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Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  33 reviews
With equal parts humor and heart, Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer tells the story of twelve-year-old Micah as she embarks on the summer before middle school. More than anything, Micah hopes to undergo a miracle transformation. One that will bring with it new friends, a fresh start, and boobs . . . preferably the round kind. If that happens, then maybe she can finally ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Capstone Editions
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Shaye Miller
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twelve-year-old Micah McKinney and her father recently moved to the other side of town where she must start over with new friends, a quickly developing body, and without her beloved mom. She's just about to start seventh grade and, due to an unfortunate incident with her previous best friends, she will no longer be playing her favorite sport: soccer. In an adorable meet cute, Micah develops a bond with a group of three boys who all seem to vie for her attention. But what happens when her new lif ...more
This is the sort of story that sneaks up on you, and sucks you in. It begins with a girl moving to a new home, and meeting the local boys. From there, we go to the mystery of why the girl, Micah, is in the new home, and how something happened in her old home, having to do with the death of her mother, soccer, and mean girls.

And her plan.

Micah's plan is to reinvent her self at her new school.

Her voice is right for the story. The other kids are too.

I really wanted everything to turn out right for
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you don't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!!

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

With equal parts humour and heart, Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer tells the story of twelve-year-old Micah as she em
Andria Sedig
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Micah is heading into a new school year and she is determined to be a new person (and have boobs, round ones). When she moves into a new neighborhood and falls into friendship with a group of boys, Micah isn't quite sure what to expect. But she quickly falls into a routine of soccer training, days at the pool, and skateboarding around the neighborhood. But Micah is still trying to figure out how to navigate being a girl, and her dad isn't the best of help. Dealing with loss, grief, and growing u ...more
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Micah McKinney is twelve and has just finished 6th grade, She has a long summer before her. One day she goes to the local pool and sees guys there.

The author gets into Micah's character: she's a typical girl her age who has hangups about boys, her appearance and what people think of her. She has friends but is not interested in talk of lipgloss.

Luke, one of the boys at the pool, sparks her interest and we see all facets of Micah's personality: she is cautious, polite yet when challenged is wil
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Micah McKinney has one summer to prepare for her thirteenth birthday and the first day at her new school. It is hard to be twelve and in a new neighborhood with just your dad. Who will take her bra shopping? For that matter, will she ever have boobs and need one? The first new neighbors she meets are some boys who have great fun teasing Micah. Once they realize she can keep up with them, they include her in their circle. That causes difficulties with some of the other girls. Sometimes Micah feel ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nina Chapman, through this beautifully written coming of age story, has eloquently captured the impact that parental mental illness can have on a family and a community. This book offers much needed language for tweens in Micah's situation who may not know how to articulate their pain, suffering or questions. But alas, mental illness is not the main story line... just a blip on Micah's radar as she navigates the innocence of first love, bonding with a single parent, and all the shenanigans that ...more
Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)
A middle age story that is funny, thoughtful, speaks a lot about a teenage growing up, deals with first crushes, new friendships, sports, self-discovery, and love. But also it has its dark topics covered as well like bullying, betrayals, suicide and its impact, self doubt, etc.

I feel this book is a great page turner, it was light and easy read and observed various points, topics and themes and the depiction of what a teenage goes through, specially a teenage girl during her puberty, her reactio
~Reading Rambler~
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Netgalley.

Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer is a fun read that was VERY hard to put down! I loved just about everything in it ;)

Micah was very relatable, and she faced a lot of problems that girls have. So it was very nice to see her overcome some the struggles that we girls faced/face all the time.

In the beginning of the story, Micah and her father moved to a new house not far from where they lived in previously. The local
Ms. Yingling
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Boobs-round boobs! Do you remember wishing for those? I sure do! Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer by Nina Chapman starts with a laugh and begs for you to finish reading the novel in one sitting.

12 year old Micah has moved to a new neighborhood and has 81 days of summer vacation to reinvent herself. She is hoping to make new friends and physically change so that she can forget h
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you publishers and Net galley for an ARC of this book.

A wonderful Middle grade novel about a girl named Micah who finds herself alone in a new neighbourhood before starting school. Will she be able to have a new start or will her past moves itself I to the neighborhood as well?

This was such a fun read. I loved the characters and the story line!!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this book. There is no other way to describe it and five stars isn't even enough!

This book follows the story of Micah, who just moved and has 81 days to make friends before school starts. The book is written as a kind of diary from Micahs point of view, so the readers knows that every chapter Micah gets closer to going to school again. It was extremely well written, easy to read and it made me want to continue through the night.

The writing isn't what made me love this book so much thoug
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Capstone in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Everyone knows the struggles of moving to a new place and not only trying to fit in but understand the complications in life such as being a girl and transforming into a woman. With a scene in the community pool turns into a nightmare of adolescence Micah tries to piece the puzzle together and understand the complications of womanhood having it all
S Tondra
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh being 12 is hard. Finding yourself and not letting others dictate who you are is so difficult and Micah had a summer to try and find who she was after some tragic things happened to her. I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well written and coming from a mother of a current 12 year old girl its about dead on with bullies, mean girls, and just trying to be yourself through it all.

I was provided with an electronic ARC through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest rev
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book was way deeper than I expected given the title, synopsis, and cover. It was a powerful story about friendship, forgiving yourself and others, family, and discovering who you are. Micah has been through a lot in her 12 years and she is now dealing with a new neighborhood and the goal of making new friends before summer ends. She slowly becomes one of the guys, while secretly wanting to be one of the girls. There is humor throughout, with the antics of the guys. Please note that the ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute story that follows the life Micah Mckinney and her adventures in her new neighborhood where's she just moved in with her dad. The book reads like her personal diary as Micah counts down to the day she is due to start seventh grade and she's got 81 days to re-create herself before that.

An entertaining read with relatable characters. Would recommend to children and young adults.

Many thanks to Nina Chapman, NetGalley, and Capstone Editions for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest r
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Micah McKinney shows the way and how awkward middle school can be , im a student at falcon bluffs middle school and ive heard some parts of the book and it sound like a great book , i am a student of nina chapman shes a teacher who follows her goals and never gives up . this book shows a lot and i cant wait to read it , i love reading books and just exploring new things and this book will have a great affect on childrens life .
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer is such a true depiction of summer and middle school and friends--with the right amount of deeply moving seriousness and burst-out-laughing humor. The incredibly delightful characters are so real that you feel like you've seen them in person. Readers can totally relate to and deeply sympathize with Micah's experiences.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It's such a cozy fun read for me. The setting are very understandable and there's a lot of things we ( girls ) can relate to. In the childhood time, obviously.

I like the cute childish romance and friendship crisis the characters experience and it made the story soo funny and adorable
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a cute read. Micah was very relatable to me. A cute story about wanting to grow up but to also do it at your own pace and that it's okay to be who you are no matter what has happened in the past.

A nice story about that awkward summer where you're not quite sure what you'll be like at the end of it.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing


A BIG Thank You to Netgalley and Capstone Books for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of “Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer” for my review.

I honestly could not put this book down! It was funny, quirky, ridiculous, charming, sweet and many more! In a nutshell, it is a very cute romantic comedy with a middle grade charm to it. Micah is a great protagonist. She is the awkward, silent, flawed yet talented. I loved her entire personality and how s
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This was a fun read that reminded me of all the intense emotion of going into middle school.

Micah may have more serious issues in her life than most young teens, but most will relate to her difficulties adjusting to the way her body, her life, and her relationships are changing.

I liked the realism of this piece, and the young voice. It reminded me a bit of Judy Blume, in good, modern ways. Micah has some heavy stuff to deal with, including her mother’s death, but I feel like she’s handling these
Denai Piscopo
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great little read this book was. It was a lot deeper and dealt with a lot more topics/choices/changes than what I expected it too. Micah is a complex character and I love that she can pull all the neigbourhood together, like a "haus". For a 12 year old to have to deal with everything that she has would be challenging.
I would highly recommend this to anyone with pre-teens to read through. Cant wait to go and buy it for my niece.
Thank you to Nina Chapman, NetGalley and Capstone publishing
Kirsten’s  Korner
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Reviewed for Netgalley:

This book was pure bliss. It follows the Micah, a middle school girl who has just moved to a new neighborhood. During the summer before middle school Micah meets a whole new group of friends. She must navigate between being a tomboy with a group of neighborhood boys and being a girly girl with the neighborhood girls. Not short of laughs or heart, this book is SURE to put a smile on your face.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Relive preteen girl’s angst and awkwardness in this authentic telling of a transformational summer. The real story that drove the novel brought me to tears. Micah’s inner thoughts and self-talk, and her interactions with adults and peers (old and new) are honest as she gains confidence in friendships and in herself. I closed the last chapter wanting to be Micah’s friend.
Quen Black
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful middle grade book! It addresses some difficult topics, but overall it’s a fun story about making new friends and trying to become comfortable in your own skin at the awkward age of almost 13.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
It's the summer before seventh grade. It's hopefully the summer where everything changes for Micah. She's just moved, so that's one change. But the first people she meets are three neighborhood boys. And the changes they bring are not exactly what she was hoping for. ...more
Laura Roettiger
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and could Not. Put. It. Down.
All the emotions of middle school done just right with excellent pacing and characters to love and characters to make you angry. Well done. I can’t wait to see what’s next from the author.
Samantha Cribbin
Micah just moved to a new town and she's hoping this move will change her life and make it all that she ever wanted it to be, especially when she starts seventh grade in just 81 days. In this coming-of-age story Micah is dealing with a lot, the loss of her mother to suicide, getting her first period without her mother's guidance, a move, and trying to make new friends, just to name a few. I feel like while her dad really loved her, he should have done WAY more to help her deal with her grief. Mi ...more
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