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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?

But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfr
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Hardcover, 264 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Kids Can Press
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Kelly Toye I would say age 15 and up. There is no blatantly obvious sex and it is a sweet romance with family values.

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Lola
I had to check that we weren’t in the desert because the writing is so dry that the more I read, the more dehydrated I feel.

Add that to the fact that it’s slow-paced and you have the perfect recipe to annihilate a reader.

Alright, let’s get serious. Not that I wasn’t enjoying myself there, but I try not to let a book reduce me to bad jokes. This is not a memorable story. It doesn’t even have potential seeing that the idea is a sleep-inducing kind of boring.

We have Julia and Nick. Nick and his fa
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Charlie
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I'm a BIT older than this young adult or late teen novel. So, I'll base my review as IF I were a young-un again.
The story takes place on a beloved campground owned by a financially strapped family that they also call HOME. The family needs to sell in order to get out of debt due to a family illness. BUT wait. A group is interested BIG TIME to invest in their property - yeah, casinos and what not. The daughter, Julia, has other ideas and NEEDS ideas to solve the disruption of the campground and
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Bethany
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, Julia's summer starts off horribly wrong. First, her mom shares the news that their family camp might be sold, then she gets a broken heart from her usual summer fling, and lastly, a betrayal from a stranger.

When Julia meets the tall, dark, and handsome Nick, she didn't realize that he was the possible buyer's son. If she had, she wouldn't have opened up her world of problems to him. But as Julia spends more time with Nick, she can't help but feel that he isn't her enem
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Angela Plante
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!! Sometimes you just need a good, easy read to take you away from it all. A sweet summer Romance that I’m pretty sure every teen dreams of at that age. I ended up pre-ordering some for my girlfriends daughters birthdays and I’m sure they will love it as much as I did.
Amie's Book Reviews
The cover for this wonderful young adult novel evokes thoughts of warm summer nights and burgeoning young love. The cover is 100% perfect for this story.

Poor Julia. In the first chapter alone we discover that just after graduating from high school, her best friend is leaving for the entire summer. Add to that the fact the guy she's had a crush on since age twelve,and with whom she had gotten close the summer before, has arrived at the campground with his gorgeous new girlfriend in tow. Pile tha
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Alisha Sevigny
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: ya, romance, eco
KIRKUS Reviews, Feb 20/2018

"Recent high school graduate Julia Ducharme’s summer is off to a rough start.

Her best friend, Paige, is traveling to Japan to visit relatives, her longtime crush has shown up with a gorgeous girlfriend, and her mom has announced that she is thinking of selling their family campground and home. Julia’s little brother Caleb is recovering from Guillain-Barré syndrome and is old enough to realize—with distress—that their financial troubles are connected to his long illnes
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Meredith
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's the perfect summer romance story, so if you're not a fan of YA romance then it may not be for you. But even if you're not big on the love stuff, there's plenty of other good things going on in here.

The campground setting is full of rich description and the writing is evocative and tight. It felt like I was right there at the lake with Julia and Nick, swimming under the stars and searching for buried treasure.

Julia's self-deprecating voice is hilarious at times and her d
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Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
4.5 Stars

Summer Constellations tells the story of a headstrong girl fighting to save her family’s campsite while also falling for its potential buyer’s son. I always love summery reads, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in which the main character owns a campsite. This book is light yet serious, and it contains a strong bond between siblings bound to make you smile.

Full review on The Candid Cover
Helena Summers
Reseña en español

Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

I expected this to be a bit cliché, but not that much. Repeating how hot the guy is five times just after meeting him, saying ‘you’re not like other girls,’ or criticising the new girlfriend without a reason are things I thought we were over by now. As I mentioned in the plot, Julia is deeply in love with Dan, one of the boys who spends the summer at her camp, b
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Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ya, romance, outsideus, arcs
This was NOT the summer Julia had been anticipating. She was looking forward to working the family campground and cuddling up with her maybe-more-than-a-summer-fling, Dan. But, when Dan arrived with her new girlfriend and Julia's mom announced she might be selling the campground, Julia's summer quickly turned into a nightmare.

• Pro: I know, I know, the description I gave above makes this book sound all doom and gloom, but it was actually quite fun, sweet, and touching. Although there are some he
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5*

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.


I loved this one. The perfect summer romance. See my full review soon on Books and Ladders!
Catherine
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Reading this transported me to a summer cottage every time I opened the book, and seeing how there is snow outside right now, I am not complaining!

Julia's family has owned and lived on a camp ground that people rent cottages on every summer, but ever since her brother got sick, her mother has been unable to find the money to continue running the place. When her mother calls in a developer to see if they can sell the property, Julia is crushed. However, when she starts getting closer to the deve
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Joyce Grant
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The characters are developed and interesting - you want to see them get together. But beyond the romance, there's also a very good, page-turning story. Wonderful.
Meaghan McIsaac
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book made me feel all the feels. Nick *sigh*. LOVE
Sara (sarabara081)
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: may-2018
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

I love a good summer read. Especially young adult summer reads. There is just something so magical about those months when you are a teenager when there is no school and you have time to be with your friends, discover more about yourself, and perhaps spark a little romance, am I right? Summer Constellations is a cute romance read that is perfect to pick up this summer!

Julia’s family owns a campground property, one they all work very hard on tog
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Caitlin
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summer Constellations is a page turner! Countless nights I lost track of time reading excitedly to see what would happen with Jules and Nick and to find out if they could figure out a way for Jules and her family to hold on to their awesome camp ground. The way the story is written I really felt like I knew the characters and their unique personalities. I wish I could find my very own Nick. He sounds dreamy!!!
Jessica
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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If Summer Constellations had been published when I was a teenager, it would have most likely been one of my favorite books! It is a perfect summer read for a teen girl, especially if she is going camping. I am not the target demographic for this novel, but I still enjoyed it!

There is the whole summer romance involved and Julia is just the ‘normal’ teenage girl. I would have identified with her as a teen. When she fin
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Catherine
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a charming book! Summer romance, stargazing, the great outdoors, handsome pirates - what more could you want? The main character Julia is immediately likable and I enjoyed her interactions with her family as much as her love story. The author's descriptions of Nick make him sound irresistible; maybe some illustrations would have been nice? :) The book isn't just about the romance though, as there are also great storylines about her family and the campground that I became invested in. Defini ...more
✘Tabby✘
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-book, netgalley, arc, kindle
Okay, I don't have much to say about this book only that it irritated me and I have no idea why. Maybe because I found the lead character unlikeable, maybe because the relationship was annoying in itself?All I know was I was just beyond irritated, but I did finish it and I don't know why I did that either. So not a book I recommend.
Patricia
I really enjoyed this fun YA contemporary that made me want to hop on a plane and go visit the wilds of Canada. Fiery/prickly Julia and swoony Nick made for a great couple. I recommend it for lovers of YA romance!
B.R. Myers
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a lakeside family owned camp ground as a backdrop, this young adult summer tale is layered with nostalgic settings of snack shops and night time canoe rides under a canopy of stars.
Julia is a relatable character in sense of her motivation and choices. The reader can’t help but cheer for her to not only get the right guy, but to save her family’s home as well. Her relationship with her younger brother is especially endearing, being funny at times without sacrificing an authenticity in their
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Prcs Rambharose
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this ARC..It was a very sweet story, and I became emotionally involved with the Characters especially Julia (Tink) I really felt for her, and the whole family when they were going to be taken over by the Developers on the campground they owned....The Astronomy theme in the story was also interesting I recently read an article in relation to this about planets and constellation and the dates when certain events took place in the night sky. Apparently compared to 2016 this year 2 ...more
Sarah
Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy of Summer Constellations!

I just got back from a walk in what feels like a blizzard, so is there anything nicer than curling up with a book about summer nights spent stargazing by the water? Okay, that’s not all this book is about — it also deals with issues surrounding family, expectations, and development/commercialization. But man, those descriptions of summer evenings made me forget for awhile that I’m in the middle of a snowglobe.

Definite
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Kat
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review-book
** actual 4.75 **
- received ARC from publisher in exchange for review -

This story followed Julia and her adventures on the family's campground home. But after finding out the overwhelming medicals may lead to selling the property, and that her new found crush is the interested developer's son, Julia's heart, and her trust in others, are at risk.

I absolutely adored this novel. The characters were enjoyable to read about, and the setting was picturesque, perfect for a summer read. As Julia strugg
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Amy Leigh
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
This is a really cute young adult contemporary romance. It's full of drama and loss with some mortifying moments that make up the romance movies I adore. I was heartbroken for Julia and her family but loved that Nick wanted to do anything he could to help. Great for a summer read by the pool or at the beach.

Julia is gearing up for the visitor season at the campground her family runs and owns. She thinks she will finally become a couple with Dan after so many summers of off and on. Dan shows up t
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Jennifer
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this book and I really enjoyed it. I’ve also read the author’s first book and I love how both stories included environmental themes as well as a really fun romance. In Summer Constellations, Jules finds out that her family’s campground will be sold to cover her brother’s medical costs. She also discovers that her boyfriend from last summer has returned with a new girlfriend. Jules pours her aching heart out to a guy she meets on the dock, who turns out to ...more
Ashley
This book wasn't terrible, but the plot was very stale and over-done. It's a cute little summer romance story that I think many teens will enjoy without much issue, but I've read so much YA that this one fell a little flat for me. The main problem is that I've seen this plot done a million times before in other media (books, movies, etc.), so it was going to take something really ground-breaking to make this book stand out for me. Sadly, while I enjoyed the ride, this just didn't have anything s ...more
Janelle Hackbarth
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
I loved this book and enjoyed everything about it: the blooming romance between Julia and Nick, the campground atmosphere, the supporting characters, etc. Fans of teen romance books, this is a must!
Madison
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A passionate, summer romance, a last-ditch attempt to save her family’s home, a touch of mystery and adventure. While Summer Constellations has all the right elements for an epic summer read, it was merely a solid book, one that I enjoyed reading but didn’t love as much as I expected to.

Julia’s summer isn’t mapping out the way she planned. First her best friend leaves for the holidays, then her mother announces she might have to sell their family home, a gorgeous lakeside campgrounds, to pay of
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Lindsay
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Julia is preparing for the perfect summer of enjoying the campgrounds secluded in the mountains that her family owns and counting down the minutes until the guy she likes arrives. Her illusions of an amazing summer are shattered when she learns that her almost beau brought along his (surprise!) girlfriend, that her mother is going to sell the campgrounds since they are in debt, and that a new guy she meets just happens to be the son of the real estate agent wanting the land.

I loved the mountain
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