Not our summer

Casie Bazay

Book - 2021

Estranged cousins K. J. and Becka must complete their deceased grandfather's strange bucket list in order to earn the inheritance they both need, but Grandpa's real motive makes it a challenge.

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Genres
Young adult fiction
Published
New York, NY : Running Press Teens 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
284 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 13-18.
Grades 10-12.
ISBN
9780762472291
0762472294
Main Author
Casie Bazay (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Estranged cousins K.J. and Becka are on opposing sides of a dispute begun by their mothers decades ago. They don't talk, they don't know each other, and they don't want to. Then their grandfather, who had a weird sense of humor, dies and leaves them an inheritance on one condition—that they visit a list of places, together, the summer after they both graduate high school. While at first they're only begrudgingly accomplishing their grandfather's list, soon enough the girls are talking—and even trusting each other. Through their alternating chapters, with occasional asides from their grandfather, the truth of the long feud between their mothers is slowly revealed, and it shakes them both. Can they move beyond their mothers' secrets and remain friends, or will their truce only last for the summer? Bazay's debut is enjoyable realistic fiction, and believable, relatable heroines K.J. and Becka will appeal to anyone with heavy family histories. A recommended purchase for teen collections. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Although they are cousins, high school seniors KJ and Becka, who are white, have been strangers most of their lives, until they meet again at their eccentric grandfather's funeral and learn that they must fulfill his bucket list of adventures…together. The two have lived separate and very different lives as a result of a feud between their mothers, but their grandfather wanted them to be friends despite the rift, so he forces them to go on five exciting trips. All of the experiences were meticulously planned before his death, and the girls and their mothers will not receive their large inheritance unless they fulfill each one. As they ride mules to the bottom of Grand Canyon, hike through Yellowstone, whitewater raft in the Chattooga River, and scuba dive in Key West, the cousins reluctantly find that they have more in common than they thought. Their fondness for each other predictably grows, until they learn a shocking fact about their past that threatens to sabotage their trust. The girls' distinct personalities are revealed through alternating first-person chapters, and letters that arrive from their grandfather throughout the summer disclose why he has gone to extraordinary lengths to reunite the girls. The descriptions of their experiences are enough to tempt a traveler, but they remain a backdrop against which the plot and characters evolve. VERDICT Although there are many unanswered questions, this engaging debut packs authentic dialogue, strong personalities, and fabulous destinations into a heartwarming tale of family drama and personal growth.—MaryAnn Karre, Binghamton, NY Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Estranged cousins K. J. and Becka must complete their deceased grandfather's strange bucket list in order to earn the inheritance they both need, but Grandpa's real motive makes it a challenge.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Left a bucket list of places to visit together by their late grandfather, estranged cousins Becka and KJ ride mules into the Grand Canyon, spot bears at Yellowstone and steadily build trust while uncovering the truths behind a long-standing family feud. 15,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Two estranged cousins struggle to overcome a family feud as they travel together on five vacation trips that will change their lives forever. It's bad enough that estranged cousins Becka and KJ see each other at their grandfather's funeral, but when he leaves them a bucket list of places to visit together over the summer, so they can earn their inheritance, it seems like things are about to get much worse.However, with each trip the cousins complete'like riding mules into the Grand Canyon or encountering a bear and a hot tour guide at Yellowstone'they steadily learn about and begin to trust one another. That is until the truth behind Grandpa's bucket list, and their family feud, is revealed, testing Becka and KJ far beyond their limits.Will they find a way to accept each other or will their grandpa's wish to mend his divided family end up buried alongside him inside his grasshopper green casket?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Two estranged cousins struggle to overcome a family feud as they travel together on five vacation trips that will change their lives forever.

It's bad enough that estranged cousins Becka and KJ see each other at their grandfather's funeral, but when he leaves them a bucket list of places to visit together over the summer, so they can earn their inheritance, it seems like things are about to get much worse.

However, with each trip the cousins complete—like riding mules into the Grand Canyon or encountering a bear and a hot tour guide at Yellowstone—they steadily learn about and begin to trust one another. That is until the truth behind Grandpa's bucket list, and their family feud, is revealed, testing Becka and KJ far beyond their limits.

Will they find a way to accept each other or will their grandpa's wish to mend his divided family end up buried alongside him inside his grasshopper green casket?