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Book Title: June Dreams|
The author of the book: Katherine Applegate
Edition: Simon Pulse
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 836 KB
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Date of issue: June 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780671510305
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Reader ratings: 3.8
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I loved Katherine Applegate when I was a teen and pre-teen, and Making Waves (UK) was my favourite out of the Applegate series that I read. I haven't read any of the books for several years, but I'm happy to say that they hold up quite well, even years later.
Summer Can't Choose is the first in an eight-book (I think) series set in the Florida Keys. Summer Smith is a sweet, wholesome Minnesotan who, on one of the worst days of winter, receives an invitation to spend the summer in Crab Claw Key, Florida, with an aunt and cousin that she barely knows. She accepts readily - it's freezing cold in Minnesota, there are no interesting boys around, and the dream of hot beaches and hotter hunks is too much to resist.
Things in Florida, however, are both different and more than she expected. Her aunt - a famous romance writer - disappears on a book tour the same day Summer arrives, and her cousin Diana is moody and hard to get to know. But the sun is bright, the locals - especially new friend Marquez - are welcoming, and Summer soon finds she has not one but three potential guys hanging around: Seth, the cute carpenter who comes with an unfortunately clingy ex in tow; Diver, the mysterious wanderer who sleeps on the deck outside her house; and Adam, charming son of a billionaire senator.
With all these disparate characters coming together, there's sure to be fireworks.
I was surprised and pleased at how much I enjoyed Summer Can't Choose, even as an adult. Summer is a wonderful protagonist: wholesome, sweet, goofy, unsure of herself, and lacking the self-righteousness that (I felt) characterises some of Katherine Applegate's other heroines (I remember that I found both Zoey from Making Out / Girlfriends-Boyfriends and particularly Kate from Ocean City / Making Waves US to be annoyingly smug and judgemental at times). I think it's Summer's goofiness that saves her from being annoying - where the other girls were cool and self-confident (or at least pretended to be), Summer doesn't seem to hide behind any walls, instead facing the world with an open heart and a vulnerability that makes her very appealing.
Diana, Summer's cousin, appears to be manipulative and conniving, and spends the first half of the book trying to convince Summer to go home to Minnesota. She dumps Summer in a rickety old bungalow that used to be used by smugglers, in the hopes that without luxurious accommodations, Summer will turn tail and run. Summer's made of tougher stuff than that, though, so Diana reluctantly accepts that her cousin is here for the whole summer. While Diana is moody and temperamental, she's never overtly mean, so it's hard to dislike her. Later in the book, we find out some of the reasons behind her guarded personality, and she becomes a much more sympathetic character. Like Summer, she has a vulnerability to her that I found refreshing back in the mid-Nineties, when all the teenage girls I knew were tough and glossy and impossible to see inside, and that I still find a very likeable trait now.
Marquez - Maria Esmeralda Marquez, if you want to get technical - makes up the third part of the female trio, and a very interesting part she is. A vibrant, passionate artist at heart, she wants nothing more than to shove all her emotion and passion down deep inside, so she can pursue a career as a lawyer and make her family (refugees from Cuba) proud. Marquez claims to hate emotional stuff, and loathes getting pulled into people's problems - which means, of course, that she'll naturally get sucked into every big emotional mess that comes along. Poor Marquez. She just can't seem to shove that passion down deep enough, and it spills out everywhere - in her love of dancing, in the glorious murals she paints on the wall of her room, and in her feelings for her ex-boyfriend, J.T.
Rounding out the group we have Adam, son of a New Hampshire senator and ex-boyfriend of Diana, who's now falling for Summer; Seth, boy-next-door who came to Florida from Wisconsin on the same plane as Summer and kissed her in the airport; Lianne, Seth's clingy and manipulative ex-girlfriend who can't handle their break-up; J.T., Marquez's ex and current chef at the restaurant where Marquez and Summer work; and Diver, painfully beautiful man of mystery who seems to have no home other than the deck of Summer's bungalow. Each character - even the supporting ones - is written in a way that gives them a distinctive voice of their own, and the book as a whole has a vitality and humour that you don't often find in YA books from this period. These feel like real people to me, and love them or hate them, each character is someone I'd like to know.
I think this is perhaps Katherine Applegate's best work, at least of the ones I've read. While I did enjoy her other series as a kid (and haven't read them in a long time, so it's not really fair of me to judge. Oh well), this is the one that I always come back to when I need something light that'll make me laugh.
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Read information about the authorKatherine Applegate is the author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel CRENSHAW spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning HOME OF THE BRAVE, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.
Katherine has written three picture books: THE BUFFALO STORM; THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF IVAN, THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA (often used as a companion book to THE ONE ONE AND ONLY IVAN for younger readers); and SOMETIMES YOU FLY (publishing in spring, 2018). For beginning readers, Katherine wrote ROSCOE RILEY RULES, a seven-book series.
With her husband, Michael Grant, Katherine co-wrote ANIMORPHS, a long-running series that has sold over 35 million books worldwide.
Katherine lives in Marin County, California, with her family and assorted pets.
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