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On a Summer Night

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Casey is determined to have fun this summer going to camp with his best friend, Ella. His overprotective mother frets that attending this one instead of trans camp like he’s always done will cause problems, but Casey has his heart set on going stealth anyway.

His mom just might be right.

All Ella wants is love for her best friend, and she’s determined to se
ebook, 147 pages
Published April 2nd 2018 by NineStar Press
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Kylie Amber
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
** I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher NineStar Press in exchange for my honest review**

I'm so sad I didn't enjoy this ):
The start for me was so eye catching and I was excited because I haven't read as many LGBTQ+ books as I want to, and having the main character be a trans 14-year old boy I thought that was so interesting!
It starts off with Casey going to camp with his best friend Ella (which is the cutest little bean ever)
Off the bat I was like OMG so cute, I loved what I was readi
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

This was a cute summer fluffy contemporary that represented diversity beautifully, I couldn't rate it any higher than three stars because I wasn't 100% connected with the story.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, reads-of-2018
*An ARC was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

"I could be like any other boy in just about every single way. It didn't matter what parts I did or didn't have. Out body parts didn't make us who we were. Why couldn't people treat others how they wanted to be perceived?"

There's not much to say about this one other than it is the perfect summer camp story to read over a free weekend, whether to further the feeling of summertime bliss or to beg some of tha
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
. : ☾⋆ — 3 ★

arc provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you ninestar press!!)

something kept nagging me about this book as i was reading. i think all these fourteen-year-olds have a LOT on their plate considering that they’re, you know, fourteen-year-olds. they’re just kids. i think if the characters had been a little older, maybe even 16 or 17, then the situations the characters were in would’ve been much more believable. saying this i don’t mean to und
Finn Longman
I seem to be making a habit of reading LGBTQ books with 14-year-old protagonists and honestly? I'm here for it. I'm so glad there's younger YA being published with prominent queer characters, because I never knew where to look for that stuff when I was younger. This one features a trans MC who is also bi, as well as his ace best friend and at least two other gay characters, so it was a whole bunch of LGBTQ stories in one.

On the whole, this was a cute and important story that was so obviously wr
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an ARC sent to me from NetGalley in return favor of an honest review. Now prepare because this review is going to get emotional.

Here we have a young adult story about our main character named Casey, a trangender young teen planning a trip to a camp for two whole weeks with his best friend Ella. Casey came out to his parents and has dreams of getting older so that he can get surgery. Casey is our main character at age fourteen and has for the most part had a good community in his life in
3.5-ish stars

This is a fast read and for the most part was 4 stars for me.
I loved the whole summer camp atmosphere - I went to summer camps almost yearly as a teenager, and this brought back a lot of memories, including silly crushes.
The main characters of this book are all 14, and in my opinion rather convincingly so. 12 days seems like too little time to fall in love, but I know from personal experience that crushes don't need long to develop, especially when basically spending time around eac
Kendra T
Casey is a 14 year old trans boy who wants to experience summer camp with his best friend. His parents are afraid for his safety (this is his first time away at a summer camp that isn't specific to trans kids). Casey is determined to spend these 2 weeks as a "normal boy". While there, he comes face to face with bullies, outings, and betrayals, as well as acceptance, friendship, and love.

His best friend, Emma, is ace. I loved the inclusivity, but I was bothered by Emma being ace and not wanting t
Karen Barber
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of those books that will probably really help someone, if you can overlook the sheer volume of information about sexuality and gender that gets thrown at you.
Our main character, Casey, is a trans boy who is determined to get the authentic summer camp experience. He goes with his best friend, Ella, to summer camp where most of his time is spent obsessing over his crush, worrying about how to feel comfortable in his body and trying to challenge certain stereotypes.
The story is set over
Tiffany Heywood
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel in love with this book and its story. The writing was so incredibly written and when reading the book you felt as if you were right there with the characters, being a part of the story. Casey was such a strong character who showed development throughout the book even though it was such a short book. He doesn't let what happens kick him down and come out even stronger because. I like how we got to see other characters background stories like Ella's. With all the characters there is so much ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was worried about this book. As a ciswoman in my 30s, would I be able to identify with the characters in a sweet teenage romance starring a trans boy? Could I step outside my sci-fi/fantasy box and transport myself to summer camp for a few days? It turns out I could.

Let’s get a disclaimer out of the way: I’m friends with author Gabriel D. Vidrine. We go way back to when we both lived in Tucson and danced together. We’ve stayed in touch via FB and have crossed paths a few times over the years.
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aris ☆
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I got sent this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

This was such a good book?? So soft and fluffy with just the right amount of angst - I practically breezed through it in one sitting. If I'm being honest, I was a bit wary going in because it seemed a little ~childish~. But this - this is what I needed. I'm so used to reading LGBTQ+ books from the POV of 16 or 17 year olds, and it was r
Nicole Field
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I genuinely enjoyed this book. It's a middle grade book, aimed a couple of years above other similarly themed books like George and The Pants Project. When we start this book, Casey has already come out to his parents. His mum is very understanding. His father is a little bit more recalcitrant. We hear about the trans camp that Casey went on the previous year, just after having come out, and now he's about to go on a normal summer camp, with his best friend Ella, where he can be a normal boy. ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
On A Summer Night by Gabriel D. Vidrine is a coming of age romance story set at a summer camp. The book deals with trans issues, with the main character, Casey, being a trans boy. It is his first year at a camp that isn’t aimed at trans people, and he is hoping to pass as a boy during his time at camp.

Overall, this book is a very sweet romance story that follows the usual formula of misunderstandings and missed connections. Vidrine is trans himself, and this gives the book its strengths. I am al
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As far as genre goes, this is far out of my usual area. "Teenage Romance" is a term that, for me, has never carried many positive connotations. But if one focuses on the worst offerings from any thing, one never gets the full picture. In short, maybe I've been missing out.
The struggles of a transgender teenager are certainly nothing I can directly relate to, and that's all the more reason it was important for me to read this book. After all, learning is one of the goals of reading, including lea
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read for teens and adults alike. In this novel we meet a number of teens in a summer camp setting. What unfolds is a story of identity, acceptance, bullying, bravery and so much more. I found myself becoming completely absorbed and eagerly so. It gave me a better grasp of how to support the people in my life who are experiencing their own transformation. I found myself feeling, not exactly hostile, but a sense of disappointment I guess regarding choices made by certain parents. All in al ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to enjoy this and I tried so hard to..but it missed the mark for me. It had so much potential - the story idea was interesting and I loved the choice of narrator but it all fell flat. The main character is supposed to be 14 years old, but it felt like I was reading about someone much younger, they weren’t realistic as teenagers. The relationship aspect moved way too quickly. I would’ve like a bit of a build-up to know why I should be rooting for these two characters together, ins ...more
elijah !
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
((beware there is transphobia in the book!!)
this was a sweet trans romance story!! it made me smile and laugh and smile some more.
the characters are around 14 btw- it is a goofy little easy read that i think is meant for people around that age :-) (i would not recommend this to everyone)

SIDE NOTE: despite the cover showing older teens/ young adults, the characters in the book were around 14 years old. my one complaint with the book was that it showed kids around 14 years old using the split att
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I adored the individuality here, the view of a very personal and individual experience. - Matt

It’s one of those books I’d love to hand to teenagers looking to see themselves in them. - Laura

Read our full review here
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2018
Cute, but a little heavy-handed and sometimes it felt like lecturing was taking priority over storytelling. (Seriously, sometimes I felt like I was reading a tumblr post about The Dangers of Binding.)
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I wish books like this existed when I was a teenager.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, young-adult
I loved this! I wish there were more books like this out there. Tween me would have loved it just as much. I hope to see more from Vidrine.
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars!

I give 5 stars as it's great story, friends, love is love and horrible bullied. It's beautiful cabin camp and...
Warnings: transphobia, homophobia, bullying, physical assault

This was a nice story about a young boy's first time at a regular summer camp, trying to be himself, and not having to think about being trans. His enjoyment is marred, however, by the presence of a bully on the camp, which also threatens to nip a budding romance. It was good plot about tolerance, bullying, and trying to be more understanding, but there is also the fact that all of the events of the book take place within two weeks, wh
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc
Review also posted on my blog:

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This book has content warnings for transphobia, homophobia, aphobia, bullying, and violence (not graphic).

This is one of those books where I really enjoyed the story itself, but a lot of the characterization fell short for me. I really enjoyed reading it overall; I loved getting a book with younger queer kids and a sweet romance and it was a fun, quick read. The
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Casey is a trans boy who is going to camp for the first time with his best friend, Ella. No one at camp knows he's trans, and he wants to keep it that way, even as he crushes on a cute boy in his cabin, Gavin. Things grow complicated as he becomes the target of one of the camp bullies and is outed.

I almost feel bad giving this two stars because it has a lot of important qualities. The problem with this book, though, comes from the fact
Courtney Jacobson
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming story! This novel helps fill a gap in the range of coming-of-age stories while being very relatable to anyone who was that awkward, uncertain teenage. Even reading it as an adult, I found Casey's teenage drama very authentic, both the ordinary challenge of adjusting to a new group of people, and the difficulties of dealing with gender identity, orientation, and dating for the first time. The description of the camp and its routines really brings the reader into the setting. The author ...more
Mar 26, 2018 added it
this book had several lines that were very aphobic. the main character's best friend is said to be aroace, but then she's constantly just referred to as ace after the initial introduction. the main character makes multiple very aphobic remarks with no challenging of them in the text even though he and the story seems to try and be accepting of her identity. it just doesn't work, and I would definitely not recommend this book to aro and/or ace readers.
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