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One Silver Summer

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  83 reviews
The thinking girl's summer romance: a gorgeously written story of love and loss with a thrilling royal twist!

After a car accident claims her mother's life, Sass is sent to Cornwall to live with the uncle she's never met. All she wants is to be alone, to come to terms with the new Sass -- the girl who can't forget the screech of tires, the crunch of metal.

With its rocky bea
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Clair The romance goes no further than kissing and I didn't notice any swearing. Main character's mother died in a car crash so this may be something to be …moreThe romance goes no further than kissing and I didn't notice any swearing. Main character's mother died in a car crash so this may be something to be aware of if it could affect someone in your class.(less)

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jv poore
Despite knowing full well that I was reading-for-review, I became so caught up in the very love story that little-girl-me always dreamed of, that I devoured this book like a starved Cookie Monster demolishes cookies. Even at this frantic pace, I was aware of the ‘something more’ to the story---hints were subtle, yet almost undeniable---perhaps somewhat subliminal.

One Silver Summer is more than the whole-hearted-head-over-heels love story of a shattered girl and a stunning, spirited mare. There a
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
DISCLAIMER- Before I read this book, I was informed by the publisher that the copy of the ARC I received for being part of a book club was the wrong version. My thoughts are off this version since I decided to go ahead and read it.

The setting is in Cornwall and Sass, a girl from Brooklyn, USA is sent to live with her Uncle after her mother dies in a car accident. Forced to start afresh, her travels lead her to a silver horse and visits just to watch the horse end up being revealed when she meets
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
What a sapfest! Don't get me wrong, I adore a bit of well timed angst, but this took it to the next level and beyond. Everything was FEELINGS and EMOTIONS and just...blugh. I also generally like romance and like Horse books, and although this is both of these it disappoints on all fronts. The romance happens far too quickly and for no discernible reason; even rich haughty Grandma thinks about it and realizes they have horses in common........and that's it? But Sass the Mary Sue is 'like no other ...more
Autumn Keesling
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-a
This lovely book was exactly the fluff I needed! A fun story of young love that takes place in a far off place. It really set me in that summer reading mood.
Kass Morgan
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had fictional crushes before, but I've never fallen head-over-heels in love with a character like I did with Alex! This gorgeously-written book swept me away to the English seacoast, taking me on a romantic adventure like no other.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, yabc
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got for review from YA Books Central.
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Warning: animal death in this book. Specifically, a horse dies.

Let’s be real, we’re all here for a romance between a royal and a commoner at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s when we’re kids and we refuse to turn off Cinderella or we’re adults and the once-a-generation royal wedding is happening in the
A sweet YA. I struggled to get through this one, and did not finish at 39%. The premise sounded read worthy, yet the one dimensional characters fell flat for me. Their story had everything the blurb promised, but nothing more. (view spoiler) ...more
Chelsea Anne
Did not finish reading this, got half way and tried my hardest to get into it more, I just couldnt, I found the romance kinda cliche and a bit too young for me, it wasnt a bad book at all, I just didnt find it interesting enough to continue reading, however others might find it really good.
Emily Simpson
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book very much because it was really boring and it dragged the story along and took a long time for it to get interesting.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, young-adult
I've read quite a few young adult contemporary romances and this one just fell flat to me.

Firstly, I think because it was so short it stunted character development so much that nobody really had a personality and ever character seemed the same. There were two background female characters in this that barely had a voice at all and were essentially useless and contributed little to the plot.

One of the most irritating bits of the book was the unnecessary elements of girl hate. All of the young fema
Faith Wisniewski
Student Name:Faith Wisniewski Date Submitted:4/2/19
Book Title: One Silver Summer Lexile:670L

Personal Response: Personally One Silver Summer was very boring to me. There was no real romance or action. The author also used very poor wording.

Book Summary: One Silver Summer is a book about a girl named Sass whose mom passed away so she moved from New Jersey in America to England. Sass faced lots of mourning problems trying to get over her mom's sudden death. She also misses her old friends that she
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-teen
I can`t believe I had this book sitting on my shelf for two years and didn`t pick it up! I also can`t believe that I probably would never have heard of this if I didn`t browse around Waterstones that day! This is exactly what I want in a young adult novel: Cornwall, animals, castles and royalty. It feels like it was written for me! For me, this is a mash of I Capture the Castle and Daphne du Maurier but for a modern audience. It was just a lovely, escapist romance; a novel that you need to read ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book One Silver Summer by Rachel Hickman would be named as a realistic fiction book and is not part of a series. One Silver Summer is about a girl name Sass which is short for Saskia Chapel. She had a rough life so far and has recently moved to a place in Cornwall. When she was here she got amazed by a horse which led Sass on a private property estate. The boy from the estate is named Alex. She got caught by him and he asked her if she would want to learn how to ride. She of course said yes. ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-read

Alex runs home to Cornwall – his parents’ divorce has hit the tabloids, and his Grandmother’s Cornish estate is the only place Alex feels able to hide. There he meets Sass.
Sass’s mother was killed in a car crash. Sass has moved from her native Brooklyn, to live with the uncle she never knew. Like Alex, she heads outdoors to take refuge from her feelings. The young couple bond over shared admiration of the silver mare, Bo.
Initially wary, Alex allows his feelings for Sass to develop. Sh
Sarah Bell
Mar 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited when the publishing house let me receive an ARC of this book and I wanted to like it, even love it SO badly but I just couldn't. Let give explain why I didn't like it and give you a synopsis of this book.

A girl is living in Cornwall with her uncle because her mother has just died. She sees this beautiful horse and starts to secretly go see it even though she has no clue who it belongs too. Then a boy comes and he gets in a fight with this girl because he doesn't want her mess
Kaitlyn Graf
This book is about a girl from Brooklyn. And a boy from England. The boy's name is Alexander. But in the book people call him Alex.the girl's name is sass. They haven't said much about her real name. So sass goes to college up in England. Alexander is the prince of England. And sass doesn't know he is. So she treats him like a normal person. Until she is at a hair salon and she is looking in the mirror and sees a picture of Alexander on a magazine. So she runs out of the saloon and heads home. I ...more
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Juliana Mae
One Silver Summer is the second book I've won from a Goodreads giveaway! I love the idea, and it was a pretty good execution of the idea, but this book just didn't keep my attention as much as I would have liked. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at first, and there were definitely times where I just wasn't really interested in reading it. Some points the story was confusing, like I felt there were transitional or describing sentences missing. Another thing is, I wasn't sure about their ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Saskia Emerson has been sent to the English coast to live with her uncle after the tragic death of her mother. Trying to deal with her grief, she decides to explore the countryside of Cornwall and stumbles across a silver horse in the meadow. She is drawn to the horse as it gives her a sense of peace but the horse's trainer, Alex, discovers her and doesn't approve of her trespassing. Alex has his own secrets for wanting her gone but he feels a connection to the curious girl and a friendship deve ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One Silver Summer is a perfect escapist read. Set on the gorgeous Cornish coast, full of rocky beaches and crumbling castles, the story follows Sass as she battles her grief over her mother’s death and learns to live all over again. The central relationships between Sass and the boy she grows to love, Alex – and the beautiful silver horse who brings them together – are sensitively drawn, and the writing has a lovely wistful quality. A satisfying contemporary story of love, loss, and finding who ...more
Merrilyn Tucker
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After her mother dies, American teenager Sass is sent to live with her artist uncle in England. As she is out walking one day, she finds a beautiful horse behind a locked gate. Sass makes it a habit of climbing over the gate to visit with the horse daily. One day, she meets a young man there who later turns out to be the Prince of Wales. They fall for each other and overcome a number of obstacles to be together. This is a fun and fluffy story, perfect for middle grade and up readers who want to ...more
Kendra Lee
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scholastic
This was such an entertaining, teen beach read. Not that I read it on the beach, but that's what it falls into. England, horses, a prince, summer love, what's not to enjoy?

If you like all those things, you'll enjoy this.
Lynn Cutress
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written so well you forget the actual ages of the characters involved and enjoy the beautiful love story with its challenging obstacles. The lesson of nothing is impossible when you care about someone is portrayed nicely.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
The character developments of Sass and Alex were done well. The pacing seemed a bit slow in places and some subplot endings not tied up tightly enough, but that's just my personal reading preference. Overall, it was a sweet story, and I enjoyed seeing all of the pieces come together throughout.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Of course, it has all my favorite elements: romance, foreign love, and all around awesomeness!!!!! And, I like horses, and want to ride one really badly!
Carlie Sorosiak
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really delightful. A great book to read on a summer afternoon. Full of swoon-y romance and horses; what else could you want?
A sweet summer read with a delicious forbidden romance. I really liked this one!
Jul 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I just didn't really like it as much as I wanted to :(

It was cute though
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
romance that deals with serious issues like loss, social media, horses...
Megan Schmelzer
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer

A simple American girl falls in love with a dashing young man during her stay with her uncle in the small town of Cornwall, England. She is there trying to find any way possible to cope with the grief of losing her mother to a horrible car accident. The girl feels there is no hope for her life to ever find happiness again after her losing her mother, but that all changes when a chance encounter of a silver horse leads her to a chance en
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Rachel Hickman is the co-founder of Chicken House, the acclaimed children's book publishing company. She lives in Hampshire, England. One Silver Summer is her first novel.

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