The Summer of Us
By Cecilia Vinesse
American expat Aubrey has only two weeks left in Europe before she leaves for college, and she's nowhere near ready. Good thing she and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last group trip across the continent. From Paris to Prague, they're going to explore famous museums, sip champagne in fancy restaurants, and eat as many croissants as possible with their friends Clara, Jonah, and Gabe.
But when old secrets come to light, Aubrey and Rae's trip goes from a carefree adventure to a complete disaster. For starters, there's Aubrey and Gabe's unresolved history, complicated by the fact that Aubrey is dating Jonah, Gabe's best friend. And then there's Rae's hopeless crush on the effortlessly cool Clara. How is Rae supposed to admit her feelings to someone so perfect when they're moving to different sides of the world in just a few weeks?
About the Author
Cecilia Vinesse is a dual citizen of the US and the UK, and, like her main characters, has spent much of her life as an expat. She is a graduate of Barnard College in New York, holds a master’s degree in creative writing from St. Andrews, and is the author of Seven Days of You and The Summer of Us. She currently lives in England.
"This is such a witty and vibrant story that you can finish in a day and made me restless to travel the world thanks to its vivid descriptions of each location the characters visited."
—Olivia, Stories for Coffee
"In this book I've learned some important messages, whether intentionally put there by the author or not, that no matter how much you plan/imagine certain things, they almost most likely won't turn our picture perfect as you planned. Sometimes that can be for the better, but it might be for the worst. But in the end, it's going to be okay."
—Kathleen, Read Forever More
"I found this story to be very relatable, and it made me reflect on my own experience of graduating high school and being both excited to move on and start the next chapter in my life and also being totally scared of losing my friendships from high school."
—Zakiya, To Borrow or Buy