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Bringing the Summer

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  17 reviews
It’s the lazy end of summer and Freya is about to start her A levels. Her brother Joe died a year ago, but she is slowly coming to terms with his death. She is beginning to feel ready for something new – a change. And then a railway accident brings her into contact with the gorgeous Gabe. Freya is drawn not just to his blond good looks, but everything about him, including ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published May 10th 2012)
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
To be honest, I hadn't really heard of Julia Green before I received this book for review, but after reading it, I sincerely hope that this isn't the last that I hear of her! Bringing the Summer is a wonderfully written story that should appeal to teenagers and adults alike. On first examination, with its bright cover and shortish length, I thought that it was just going to be a quick, fun summer read, but it actually felt like so much more. Whilst the storyline is kept quite light and interesti ...more
Pamela Todd
Freya loves spending summers with her grandparents, but as the hot days draw to a close, Freya must return home. But her journey is not uneventful. A fatal accident changes everything for Freya and a part of her wants desperately to know what caused the events of that dreadful day.

What she discovers is Gabe, a boy who also goes to her college. He draws her in and welcomes her into his large and warm family. Their home is the embodiment of everything Freya has craved since her own brother died.
Hannah Ward
I have read one of Jane Green's books before and was a bit disappointed towards the end, but I have to say I enjoyed this one a little better. Great characters that you feel you may know them, fantastic little story that you just want to curl up under a blanket with. These books are part of a series but can also be read standalone, which I think is great. Jane has a brilliant way of making you feel as if you are there with her vivid images that just leap off the page. Cover looks nice and bright ...more
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I didn't realise this book was part of a series until I read the interview with the author at the end, so this book can be read easily as a standalone.
The book follows the autumn and winter of Freya's life and is told from her perspective. Over the past couple of years she has seen a lot of changes occur since the death of her brother, and it is quite obvious that she is looking for something to fill the void. Her home life has become non existent and she develops a friendship with Gabe, it is

Bringing the Summer was a thoughtful read about life and love and friendship. It was actually the sequel to the book Breathing Underwater, which I hadn’t read, but I had no problems following the storyline and so I think Bringing the Summer could definitely work well on its own as well a part of a series.

Freya was just starting her A-levels and had a particular interest in art, which was how she met Gabe, who was doing an Art Foundation course. Though Freya lost her brother two years ago,
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
This review was first published on my blog, here

In all honesty, not only have I never read a Julia Green book before, I had also never heard of Julia Green before and now that I have read Bringing the Summer, I am incredibly disheartened by this fact and I am extremely glad that she is now on my radar. This was a novel that really grabbed at me around the heart and pulled me into the story. I loved the words on the page, I loved the characters that came alive around me and I just loved the story
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
I will admit that this is the first book I have read by Julia Green, and although Bringing The Summer follows on from Breathing Underwater it is able to stand alone as an individual book.
Bringing the Summer follows Freya as she is still learning to cope without the presence of her brother, her family are also mourning their loss, but in mourning are also distancing themselves from Freya, who often comes home to an empty house or parents busy working on things.
After a railway accident Freya finds
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After the craziness of Divergent and Insurgent, I decided to go with something more contemporary next, something I thought would make a nice relaxing and easy read.
I saw this book a couple of times at the library but was never sure about it, it looks too frivolous and the whole love triangle, something my friend would define as typical teen literature. But for some reason, when I was at the library the other day, I picked this up be
Bringing the Summer is the first Julia Green book I have read and if it is anything to go by I have been seriously missing out. The storyline is kept fairly light while still tackling darker issues brilliantly. Julia Green writes beautifully and I was fully engaged in the story from the first chapter. I really didn't expect to love Bring the Summer quite as much as I did, so I am extremely happy with how everything turned out.

Frey's brother died in a boating accident about two years ago, so that
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I haven't read anything by Julia Green before but although this is the first of her books I've tried it certainly won't be the last. 'Bringing the Summer' features the character of Freya who first appeared in Green's earlier novel 'Breathing Underwater'. Freya is now sixteen and with her parents is trying to move on with life after her brother's death.

An unexpected and shocking event at the very start of the book connects all the events which follow, leading to Freya meeting Gabes and through hi
Steve lovell
This book pushes all the correct buttons for the YA reader. Said reader would presumably be only of the female persuasion as no cool young man would go for such a cover as this title bears, mores the pity. This old male, though, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Green’s writing here is very accessible in terms of its language and flow, providing little to tax the pre-18s target audience. The ‘nasty business’ that commences the story is kept at arm’s length, as are the self-destructive reasons for the young
I recently read Bringing the Summer by Julia Green which is about Freya, a girl of 16 who is ready for something new, a change. Ever since Freya’s brother Joe died a few years ago her family has never really recovered. Freya wants a break from her quiet, small family so when she meets gorgeous, good-looking Gabes, she instantly falls for not just Gabes but his big, warm and loving family. Things start to go wrong when Gabes’ older brother makes it clear that he’s interested in Freya, leaving her ...more
Freya's about to start her A levels, but she's still trying to cope with her brother's death. She's just begun to think she's ready for a new start.
And then a railway accident leads her to Gabes - gorgeous, sweet Gabes abd his big, bubbly, warm family.
Soon Freya is falling in love - but not really with Gaves, but with his family.
But then Gabes' brother Theo shows up - mysterious, dangerous Theo.
As she gets closer to Theo, Freya has to question what she really wants.
Byt us she ready to make
If you like smooth flowing prose and true-to-life drama this book will appeal. Freya puts herself at risk by fearlessly pursuing a chance experience on a train. Julia's themes: changing seasons, adolescent turning points and idyllic family life are explored at a deeper level than in her previous novels. Wonderful glimpses: the attraction of the older brother, is my family the worst in the world? provide the reader with a constant flow of surprises and reasons to read on. Julia succeeds in creati ...more
Teen story of loss of someone young, what family means and how to live so it matters. Likeable viewpoint character. Was afraid she would make a terrible choice.
It wasn't bad, but the ending lacked punch and I didn't feel like the plot ever really went anywhere.
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