Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Every Summer After
.ePUB, 272 pages
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
By: Viking

About The Book:
hey say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser that has felt too true for the last decade, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart. Until the day she gets a call that sends her racing back to Barry's Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek. For five summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family restaurant and curling up together with books--medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her--Percy and Sam had been inseparable. And slowly that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart. When Percy returns to the lake to attend Sam's mother's funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. Percy must confront the decisions she's made and the years she's spent punishing herself for them, in order to determine, once and for all, whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

My Review:
This book takes place over one weekend when Percy goes to the funeral for the mother of the boy she loved as a teen. They spent every summer together for six years until Percy did something that she believed was unforgivable. We also get the story of the six years Sam and Percy spent together. I loved the dual timelines and the fact that the surprise of exactly what Percy did wasn't revealed until nearly the very end and I had no idea what it was going to be. This is about first loves, growing up, and forgiving...yourself and others. I loved the coming-of-age parts the best for some reason. It's a wonderful book for a beach read, about summer love and time at the cottage. Being from Toronto I loved all the references to cities and towns throughout Ontario. a lot of which I have actually visited. This was a coming-of-age story that felt so real and true to life and the teenage angst was palatable.  I borrowed this from my local library and waited almost two months for it...it was worth it! Thank you Toronto Public Library!


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