The Summer I Turned Pretty meets People We Meet on Vacation in a YA second chance romance where the rules for getting over an ex turn out to be more complicated than they seem.
Seventeen-year-old volleyball star Kaylee Jordan lives a life of player rankings, constant training, and a carefully curated social media full of followers watching to see if she'll go pro out of high school like her famous mom. Her one refuge, and the thing she looks forward to every summer? The vacation her family spends in Malibu with the Freeman-Yus. This year, there’s only one problem: Kaylee and their son, Dean, dated for the past three months, and Kaylee just unceremoniously dumped him. Hoping to spare them the worst summer ever, Kaylee comes to Dean with her unconventional solution: she’s going to walk him through her rules for getting over an ex. When Dean grudgingly cooperates, Kaylee’s got her work cut out for her. But helping Dean follow her own rules starts becoming difficult when the pressures of Kaylee’s family legacy and perfect life start to feel less like a plan and more like a prison…and amid warm California nights and stolen laughs, Kaylee feels herself falling for Dean for the same reasons and some new ones. With their trip coming to an end, Kaylee has to make the complicated choice between doing what’s expected and taking a (
chance on love.
April 4, 2023
12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
Lexile: 770L | Fountas/Pinnell: Z+
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
are the authors of Always Never Yours
, If I'm Being Honest
, Time of Our Lives
, What's Not to Love
, With and Without You
, as well as the adult romance The Roughest Draft
(Berkeley, 2022). Raised by a school librarian, Austin's always had a passion for books. He met and fell in love with Emily in high school, graduated from Harvard, and is now a practicing attorney. Emily, whose parents are screenwriters, attended Princeton University where she wrote the first novel in her self-published YA fantasy trilogy, The Last Oracle, which was featured in USA Today
and was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Now married, Emily and Austin live in Los Angeles.
"A moving subplot about how Kaylee lives in her three-time Olympic gold-medalist mother's shadow adds depth to her development, and it's refreshing to read a romance in which it's the girl who's the elite jock. A breezy, beachy teen love story." --Kirkus
“Developing rifts between Kaylee's and Dean's mothers and dilemmas confronting Dean's younger sister add further emotional depth to this frothy, sports-forward beach read by married creators Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka” --PW