie Harper was 14 in 1955 and had recently been   suspended for punching a boy.    His dad decided his punishment would be to spend the three months of summer living with his Aunt Cara and Uncle Robert in the small town of Ellison Alabama.   As readers we gradually learn Ethan is a coloured boy, born to a white dad and negro mum.     Here in Alabama it's very different from his hometown in Washington State.   He's learning the hard way that boys that look like him are not welcome.    Worse.    In the bigger towns in Alabama there are laws keeping white folk and coloured folk separate.  Not only is Ethan unhappy to be away from his friends and family but Ellison is a frightening place for a boy who has never really come across such outright racism.   Thankfully he met and was befriended by Juniper Jones.    She was a quirky character and was hard not to love.    In many ways she reminded me of Pippi Longstocking.    Not just the red hair and the apparent lack of parents but her playful nature and caring ways.    She didn't have a mean bone in her body and was completely unbothered by apearances.   She took Ethan under her wing and roped him into her plans for an invinsible summer.    They had all manner of adventures together and as Juniper and Ethan found ways to support each other their friendship blossomed.     It was definitely a coming of age story.    Under different circumstances there may have been more than friendship between Ethan and Juniper.  In fact romantic feelings were definitely hinted at but no way could they be acted upon in this time and place.   The theme of racism was front and centre all the way through the book.    Through Ethan readers got to understand what it was like to be a coloured boy in a town where the Klan had a real and scary presence.    His awakening to his own anger about racism and his fears of being physically harmed were the things that really made him lose his childhood innocence and see the world for what it is.     All this while offset by his friendship with Juniper teaching him "...that people can be good and there can be hope, even when it hurts.”    Am thoroughly delighted to have read this book and highly recommend it.    Sincere thanks to the author, to Wattpad Books and NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review which it was my pleasure to provide.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bri (booksnparchment)

    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. “The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones,” tells the story of Ethan Harper. He is a mixed-race boy who is sent to live with this aunt and uncle for the summer in Alabama, 1955. While working at his uncle’s malt shop, he meets Juniper Jones, a girl who is a free spirit. Juniper plans to have the best summer and ropes, Ethan, into helping her. In this small town, Ethan starts to realize the racial tensions an Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. “The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones,” tells the story of Ethan Harper. He is a mixed-race boy who is sent to live with this aunt and uncle for the summer in Alabama, 1955. While working at his uncle’s malt shop, he meets Juniper Jones, a girl who is a free spirit. Juniper plans to have the best summer and ropes, Ethan, into helping her. In this small town, Ethan starts to realize the racial tensions and discrimination that he is experiencing. He learns about the injustices of racism. He has to deal with being the only black person in this small town and how to cope with the discrimination he is facing. This is a beautiful book about friendship, racial tensions, heartbreak, and having the best summer imaginable. It is a coming of age story. Ethan is stripped of the childlike innocence when he realizes how deeply rooted racism is in people despite him doing them no wrong. “The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones” is the perfect read. It was joyful, hard-hitting, and heartbreaking all tied in one. I think this is an essential book for Young Adults (and anyone) to read. It weaves together issues of racism and discrimination set in a beautiful story about friendship and having the best summer ever.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you FFBC for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Invincible Summer Of Juniper Jones By: Daven McQueen REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ The Invincible Summer Of Juniper Jones is sad, y'all. I ain't gonna lie because it just is. This book has coincidentally published at a time when its content and current events parallel in some ways. The issue is racism, and the story is about 1950's Alabama, a red headed girl and a boy of mixed race through one summer. Thank you FFBC for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. The Invincible Summer Of Juniper Jones By: Daven McQueen REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ The Invincible Summer Of Juniper Jones is sad, y'all. I ain't gonna lie because it just is. This book has coincidentally published at a time when its content and current events parallel in some ways. The issue is racism, and the story is about 1950's Alabama, a red headed girl and a boy of mixed race through one summer. I won't give anything way, but as you can imagine, fair treatment for all of humanity is not present much in the story. The depiction is true to the era with unique perspectives and is excellent historical fiction for young adult readers. This is an emotional, sharp and raw accounting of true selfless friendship at a pivotal young age when being understood is everything. I laughed and cried through reading, but one thought stuck out in my mind. Our physical bodies are certainly not invincible, but our spirits, souls, whatever you call it, linger on and are forever invincible.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fieke

    ( I did receive an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGally, but these opinions and feelings are entirely my own and in no way influenced by the way I got the material. ) The invincible summer of Juniper Jones tells the story if Ethan Harper. In the summer of 1955 Ethan has to live with his aunt and uncle. There he meets Juniper Jones, a very excited kind girl who has made it her goal to have the best summer ever. When I started reading this story it immediately grabbed my attention and di ( I did receive an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGally, but these opinions and feelings are entirely my own and in no way influenced by the way I got the material. ) The invincible summer of Juniper Jones tells the story if Ethan Harper. In the summer of 1955 Ethan has to live with his aunt and uncle. There he meets Juniper Jones, a very excited kind girl who has made it her goal to have the best summer ever. When I started reading this story it immediately grabbed my attention and didn't let go. This is mostly because of the characters. Ethan is a very nice character to follow. During the story he becomes more and more aware that the world is not fair and that some people are treated poorly only because of the color of his skin. It is easy to connect with him as we see him trying to deal with his situation. "'Because' said Juniper Jones, 'you're the quiet type. Not too noticeable. Not in a bad way, of course- it's just that I think back where you're from, you don't have a problem fitting in.' She paused, suddenly troubled. 'But not here. Here in Ellison, things are different, and you stick out like a sore thumb.' " Even more likable is the second main character of this story, Juniper Jones (aka Starfish). Juniper is as likeable as it gets. Everything she does and says is filled with a passion and determination. She is different from all the other people in town. She is filled with love for Ethan and everyone she meets. They both just feel very genuine and like real children. “Good.” Juniper grinned widely, her teeth uneven between her rose petal lips. “Making sense is for nerds and grown-ups. I am way more interesting.” What really stuck out to me is how this story is very happy and relatable, while at the same time dealing with heavy topics such as racism and bullying. You get to see a lot of summer adventures, where the pair climbs trees, drinks milkshake and makes paintings. But there always is this threat in the background of people who really don't like Ethan being in town. You get to see some big and some smaller signs of how much everyone seems to dislike Ethan for the color of his skin. The fact that the characters are so flashed out makes it easy to understand the horrible topics even better. All I wanted was for these two kids to just be able to have the best summer ever without having to think about any big world problems. “I know this isn’t how it works, but if I could reach out an airplane window, I think I’d borrow a few stars and bring them back home.” “What would you do with them?” She paused for a moment, thinking. “I think I’d hang them on people’s front doors,” she decided. “So much sunshine here in the summer, but God knows this town could use a little light.” The way this story is written made it very easy for me to picture everything in my head. I loved the descriptions of the town. This book has made me laugh several times, it has made my cry and it has made me want to scream in frustration.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    Rating: 5 shining debut stars This is a fantastic debut book by Daven McQueen. It is s a gripping YA historical fiction tale. It is set in Alabama circa 1955. It would be great to read this any time, but with the current events in the US that have provided a wider awakening to Black history and racism in America it is now an especially timely read. The book is a quick read and it packs an emotion punch. Everyone from Junior High aged kids on up should read this exceptional book. We meet Ethan Harp Rating: 5 shining debut stars This is a fantastic debut book by Daven McQueen. It is s a gripping YA historical fiction tale. It is set in Alabama circa 1955. It would be great to read this any time, but with the current events in the US that have provided a wider awakening to Black history and racism in America it is now an especially timely read. The book is a quick read and it packs an emotion punch. Everyone from Junior High aged kids on up should read this exceptional book. We meet Ethan Harper as his Dad drops him off in a small town in Alabama. As a bi-racial 14 year-old raised by a white father in Washington State, he is in for a rude awakening during his summer in Alabama. His white aunt and uncle are wary of his appearance because they know the full history of the town. There is not a single black resident in the town. Ethan soon learns that being Black in this town is not a good thing. Ethan works the morning shift by himself at his uncle’s Malt Shop. He is bemused and finally enchanted when quirky Juniper Jones plops herself on a stool at the empty soda counter, and proceeds to reel Ethan into her summer plans. Juniper is an outcast in town too. She lives with her great-aunt. Her bright red curly hair sets her apart from most of the town folks. They barely tolerate her. She is bright and fearless in describing all the things that she wants to accomplish during this Invincible Summer. She eventually reels Ethan into her schemes and they spend lots of time together as Juniper shows Ethan all the things that she loves about her town. All the while, Ethan struggles with what it means to be Black in this narrow-minded town. His black mother grew up in Alabama. However, she has been gone for years. He is unprepared for all the questions, fears and dangers that come with being a Black kid in this town. After Ethan was bullied and threatened by some older teenagers, a sense of dread that pervaded the book. However, the suspense level was just right. The suspense pulled me along. I wanted to see how Ethan and Juniper would navigate each subsequent situation. And that --- as they say --- is that. I am not going to talk any more about the plot. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book today. This coming of age story is resolved in a way I did not anticipate. It was a bit of a tearjerker at the end. The pace of the book is well measures. The story always felt believable and not exaggerated. Ethan and Juniper are such wonderful characters. I am thrilled that I got to meet them and join their journey for a little while. I would recommend this book to everyone, with no qualifiers as to preferred reading genre. This is a fabulous book. Everyone should read it. Brava, Ms. McQueen! ‘Thank-You’ to NetGalley; the publisher, Wattpad Books; and the author, Daven McQueen for providing a free e-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    alissa avaline

    My complete review will follow on my blog 9 June, so definitely watch out for that! But I do want to say a few things already: - I finished this in one sitting and it’s been so long since I’ve flown through a book like that. - this story is so empowering and the perfect mix of heartbreaking and beautiful. Powerful message for sure! - I got John Green vibes from this book which is literally the biggest compliment I’m ever going to give a book. - I cried. A few times. Yes. So I will say I would recomme My complete review will follow on my blog 9 June, so definitely watch out for that! But I do want to say a few things already: - I finished this in one sitting and it’s been so long since I’ve flown through a book like that. - this story is so empowering and the perfect mix of heartbreaking and beautiful. Powerful message for sure! - I got John Green vibes from this book which is literally the biggest compliment I’m ever going to give a book. - I cried. A few times. Yes. So I will say I would recommend reading this, but if you need an extra push I’ll see you on 9 June ;)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I loved this book. It was beautifully constructed it was incredible from beginning to end. Juniper was such an endearing character, and her positivity was magnetic throughout the story. This book is full of powerful messages about race and how we see the world. Definitely a tear jerker, but well worth the water works. Highly, recommend! Thank you to Netgalley and Wattpad Books for the opportunity to review this arc in exchange of an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Inkslinger

    ARC provided by Wattpad Books and Daven McQueen via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookBub "She hit him in the best way, like a rainstorm after five years of drought, healing the parched earth with a gentle touch; and in the worst way, like an unexpected earthquake, leaving dust and debris in her wake. She was, in equal parts, a gift and a natural disaster." 06-16: I suppose there's some irony in the fact that as I worked to ca ARC provided by Wattpad Books and Daven McQueen via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookBub "She hit him in the best way, like a rainstorm after five years of drought, healing the parched earth with a gentle touch; and in the worst way, like an unexpected earthquake, leaving dust and debris in her wake. She was, in equal parts, a gift and a natural disaster." 06-16: I suppose there's some irony in the fact that as I worked to catch up on my scheduled reads, 'The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones' by Daven McQueen, happened to come up at such a critical moment in history. If you know me, you know that since I like to read as near to release date as possible.. by the time I get to most of my reads, I no longer remember the synopsis. I like beginning a story with a fresh set of eyes and no presumptions.. just letting it unfold as I make my way through it. In hindsight, I vaguely remember being concerned about requesting it because I've only read one Wattpad writer and that was less than a great experience. McQueen has certainly shown me the level of skill in that community is diverse, however.. as this is a well-sculpted story, full of heart and tempered with sadness. "All of this really fits in the trees?" "Of course.." "..I told you: it's magic." The story revolves around a sixteen-year-old boy named Ethan Harper, the son of a biracial couple, in the summer of 1955. His father decides that it seems like a solid idea for Ethan to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in smalltown Alabama, where the majority of the residents are filled with ignorant prejudices and disapproval for anyone they don't feel 'blends in.' Having come from a city in Washington, Ethan is already miserable just dealing with the sudden isolation. He doesn't know his aunt and uncle and they don't seem welcoming either. He's got nothing but a few comic books and some records to attempt to make the place feel like home, and he's expected to work at his uncle's malt shop to earn his keep. He has a relatively innocent perspective which comes to a screeching halt in Ellison. During one of his lonely morning shifts, in comes Juniper Jones. She's wildly creative and full of life.. a veritable force of nature.. and she decides upon meeting him that they're going to be best friends and have an invincible summer adventure together. "Trying doesn't make me feel safe here. And I guess I just think there's only so much trying you all can do. There are some things about me and my life that you'll never understand." What develops between them is a beautiful, sometimes complicated relationship. While the townspeople leer at him, making horrendous comments about his presence and the neighborhood bullies do their best to torment him, she's busy trying to counter all that with as much kindness and warmth as she can muster. It's important to note, I think.. that there is indication he isn't targeted as openly as someone who lived in the town before him. Both due to his familial history with the town and his lighter skin tone, it's stated that he isn't made to suffer as much as he might otherwise, but what he does suffer is horrible. Overall, it's a story with plenty of joy and plenty of darkness. There's grief and sorrow. There's a sea of hate threatening to drown Ethan and even those who mean well, who seem to care.. don't really understand, which means they screw up too. There are definitely times that either well-meaning uninformed intentions or just plain ignorance to what it's like to be black, end up causing him pain too. I think the truth of their journey would have ended differently, but that's a tragedy real people are living with everyday. "..while I don't love the idea of you getting into fights... sometimes you need to be angry. A lot of the time, these days, you need to be angry." Honestly, there are a ton of sad stories like this, more devastating stories than the one found in this book.. actual experiences stretching back through generations. Unfortunately, this kind of thing isn't a rare occurence at all. It's still everywhere. As a society, we like to turn our heads and pretend everything is okay, but we're far from okay and that should be pretty apparent across the world right now. If you read this book.. I recommend it.. I hope you take a couple of things away with you. One.. no matter how much you think you comprehend of the reality someone else is living, unless you've lived it too.. you actually don't understand. And two, sometimes anger is not only justified.. it's necessary. PURCHASE LINKS: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO | WATERSTONES ---------- 06-15: Hoping to finish this up today. 06-14: Hit the halfway mark today around other projects. There's beauty here too, with the ugliness. 06-13: Only 20% in and already the story is both sad and infuriating. I have a feeling both will be worse by the time it's done. 06-12: I'm a bit behind on my non-deadline scheduled reads, so I'm just getting to this one today.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Gosh, this book made me angry! Especially as I read it during the height of the "black lives matter" protests following upon the police murder of George Floyd. As with many classic novels exploring the experience of prejudice, The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones is told from the perspective of a relative innocent - 16-year-old Ethan Harper from Arcadia, Washington, whose father is European-American and whose mostly-absent mother is African-American. As a woman of mixed Scottish, English and n Gosh, this book made me angry! Especially as I read it during the height of the "black lives matter" protests following upon the police murder of George Floyd. As with many classic novels exploring the experience of prejudice, The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones is told from the perspective of a relative innocent - 16-year-old Ethan Harper from Arcadia, Washington, whose father is European-American and whose mostly-absent mother is African-American. As a woman of mixed Scottish, English and numerous sundry ancestries, I'm hesitant to apply labels like "mixed race" or "biracial", as race is a completely cultural construct (I found this article an excellent digest of the issue). Suffice to say, while Ethan has experienced occasional racial name-calling by peers, life as a teenager in the Pacific Northwest offers him much the same opportunities as everyone else his age. However, following a fight with a schoolmate who used a racial epithet against him, and a resultant suspension from school, his father decides that sending Ethan to stay with reluctant family members in rural Ellison, Alabama for the summer will "do him good". The year is 1955 - "Jim Crow" segregation laws are still applied in Alabama, but civil unrest is building in the African-American community, which will morph into the rise of the civil rights movement within months. 15-year-old Claudette Colvin has been arrested in nearby Montgomery for failing to relinquish her bus seat to a white woman, in a precursor to the more publicised incident involving Rosa Parks towards the end of the year. Within days of Ethan's departure from Ellison, 14-year-old Emmett Till will be brutally beaten to death by two white men across the border in Money, Mississippi, accused of having disrespected a white woman. It doesn't take long for Ethan to detect that Ellison is not a safe place for him, and that the (exlusively white) townsfolk regard him with a mix of fear and overt antipathy. He is put to work by his uncle in the family malt shop (milkbar), which is where he encounters the effervescent Juniper Jones. Although white, Juniper doesn't display the prejudice and disdain of others, quickly earmarking Ethan as her new best friend and sidekick for the next three months. She has an "invincible summer" of adventures and challenges planned for them - including boating in the nearby lake, climbing the "tallest tree in Alabama", snail-racing and trying every flavour of milkshake in the malt shop. At first, Ethan is bemused by her attentions, but he quickly falls into her plans and begins to experience the beauty and wonder of his surroundings through Juniper's lens. However, the menace of racism is ever-present - in the derogatory comments of the town's citizens, in his aunt and uncle's repeated warnings to be mindful how he acts, and in the relentless provocations of white supremacist fellow teenager, Ryan. As the hot summer days pass by in Juniper's enthusiastic company, Ethan begins to move beyond feelings of resentment (mostly directed at his father, who has never tried to understand Ethan's experience of race) to a more mature outlook on the world and its iniquties. A visit with Juniper to his mother in nearby Montgomery galvanises his feelings, as he is forced to use an inferior "blacks only" restroom and sit separately from Juniper in the movie theatre. As the book reaches its climax, the infamous KKK raises its ugly head in Ellison, leaving Ethan genuinely in fear of his life. With his return to the relative safety of Arcadia only days away, events overtake Ethan and Juniper in a devastating manner, which will change Ethan's life forever. What struck me most about this book was its use of contrast - the beauty of the surroundings with the ugliness of the inhabitants’ prejudice, Juniper's innocence with the closed-minded hatred of the Klan and its supporters, Juniper's efforts (with Ethan's assistance) to change the world for the better with the white citizens' desperate need to maintain the order of things as they have always been. Juniper is one of those luminous, almost Christ-like characters - an archetypal innocent - like Phineas in A Separate Peace - whose essential goodness shines bright, (view spoiler)[but who seem often to be doomed to a premature exit (hide spoiler)] . I found this a beautiful book, with engaging characters and a storyline that provoked consideration on the individual impacts of societal prejudice and the importance of maintaining courage in the face of injustice. Very highly recommended. Thanks to the author, the publisher Wattpad Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to review a copy of The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones prior to publication. #TheInvincibleSummerofJuniperJones #NetGalley

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dini Kamayana

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks also to the FFBC for including me on the blog tour for this book! 4.5 stars rounded up. The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones… What do I even say? This is not an easy book to swallow or digest! I’m not going to lie, I read the majority of this book with one of those ‘movie intro’ voice overs (along the lines of Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice) narrating in my head because from the word go this book liter Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks also to the FFBC for including me on the blog tour for this book! 4.5 stars rounded up. The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones… What do I even say? This is not an easy book to swallow or digest! I’m not going to lie, I read the majority of this book with one of those ‘movie intro’ voice overs (along the lines of Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice) narrating in my head because from the word go this book literally played out like a movie in my head (a la My Girl, Forrest Gump etc.). I knew that this book would affect me but what I didn’t expect was how much. From the opening notes by the author to the final pages as Ethan gets his ‘closure’, this book is tough. I’m pretty sure I cried through 80% of it not only because it was such an emotionally heavy read, but also because of how relevant it is at this moment. There has been so much hurt, anger, sadness and frustrated energy that has been projected globally after the death of George Floyd, and the following protests and riots; so maybe that has influenced my reading experience. Although I’ll say that as an emotional reader I’m quite sure I still would’ve ended up crying for a good chunk of this book even with none of what’s happening right now. First, I want to touch on the writing. There were points when the writing did get a bit too purple but overall, it was very atmospheric and beautifully descriptive. I loved how McQueen described certain things (whether objects, surroundings or people) in ways that I would’ve never imagined but I was still able to so easily call these images to mind and picture it unfolding before me. McQueen manages to bring the hot and sticky summer days in Alabama to life and it felt as if I was there in the heat with Ethan and Juniper, adventuring through a quiet town surrounded by trees with a lake in the middle. Despite the fear that dogs Ethan’s summer in Ellison, there was a certain childhood whimsy to the ‘invincible summer adventures’ between the two that really warmed my heart and made me nostalgic. At the same time, I felt the underlying current of dread that kept me on my metaphorical toes while reading as I waited for the other shoe to drop, and it made me want to stop reading but also keep reading at the same time! I loved Ethan and Juniper. I felt so much for both of them being the outcasts in this small middle-of-nowhere town full of racists and small-minds. They both experience such growth over the course of a summer and it was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I don’t have adequate words to express how horrifying and devastating it was to read Ethan’s innocence be so quickly and completely swept away as the days passed in Ellison. I can’t imagine having to deal with that level of anxiety and fear at such a young age for just being who you are; because of the colour of your skin. I was flabbergasted that Ethan’s father, who(‘s white and) grew up there and knew what the people are like, could even think to send his biracial son there. So much wilful ignorance and it boils my blood! Like many YA novels, this book has the ‘missing parent’ syndrome, although Ethan’s aunt and uncle were more-or-less present they didn’t have a big role, but I wished that Ethan’s parents were more visible; especially his mother as it would’ve given the book more depth/strength. On the other hand, Juniper was… a breath of fresh air. She was a total whirlwind and brought so much life to the page that her character seemed almost real in front of me. She “marches to the beat of her own drum” and you can sense she has experienced a lot of her own suffering, yet those differences makes her more understanding and accepting of others. She was by no means perfect and even made some painful mistakes, but she really tried her best in the way she knew how and ended up being a very headstrong and wonderfully supportive friend to Ethan. I’m quite sure we could all benefit from having a Juniper Jones in our lives! I do wish we learned more about her backstory but I do understand why we didn’t. *Gah, so many emotions!* When the story opened with Ethan in 2015, I thought I knew where we were headed and who he was originally talking about but… wow, I was so wrong? Maybe I was naive to think that nothing worse could happen but that ‘twist’ in the story sprung up on me and left me gasping! I just…oh my days. I think what’s the most painful to realise is that despite this being a historical fiction, it’s evident that not all that much has changed. As a POC, I have experienced instances of racism from when I lived in Australia and the UK but never to the extent that I’ve had to fear for my life because of the colour of my skin; and it’s upsetting to say that that in itself is a privilege because it shouldn’t be. I’m not sure what else to say. This book couldn’t be more relevant right now and I think it contributes well to the discussion of how deeply racism is rooted in society and how privilege is there whether you want it, acknowledge it, accept it or not. The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones is well-written and although the subject matter is complex and difficult to digest, it’s accessible. I’m so glad that I read this book and I’ve already pre-ordered it to for my physical shelves!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    ~4.5~ Full review to come soon. MY HEART. Oh, my poor heart. This was such a beautiful story, but I've been weeping for a solid 45 minutes now so I think I need to step away from this book for a few days so I can come back and coherently explain how much I loved it. Let's just say I'm so glad I planted sunflowers this year.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    July 3, 2020: The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones is a bittersweet summer tale that perfectly travels through a newfound friendship and brings happiness under the sun while painting an atmosphere of anxiety and fear in response to narrow-minded racists in a small town—an obvious backdrop for the historical fiction that this book is but also a relevant theme in today's society. This read can be emotionally drenching because the good and the bad, both demands a lot and the readers shouldn't be s July 3, 2020: The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones is a bittersweet summer tale that perfectly travels through a newfound friendship and brings happiness under the sun while painting an atmosphere of anxiety and fear in response to narrow-minded racists in a small town—an obvious backdrop for the historical fiction that this book is but also a relevant theme in today's society. This read can be emotionally drenching because the good and the bad, both demands a lot and the readers shouldn't be shying away from feeling it all. The writing went overboard at some places but considering what it aims for, there's nothing to complain. A YA contemporary that strongly paints the evident racism and compels empathy to follow, it can be anyone's next best read. May 19, 2020: I have found some amazing books through Wattpad and this is one such YA story. While historical fiction isn't my favorite genre, I've always given my heart to the few HFs I do read, and this one promises an ownvoices biracial representation during an era that didn't understand diversity. Super excited to read a published version. Thank you, Wattpad Books for a digital copy via Edelweiss!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Exceptional. In this current time where many are struggling to talk to their children about race, this book will be a wonderful tool for parents and teachers to do just that. Ethan Harper is half-Black teenager living in Washington state with his father. After getting into a fight at school and sent to live with his white relatives in rural Alabama at the height of segregation laws, he's in for a hard summer until Juniper Jones walks into his life and promises him an invincible summer. The two b Exceptional. In this current time where many are struggling to talk to their children about race, this book will be a wonderful tool for parents and teachers to do just that. Ethan Harper is half-Black teenager living in Washington state with his father. After getting into a fight at school and sent to live with his white relatives in rural Alabama at the height of segregation laws, he's in for a hard summer until Juniper Jones walks into his life and promises him an invincible summer. The two become fast friends as the outcasts in town. They build a plan to have the most unforgettable summer ever. Heartbreaking but easy to read, this book dealt with some very difficult issues, particularly for a young reader, but in a way that I think will make a big impact on how young readers view the world. I received an Advanced Read Copy of this book from Net Galley but immediately purchased a copy for my home library as this is one book I will definitely read again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    ”It’s important for us to know where we come from and what’s been done to us, otherwise, how’re we supposed to fight what’s happening to us now? It’s all connected.” Reading The Invincible Summer Of Juniper Jones a book that primarily takes place in Ellison, Alabama during the summer of 1955, in June of 2020 it’s very hard to feel like a whole lot has changed since then. Now if I’d read this book two months ago my views may have been slightly different, but today the realization of just how far w ”It’s important for us to know where we come from and what’s been done to us, otherwise, how’re we supposed to fight what’s happening to us now? It’s all connected.” Reading The Invincible Summer Of Juniper Jones a book that primarily takes place in Ellison, Alabama during the summer of 1955, in June of 2020 it’s very hard to feel like a whole lot has changed since then. Now if I’d read this book two months ago my views may have been slightly different, but today the realization of just how far we still have to go in terms of race relations in this country feels like it weighs a ton. ”Sometimes you need to be angry. A lot of the time, these days, you need to be angry.” Daven McQueen’s debut novel set in a small southern town tells the story of Ethan Henry a biracial 14 year old boy raised by his white father, who after an incident in his home town, is sent to Ellison to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle. Ellison is not a welcoming place for a boy like Ethan and they make that fact abundantly clear. Everyone except for Juniper Jones, the town outcast who just also happens to be a ray of sunshine for Ethan. If Ethan is going to survive this summer as the only colored boy in an Alabama town he is going to need a friend like Juniper, and while he may not be quite ready for everything Juniper has planned for the two of them, he clearly knows that this is going to be the most invincible summer ever! ”It was hard to feel patriotic in a place where he wasn’t welcome. It seemed impossible that this could be his country too, when he so obviously did not belong.” I’ll admit I was not prepared for this book. I was not prepared for this book, by a baby faced author to knock me out in so many different ways. For the characters to come alive in the way that they did, especially Juniper. For the time and the place to feel so authentic. Or for it to break my heart in so many different ways. I don’t think that if I’d read this book at any other time in my life it would have had the same impact, and although I struggled daily to focus on reading, not because this book was anything less than amazing but because it’s been hard to turn away from the news of what’s going on in the world right now, I am so glad that I picked it up when I did. If you can please support this young talented Black author when this book comes out on June 16th, I promise you will not regret it. ”Because people are afraid of what will happen if we are really free. When you trap people for hundreds of years, make their lives a living hell, they’re bound to get antsy. And furious. And so white folks think the harder they make it for us to live, the longer they’ll be able to put off a revolution.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones weaves together issues of racism and discrimination set in a beautiful story about friendship and hope. It is a heartbreaking and resilient, joyful and disheartening, hard-hitting and nuanced. I can't recommend this enough! READ THIS BOOK! Full Book Review The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones weaves together issues of racism and discrimination set in a beautiful story about friendship and hope. It is a heartbreaking and resilient, joyful and disheartening, hard-hitting and nuanced. I can't recommend this enough! READ THIS BOOK! Full Book Review

  21. 5 out of 5

    linda hole

    This book was so painful and raw, But at the same time it was beaitiful and stunning. It held my attention through the whole book. This book is one of those books that is hard to explain.. trust me you just have to read the book and experience the book yourself. Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this e arc in exchange for an honest opinion

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mahdish

    I was utterly speechless when this book ended. I just had to sit with it for a few minutes to take it all in. It was a powerful, piercing and bittersweet tale of life, friendship and race. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone at any age. A few pages in and i knew this would be one of those books that would stick in my mind for a good few years if not forever. The characters were absolutely lovely and vivid, beaming with joy of living while suffering deeply at what the society chose to off I was utterly speechless when this book ended. I just had to sit with it for a few minutes to take it all in. It was a powerful, piercing and bittersweet tale of life, friendship and race. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone at any age. A few pages in and i knew this would be one of those books that would stick in my mind for a good few years if not forever. The characters were absolutely lovely and vivid, beaming with joy of living while suffering deeply at what the society chose to offer them. The pace was perfect, and also i did not notice any unevenness or a stray paragraph that was unrelated to the whole body of the story, just like a puzzle everything fell into place and made this book unforgettable. And as good books are meant to be, The Invincible Summer Of Juniper Jones, left me with a giant question mark: Has our world truly changed into a better place to live (through these many decades of injustice) for people who stand out from the rest?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jantine

    I wasn't easy to start reading this book - the first pages had drawings on them, and somehow that made my e-reader crash, so I had to read it on my laptop. My arm is broken near the shoulder, and sinse I had to lean in a bit to read on my laptop, it would hurt a bit to read. This book was totally worth that hassle, I would do it all over again. 'The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones' is bittersweet. It tells, no, shows how much racism hurts, especially the kind of racism that we white people har I wasn't easy to start reading this book - the first pages had drawings on them, and somehow that made my e-reader crash, so I had to read it on my laptop. My arm is broken near the shoulder, and sinse I had to lean in a bit to read on my laptop, it would hurt a bit to read. This book was totally worth that hassle, I would do it all over again. 'The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones' is bittersweet. It tells, no, shows how much racism hurts, especially the kind of racism that we white people hardly notice, or tend to rugsweep. It also shows true friendship and how important it is to care and to stick up for each other and ourselves. I also want to say sorry tp POC, for all those times I probably have missed racism right under my nose and/or swept it under a rug. You didn't deserve any of it, ever. I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked this up. It turned out to be more than I had hoped. This book deals with the topic of racism in the 50s but it is also full of hope. When Juniper arrived, the story just took a life of its own. At times, Ethan annoyed me due to his attitude. Yes, he was dealing with stuff that no person should have to suffer through but he seemed to think that he was the only one in the world with problems and took it out on Juniper. Juniper is such a fun character. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked this up. It turned out to be more than I had hoped. This book deals with the topic of racism in the 50s but it is also full of hope. When Juniper arrived, the story just took a life of its own. At times, Ethan annoyed me due to his attitude. Yes, he was dealing with stuff that no person should have to suffer through but he seemed to think that he was the only one in the world with problems and took it out on Juniper. Juniper is such a fun character. She does not let others influence her and goes after what she wants. She is so uplifting and just reading about her made me happy. I felt like I was living in 1955 with her and riding on the bike pegs, going over every bump in the road. I'd recommend this to anyone who liked A Walk to Remember. Daven McQueen is definitely an author that I plan to keep my eye on. Rating: 5/5 Language: s*** used a handful of times, the n-word is used, d*** in various forms Romance: n/a Spiritual: n/a Violence: a bit due to racism *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher for review purposes. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required. Quotes are taken from an ARC and subject to change before publication. Favorite Quotes: The town was out there, somewhere, and in it, Noah and his friends, and the whispering townspeople -- and somewhere else, far away, Arcadia, Washington, his family, and home. But here was Juniper Jones, in her muddy skirt, wearing paint on her cheeks like a badge of honor and spinning through the grass with her arms wide enough to embrace the moon. Ethan thought that if the world were to disappear at that very moment, and this was the last sight he ever saw, he wouldn't mind at all. She had forest-fire hair and hurricane eyes, and when he met her, it was as if his world had been set aflame. She hit him in the best way, like a rainstorm after five years of drought, healing the parached earth with a gentle touch; and in the worst way, like an unexpected earthquake, leaving dust and debris in her wake. She was, in equal parts, a gift and a natural disaster. Her name was Juniper Jones. It was not long before not only the trees, but also grass, the dirt, and Juniper's face were splattered in flecks of every color of the rainbow. But she ddin't seem the slightest bit aware of the mess she was making; every part of her was solely focused on the canvas in front of her. She didn't seem to breathe. Ethan couldn't look away.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Five star for stunning story, and while there are things that don't sit right, the fact it was a solid 5 tissue cry at the end, well...! It tells the story of a long hot summer that seemingly lasts for ever, and it reads as such as well - there were moments I wondered when *something* was going to happen - but it clearly lulls the reader into a false sense of security. Opening the tale with a 'flash forward', Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Five star for stunning story, and while there are things that don't sit right, the fact it was a solid 5 tissue cry at the end, well...! It tells the story of a long hot summer that seemingly lasts for ever, and it reads as such as well - there were moments I wondered when *something* was going to happen - but it clearly lulls the reader into a false sense of security. Opening the tale with a 'flash forward', you learn that the main character, Ethan, is still alive, and heading back to Ellison, Alabama for a funeral- meaning you spend the rest of book trying to guess who the funeral is he's going back for. I guessed very wrong, but think that was the point! I mentioned there are things that don't sit well with me: that Ethan's father would leave his son in a town in Alabama in 1955, is almost negligient. The range of white characters who do nothing in the face of mounting tension is baffling. Even though I got this through Netgalley, I've ordered the paperback and will be glad to have this on my bookshelf!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus It's about time there are some Civil Rights historical fiction books from the POV of Black boys; for some reason most are from the POV of white teen girls. I would definitely purchase this for high school, and there's nothing inappropriate for middle school. It's got more of a YA pace and level of description; sort of Stargirl vibe in 1955. My readers need a little more action and also more information about the state of Civil Rights at the time, so I am debating. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus It's about time there are some Civil Rights historical fiction books from the POV of Black boys; for some reason most are from the POV of white teen girls. I would definitely purchase this for high school, and there's nothing inappropriate for middle school. It's got more of a YA pace and level of description; sort of Stargirl vibe in 1955. My readers need a little more action and also more information about the state of Civil Rights at the time, so I am debating. Certainly an effective story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Denise Adele K

    I loved this book so incredibly much, it nearly hurt. I hope this finds its way into everyone’s hearts and shelves this summer. The coming of age story set in Alabama, 1955 could not be more pertinent in 2020.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    "She showed me that people can be good and there can be hope, even when it hurts." This book. It was so good and so painful. I usually don't like historical fiction that much, as I find it kinda boring but The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones was really captivating. What hurts the most is that it tackles issues that are still prevalent today - issues that shouldn't exist in our society but do because of continued white privilege. Ethan was such a complicated character to follow and his frie "She showed me that people can be good and there can be hope, even when it hurts." This book. It was so good and so painful. I usually don't like historical fiction that much, as I find it kinda boring but The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones was really captivating. What hurts the most is that it tackles issues that are still prevalent today - issues that shouldn't exist in our society but do because of continued white privilege. Ethan was such a complicated character to follow and his friendship with Juniper was a story that I couldn't stop reading. I loved how their friendship blossomed and this book absolutely broke my heart. Please read it! Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

  29. 4 out of 5

    val

    "Do you hate me, Aunt Cara?" he asked, voice wavering. "Does everyone here hate me?" ARC PROVIDED BY NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW It's 1955, and biracial Ethan Harper got in an altercation at school, his dad decides to teach him a lesson by sending him for the whole summer to Ellison, Alabama; A small town where everybody lets him know he's not welcomed. Except for Juniper Jones, a red-haired girl full of joy and energy. With their bikes ready, the pair decides to live an invinci "Do you hate me, Aunt Cara?" he asked, voice wavering. "Does everyone here hate me?" ARC PROVIDED BY NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW It's 1955, and biracial Ethan Harper got in an altercation at school, his dad decides to teach him a lesson by sending him for the whole summer to Ellison, Alabama; A small town where everybody lets him know he's not welcomed. Except for Juniper Jones, a red-haired girl full of joy and energy. With their bikes ready, the pair decides to live an invincible summer and find their places while confronted with the reality of being black in the United States mid 50's. I'm part of the minority here, I thought this book was okay. I had a few problems that kept me from enjoying it like the rest. Fist of all, this book has a very slow begging, LIKE REALLY SLOW, it took me like 100 pages and 3 weeks to get into it. There's a lot of drag in the pages, alongside with unnecessary and long descriptions that make the book boring Also, the 3rd person narration was not a smart choice, in my opinion. The whole point of this type of narrator is to give a big picture to was happening but also give input into the character's mind. In this book, the narration fails mainly because it's character-driven, and the 3rd person doesn't add anything to the book, it only makes the protagonist feels distant. The same would've been achieved with a 1st person narrator. For another part, here we can see an amazing description of racial topics and discussions, giving an interesting point of view to how was like growing up black in the mid-'50s. I would recommend this book to everyone how's felt the sense of not belonging in any place. To everyone that was the only like them in the room. To everyone that hated the way they were born and wanted to change it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ula

    Have you ever been forced to spend a whole Summer with your relatives in some faraway small town? That’s something that happened to Ethan Charlie Harper as a punishment for his misbehavior. Ethan was living in Arcadia, Washington and perspective of spending his whole Summer down in Ellison, Alabama sounded extremely boring for him. He would’ve been right if not the fact that Ethan was a mixed-race kid and it was the year 1955. It’s a beautiful and touching story about friendship, race, searching Have you ever been forced to spend a whole Summer with your relatives in some faraway small town? That’s something that happened to Ethan Charlie Harper as a punishment for his misbehavior. Ethan was living in Arcadia, Washington and perspective of spending his whole Summer down in Ellison, Alabama sounded extremely boring for him. He would’ve been right if not the fact that Ethan was a mixed-race kid and it was the year 1955. It’s a beautiful and touching story about friendship, race, searching for your own inner circle and a place where you belong. It’s impossible to finish The invincible Summer.. without feeling wrath and resentment towards all the unlawful actions that have happened before and happens today against people of color. This story affected me in so many ways. It made me cry and laugh and - most importantly- made me think about all the privileges I was born with. The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones is almost a love story with a heavy background of racial issues and for me, as a white person, it was s a way to look at the world with less privileged eyes. The author, Daven McQueen, is contrasting idyllic and peaceful scenes of Summer vacations in a small southern town with wild and heartbreaking racist actions towards innocent people. That sweet and sour mix is served in perfectly measured portions that made me keep reading. It is Daven McQueen's first published book and I cannot wait for her next works. Our society needs more great books like this one. Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and feelings are my own

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