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Rejected by the exclusive women’s college she has her heart set on, Tess Seibert dreads the hot, aimless summer ahead. But when a chance encounter with a snake introduces her to Jacob Lane, a black college student home on his summer break, a relationship blooms that challenges the prejudices of her small, north Florida town.

When Jacob confesses that Tess’s uncle is trying
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Month9Books
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"A black guy going to dinner with a lily-white girl like me was bound to raise eyebrows in Port Saint Clare, where civil rights laws were all well and good for city folks, but blacks dated blacks and whites dated whites and exceptions weren’t tolerated"

You know that feeling when you started reading a book and you didn't expect anything so it surprised you big time? Summer of the Oakmoon surprised me with its emotional depth. From the first chapter, I was already
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Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Looks like I am going to be the black sheep on this one. For the life of me, I can't see how this book has received so many four or five star ratings.

First, let's talk about Tess. At the beginning of the book, I thought she was going to be gusty and independent and take charge. Maybe it was the fact that she carried a gun with her and her dad had actually taught her how to use it. But when it came to actually using the gun to kill a snake that had just bitten her, she was embarrassingly off with
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Ella Drayton
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Growing up in the South, I really understood this book on a personal level. I remember being in high school and hearing people in town whispering about the white girl who had a black boyfriend. I immediately recognized those stares and the awkward feeling of knowing people were talking about that couple as soon as Tessa and Jacob became a couple. Laura Templeton captures this perfectly.

Tessa and Jacob go through so much in this story that you really start to wonder whether they will be able to
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Carol James
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A moving coming-of-age story, this book addresses social issues from the old South in a poignant fashion. It is the perfect blend of romance and mystery, flavored by a dash of the supernatural. A wonderful debut YA novel from Laura Templeton.
Diana
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this story really captured my attention, I was totally drawn in right from the first page. Even with the snake, and I don’t like snakes at all.
I started reading this book without even looking to see what it was about. I normally like to know what a book is about and yet this book drew me right in. The only thing I could relate personally in this story is about being 18 in the 1980’s. But that doesn’t matter I lived in the same time period of this book and heard stories like this, the racial
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Dona
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Summer of the Oak Moon by Laura Templeton is one of those rare gem-of-a-book you find, and instantly love.

For me, I loved that this was an interracial YA romance novel, because really- we don't seem to get enough of them these days. Props to you, Laura Templeton.

I adored Tess as a heroine. She was gutsy, and she stuck to what she believed in. I respected the fact that she treated Jacob with the respect that other members of the town did not give him. There's also a mystery to this story as w
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Gail
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The themes of racial inequality and prejudice in Summer of the Oak Moon are as important today in 2015 as they were in the last century when the novel takes place. How I wish we were only being reminded of the unjust treatment of African Americans in the past instead of seeing behavior like this repeated today. Summer of the Oak Moon is beautifully written. I found the characters and situations believable. Templeton also has a real gift for conveying the setting and it's importance to the over-a ...more
Connie
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura has drawn us into a view of north Florida. I enjoyed the characters and could picture each event as if I were there. A true gifted writer. I can't wait for another book by Laura!
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Laura Templeton lives near Athens, Georgia, with her husband, son, and a menagerie of animals. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening, learning to figure skate, and taking long walks on the quiet country roads near her home. Something Yellow is her debut novel, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications.

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