Cool for the summer

Dahlia Adler

Book - 2021

Larissa Bogdan was supposed to spend her summer babysitting and bookselling. Instead, she tagged along with her mom to the Outer Banks, working on her tan and making new friends. Now she's back and starting her senior year at Stratford High, only to face another unexpected turn: She's finally attracted the attention of superstar quarterback Chase Harding, the guy she's crushed on since middle school. Then Jasmine Killary shows up. Jasmine, who's supposed to be in North Caroli...na, not the New York City suburbs. Jasmine, who immediately entices Stratford's student body with her glitterig beauty and casual-cool style. Jasmine, who gave Larissa the three most perfect months of her life. But now Jasmine's keeping her distance, not even acknoledging their friendship, much less the hot summer nights they spent together. Larissa knows she should be glad to bury their secret, but she also knows she never felt more comfortable, more confident, more herself than when she was with Jasmine. What was supposed to be a playful fling became something much deeper than she ever could have imagined. If Larissa's finally got the guy, why can't she stop thinking about the girl?

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Subjects
Genres
Young adult fiction
Novels
School fiction
Bisexual fiction
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Wednesday Books 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
259 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 14-18.
ISBN
9781250765826
125076582X
Main Author
Dahlia Adler (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Larissa Bogdan has spent most of her high-school career madly in love with Chase Harding, football star with a heart of gold. But Lara has always been most comfortable in the shadow of her louder, more ambitious best friends. It's not until the start of her senior year, when she arrives with a fresh haircut and a new, easy confidence, that Chase suddenly notices her for a change. It sounds like a lifelong dream come true, except for the reason for Lara's new confidence? That would be the summer she just spent in the Outer Banks with her mom, her mom's boss, and his daughter, Jasmine. What started as an intense friendship quickly developed into something more, both physically and emotionally, and though Lara has always thought of herself as straight, she's still unable to get Jasmine out of her head even now that summer's over. And when Jasmine herself transfers to Lara's high school for senior year, everything Lara ever thought she wanted is abruptly called into question. As she jumps back and forth in time between Lara's summer with Jasmine and her fall with Chase, Adler digs into one girl's exploration of her own desires. Written in Lara's dry but vulnerable voice and strung through with humor, warmth, and sensuality, this romance will speak to any reader who has ever struggled to know their own heart. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—This is at first glance a light teenage romance, but readers will find more depth within its pages. Lara has always blended into her group of friends and been hyper-focused on her crush on Chase, a football star in her school. Then she and her mother spend the summer away from New York on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Lara becomes friends with Jasmine. That friendship becomes a summer romance. Things get complicated when Jasmine shows up in New York in the fall to attend Lara's school and becomes part of her friend group. Chase, who Lara has swooned over for years, starts to notice her at the same time Jasmine appears, leading to a love triangle. The strength of this novel is Lara's discovery of herself and her sexuality. The relationship drama becomes the backdrop to Lara figuring out how to better understand who she wants to be, as opposed to simply copying the template of a cool friend. While some characters do echo typical teenage stereotypes, eclectic Jasmine is powerful and unique, and her relationship as a foil to Lara is refreshing. Lara is white and Jewish and Jasmine Syrian, Irish, and Jewish. VERDICT Readers who enjoy romance will be delightfully surprised with this book that will take them a bit deeper on the road of self-discovery through high school crushes.—April Sanders, Texas A&M Commerce, TX Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—This is at first glance a light teenage romance, but readers will find more depth within its pages. Lara has always blended into her group of friends and been hyper-focused on her crush on Chase, a football star in her school. Then she and her mother spend the summer away from New York on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Lara becomes friends with Jasmine. That friendship becomes a summer romance. Things get complicated when Jasmine shows up in New York in the fall to attend Lara's school and becomes part of her friend group. Chase, who Lara has swooned over for years, starts to notice her at the same time Jasmine appears, leading to a love triangle. The strength of this novel is Lara's discovery of herself and her sexuality. The relationship drama becomes the backdrop to Lara figuring out how to better understand who she wants to be, as opposed to simply copying the template of a cool friend. While some characters do echo typical teenage stereotypes, eclectic Jasmine is powerful and unique, and her relationship as a foil to Lara is refreshing. Lara is white and Jewish and Jasmine Syrian, Irish, and Jewish. VERDICT Readers who enjoy romance will be delightfully surprised with this book that will take them a bit deeper on the road of self-discovery through high school crushes.—April Sanders, Texas A&M Commerce, TX Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Seventeen-year-old Lara's dream of catching Chase Harding's eye finally comes true even as Jasmine, with whom she just spent a confusing, oddly romantic summer, reenters her life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Anticipating a romantic summer with her football star crush, Lara struggles with confusing memories about her feelings for a girl who unexpectedly transfers to her school. By the author of Just Visiting. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Witty, wise, and disarmingly tender. I am hopelessly devoted to this summer dream of a book." —Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaThe guy of her dreams... or the girl in her heart? Lara's had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He's tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he's talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe...flirting, even? No, wait, he's definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara's wanted out of life.Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she's finally got the guy, why can't she stop thinking about the girl?Dahlia Adler's Cool for the Summer is a story of self-discovery and new love. It’s about the things we want and the things we need. And it’s about the people who will let us be who we are.