When I Was Summer – J.B. Howard

 When I Was Summer – J.B. Howard, Viking, (9780451480200), 2019

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  When her band gets a chance to play in San Francisco, Nora decides to use the trip to search for her birth mother.  Nora is a bassist in her high school band Blue Miles who dreams of pursuing music. She sometimes feels like an outsider in her family as her parents want her to follow in their corporate footsteps along with their biological daughter Irene.  Nora has always known she was adopted, but now going into her senior year of high school she begins to wonder about nature versus nurture. As the band sets out cracks appear in the group and romantic feelings further confuse Nora. In the end, Nora comes of age and realizes that she needs to be herself no matter who that might be.  A wonderfully told story with great characters.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers who enjoy realistic coming of age stories will like this.  Hand it to fans of John Green.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 7/27/19           


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