COLD SUMMER by Gwen Cole

COLD SUMMER

Age Range: 12 - 18
BUY NOW FROM
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

There’s no time like the present in this time-travel romance.

Teenager Harper Croft, apparently abandoned by her (inexplicably) aloof mother, moves to Iowa to live with her widower uncle, Jasper. It’s been six years since she saw her childhood buddy, now-17-year-old Kale Jackson, but their friendship soon turns into romance. But Kale finds it hard to be present, mentally and literally. He’s traumatized by his seemingly uncontrollable and increasingly frequent travels through time, having spent several months traveling back to World War II. With unexplainable absences and injuries, Kale has earned his gruff dad’s wrath and brother’s dismissal. Kale’s baffling unwillingness to demonstrate his ability is as logically flawed as the oversimplified explanation of time travel, but here, it’s cast as neither superpower nor curse but a metaphor for coming-of-age. Each of the white protagonists (also co-narrators) deals with familial woes, but girl gamer Harper is far less angst-y than broody mechanic Kale. Debut author Cole focuses more on exhilarating relationships than excellent adventures; she uses the slow pacing to develop her characters but tends toward repetitive descriptions and moralizing.

This emotional journey for a time-traveling guy and his now–girl-next-door is better suited to romance readers than science-fiction aficionados. (Fantasy. 12-18)

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5107-0766-5
Page count: 332pp
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2017




SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTEMPEST by Julie Cross
by Julie Cross
ChildrenA SONG TO TAKE THE WORLD APART by Zan Romanoff
by Zan Romanoff
ChildrenREAWAKENED by Colleen Houck
by Colleen Houck
ChildrenINFINITYGLASS by Myra McEntire
by Myra McEntire