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Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren't helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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Joel Rochester
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was such a cute read
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
i relate to wesley bc i, too, am gay & slack off at my job


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Larry H
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
When nothing in your life is going the way you want to, how do you find the courage to fight for it? Wesley Hudson needs to figure that out in Julian Winters' new YA novel, The Summer of Everything .

There’s one month left until Wes starts college. He needs to figure out what he wants to do with his life, because his father keeps suggesting potential college majors. But more than that, Wes is determined this will be the time he finally admits his feelings for his best friend, Nico. They have a
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Anna Luce
3 ¾ stars

“Secretly, he wants to be the hero. He wants to be the difference-maker. All his life, he's wanted to be the person rescuing someone or something. But who rescues the rescuer?”


The Summer of Everything tells a very wholesome story, part coming of age, part romance, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Our protagonist, Wesley Hudson, has just graduated from high school and is eager to make the most of his summer. While his parents are abroad, he has plenty of freedom and time to figure
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Anniek
Julian Winters is the king of adorable, fluffy contemporary romance. This was such an uplifting, heartwarming and, above all, nerdy and fun read. The main character is amazing - it's impossible to not love this gay nerd who's named after Wesley Crusher. And the setting? Most of the book is set in an indie bookstore! I feel like Julian Winters' writing gets exponentially better - this is perfect if you want to read something wholesome.

Rep: biracial gay MC, multi-gender attracted Mexican-American
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kav (xreadingsolacex)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my opinion.

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters is a YA contemporary novel about Wesley Hudson, an 18-year-old ball of chaos determined to make the most of his summer. This summer, Wes has three problems to solve: the fact that he has no idea what he envisions for his future, the unexpected reveal that Once Upon A Page, the local bookstore that has been his safe have
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Adri
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

CWs : Some descriptions of anxiety and panic attacks, mentions of parental death (of a supporting character), some references to chronic disease (cancer) and its effects

As I live and breathe, Julian Winters has done it again. This is a wonderful, heart-warming story about friendship, self-discovery, and coming to meet the future head on even when you don't have all the answers.

The Summer of Everything is a story that interrogates what it means to grow up and be an adult, and it espec
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CWs: past death of a parent, side character with cancer

Rep: biracial (Black/white) gay MC, bi/pan Mexican-American love interest, fat side character, Black side character, aroace side character, bisexual side character, Black lesbian side character, non-binary side character, mlm Hawaiian (Polynesian/Filipino/Japanese) side character, biracial side character, Chinese side character

If you're looking for a light, fun, fluffy summery read then this is most definitely the book for you!

Wes is our hi
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Cassandra
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2020, arcs
Now I really want to go to Santa Monica and work in a bookstore with a great diverse group of friends.

Why’d you show me this life, Julian Winters? I will never be satisfied.
Jayden Hall
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
JULIAN WINTERS DID IT AGAIN!

CW: Panic attack, Anxiety, Depression, Racism, Grief, Minor character deaths, stress

Honestly I never thought I'd be blessed to read my most anticipated release of the year before it came out but here we are.

Much like the previous Winters' novels, this one deals with self discovery and finding your place in the universe. But it has so much more, so many layers of character development and amazing dynamics.
On this novel Winters explores the grief of memories and our
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Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
the pitch that sold me: characters are that age when you are getting into university or in the first year of university and getting used to being an adult

me: "ith me!" (i am a second year uni student at this point but we're still in the same life crisis)

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Mara
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: this-year
Why is this over? I want more 😭
Alexx
I received an e-arc via NetGalley in exhange for an honest review. Thank you Duet Books!

(Oh, look, I finally wrote a coherent review!) My first impression towards this book? Funny, light, a lot of romcom feels. And this book was that, don’t get me wrong! But oh, I did not expect to be bawling my eyes out as I read the last few chapters.

(tl;dr) The Summer of Everything is a beautiful and heartfelt story about family, friendship, and adulthood, meant to make you smile and cry all throughout the bo
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Lu
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An huge thank you to Edelweiss for the chance to read this amazing book. It is one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it didn't disappointed me! It was unbelievably amazing.

Wesley Hudson is a comic book geek, he loves his job at the bookstore Once upon a page, chilling with his friends, above all with his best friend Nico, his secret crush. But articles about dating or online suggestions aren't able to help him tell Nico the truth, too scared to lose his friendship with him and ruin ev
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DB  (DB's Guide to the Galaxy)
Sep 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: oooh-2020
*that huge ass loud THX Sound is going through my brain right now*
Samantha (WLABB)
This was a super sweet story. I always love the characters Winters creates for us, and I agree with everyone who said this had an Empire Records vibe. This was definitely the I'm-in-love-with-my-best-friend story I was promised, but it was also about Wes and his struggle with all the impending changes in his life. That time after high school can be both exciting and scary, and I appreciated the way it was explored. Another solid book from Winters.

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Saimon (ZanyAnomaly)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
The Summer Of Everything was a beautiful, heartwarming book about a gang of chaotic queer kids trying to save their favorite independent bookstore from shutting down, while the MC tries to grapple with their lifelong crush towards his best friend. I absolutely loved reading about these soft queer boys, everyone should read it for a feel good read.

a longer review to come!!
Thanks to Netgalley and Interlude press for the advanced reading copy!!!!
Emily
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Summer of Everything was my first Julian Winters book, and this was exactly the cute & lighthearted rom-com that I needed right now. The characters work in a bookstore, and I enjoyed reading about this friend group. There was good representation.

At times, it felt like thet were a few too many storylines, and I wish the book would have been a little more focused. It still works well, and it's a good read. This story is so cozy and comfortable, and I kind of want to live here. I loved the men
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Mariana A
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was such a joy to read! if you're in need of some uplifting, this is the perfect feel-good queer romance. wes and his friends are amazing and i loved their relationship. go read this if you're looking for a cute diverse read about friendship, awkward crushes, and nostalgic summer vibes.
Pine Reads Review
“What do I want in life? A lot, actually. A clue on what to study at UCLA. A rough sketch of a five-year plan, just in case anyone—his dad—asks. For DC to finally get on Marvel’s level with their films. An easy way to get over his obsessive crush on Nico. To keep his laidback job at Once Upon a Page.”

Wesley Hudson has the potential to have it all, save for everything he cares about collapsing before his eyes. His mom is a famous YA romance-fantasy author, his dad is a talented chef, and his brot
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Jordan
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
*I received an eARC from Edelweiss+*
*Review does contain very minor/vaguespoilers*

I want to start by saying that I REALLY wanted to like this one. I've seen lots of people who like it. People who said when they finished they had "all the feels" at the end. However, I found myself only finishing this one because I was given an eARC and felt I needed to for a review.

I think the premise is amazing. Wes is 18, caught in the summer between Senior year of high school and Freshman year of college. He i
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Stephanie Rivera
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh I just love a story that starts with 2 oblivious boys and features an indie bookstore in Santa Monica called Once Upon a Page which is just an awesome name. This was so good and just so cute with our main boys and their awesome friends most of them work at the bookstore with them. So this was about Wes and his best friend/crush Nico and their last summer after graduation before they go away to college. Wes was finally going to tell Nico he has a crush on him after coming back from vacation in ...more
Maggie BB
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
It made me laugh out loud, and it made tears run down my cheeks. An absolute 5 star read. My heart is full.

This is the second book I've read recently with contemporary youths enjoying the songs of my youth, and I am here for it. Books are my biggest love, but music also fills my soul - so love to have them combined!

Always get an extra smile for veterinary medicine mention.

The characters were such an eclectic bunch of people, and it was such a delight to get to know them. I picked this up because
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Joyfully Jay
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


This novel is such a journey—one that questions everything a person on the cusp of great change could ever question and worry over. Poor Wes! His life is complicated, not only by his own indecision and fear about Nico, the best friend he has had a crush on since forever, but also college looming in two months, his workplace threatening to close down, and the pretty terrible relationship with his only sibling, his older brother, Leo. It’s all threatening to crash dow
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Beth
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has all the good feels.
Do
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one 💛
Eli Claire
I requested this book on Netgalley because I read Winters’ previous book, ‘Running with Lions,’ and really enjoyed it - and I’m a sucker for queer YA set in the summertime (especially when I read it in the summertime)!

This book follows Wes Hudson: comic-book nerd, bookstore employee, unsure about his future, and hopelessly in love with his best friend, Nico. He’s determined to spend the last summer before college doing two things: admitting his feelings to Nico, and working at the bookstore tha
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Marieke du Pré
Aw, I didn’t expect this but I struggled to get through the story. Especially at the start, I almost DNF. I’m a pretty fast reader and thought I’d read this in one or two sittings but I quit almost after every other page -again, especially at the start, later on it got a bit better-.

I don’t really know what made me struggle so much. It might be just the MC’s name ‘Wes’ but it’s a bit weird to not like a book that much only because of a name right? But every time I read his name it felt strange.
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Jose R.B.
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favourites
4'5/5

Sometimes a book doesn't need to include epic battles or fantastic worlds to be the greatest story you ever read or the book that you need in a specific moment.

The Summer of Everything is heartwarming, charming, funny, geeky and sweet. Exactly the type of story that I needed right now!

This is a story about the places that we hold dear, those where we find ourselves and the important people on our lives.

This is a story about the future, the plans and the doubts... Because sometimes, you do
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Dom
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Julian Winters’ The Summer of Everything was everything (get it?) that I needed to read right now. Not only is this novel an incredibly diverse, heartwarming, contemporary friends to lovers romance story, it explores the often confusing space between high school ending and ‘adult’ life beginning and many of the questions that transition brings to the forefront.

Wes (gay, biracial, and so named for the Wesley Crusher of Star Trek fame) works at an independent bookstore with his longtime crush, Nic
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