Could it be true? Instead of a summer playing handmaiden to Daphne, was I being delivered something entirely different--a summer in the spotlight? A summer starring Gil Burke and me?

Summer flings and sexy romances were Daphne's territory. Not mine. I was the one you didn't pick.

I swatted off my hope like a bumblebee, knowing it was already too late. I'd been deliriously stung.

People always joked about summer romances because they didn't last. Summer romances were made out of ice cream and cotton candy, intensely sweet before they melted into nothing. But I'd never thought of Gil as a summer thing.

Gil was my real love, my real first. We were outsiders together, we had each other, we didn't care that we didn't belong.


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“Like storm clouds banking over a glittering sea, this heady novel by two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin builds to a dark, surprising climax.”
The Washington Post

“An atmospheric and engaging piece of historical fiction, this work will haunt and resonate with readers long after it ends. An excellent selection for YA collections.”
School Library Journal, starred review
“This book beautifully captures that one summer of first love—the excitement, the heartbreak, the way the world will never again look the same. I devoured it in one heady, swoony sitting.”
Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything 

"This is a glittery gem of a book. I was utterly transported to Fire Island—to endless summer days, girls in sundresses, that rush you get the first time you fall hard in love. I fell so hard in love with this book."
Jenny Han, New York Times Bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 

“Perfectly captures both the blinding brightness of summer love and the encroaching darkness of two girls competing for the same boy. I couldn’t put this delicious book down.”
Siobhan Vivian, New York Times Bestselling author of The List

“Meticulous prose.”
Kirkus Reviews

“As much sociology, and sometimes satire, as romance, the story is a compelling one that will surely have widespread appeal.”
Product Details
Age range
13 - 18
Grade range
8 - 12
Number of pages
Publication date
June 13, 2017