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The Summer of Lost Letters

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Ruta Sepetys, this sweet, summery romance set in Nantucket follows seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg as she uncovers a secret about her grandmother's life during WWII.

Seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg isn't exactly looking forward to the summer before her senior year. She's just broken up with her first boyfriend and her friends are
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 15th 2021 by Razorbill
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As a fan of Allison Parr’s contemporary sports romances, I was intrigued by her YA debut under a different pseudonym. Verdict: I enjoyed it! Recommended for fans of Jenn Bennett, and I think the blurb markets the book accurately. RTC closer to release date.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Hannah Reynolds
Nov 18, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Hi everyone! I thought I'd use this space to tell you a little more about THE SUMMER OF LOST LETTERS:

- Part of the reason I wrote this book is because I've always been OBSESSED with my grandmother's past, especially as a teen. She and her younger sister, both French Jews, were hidden in a Catholic boarding school during the war; a
book bruin
Jun 11, 2021 rated it liked it
The Summer of Lost Letters was an intriguing young adult novel with romantic and historical elements. I loved the Jewish rep in the novel and also learning about the Kindertransport program. I was really intrigued by the mystery surrounding the love letters, but I felt the pacing of the story itself was very slow and made the book feel overly long. The final reveal about Abby's grandmother and the letters felt a bit anticlimactic after so much build up, but I think it drove home the greater mess ...more
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Edit November 19: the cover!! Not really as nice as I hoped but I love the colours:)
Sounds like this will be a sad historical function book with fluffy romance so therefore I am 100% needing this
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-books, 2021-blog
3 Stars

Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own.

If you're looking for a cute, seaside romance with a side of literary allusions and long-lost family history, this book may be just the escape you are seeking. Picturesque Nantucket, ferries, old love letters lost to the generations... If you like your love stories to make perfect logical sense, however, this one may not be an ideal fit. Fun and lackadaisical
Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
As a woman who does not know a whole lot about my family’s history, this story filled me with intrigue. I haven’t dug into my family tree yet, but after reading this I’m curious to see who my ancestors were and what stories I could find. I think we tend to take our history and our elders for granted when it’s the true key for who we currently are. This story had me from the beginning. I was completely engulfed in O’ma’s tale and wanted to know her past as much as Abby did. I liked how the story ...more
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
THE SUMMER OF LOST LETTERS follows 17 year old Abby Schoenberg. After her O’ma’s passing, Abby finds love letters written to her O’ma from a mystery man named Edward from Nantucket. Abby doesn’t know anything about her O’ma’s past other than the fact that she traveled from Germany to the US at only 5 years old, fleeing the Holocaust. Hoping that Edward could tell her about her O’ma’s story, Abby sets her plan in motion: she’s going to spend the summer in Nantucket. There, she meets Edwards grand ...more
Kera (featherboundbooks)
It’s the beginning of the summer before Abby’s senior year of high school when a box of letters belonging to her late grandmother is delivered to her door. And she becomes completely wrapped up in them, because these letters from a man named Edward speak about a life that Abby knew nothing about. She knew very little about her grandmother's past. She fled Germany during the Holocaust and came to the US at a young age, but that is the extent of Abby's understanding of her O'ma's past.

Now, she is
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but I was definitely expecting there to be more historical aspects in this story. I originally thought this was a historical fiction story mixed with a present day story, but it was mainly a contemporary love story. Don’t get me wrong, that is one of my favorite genres so I wasn’t too disappointed! This is definitely a book for fans of Morgan Matson and Kasie West. I really loved Noah as a character. I thought he was really sweet and broke stereotypes. On the other ha ...more
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was so good! The drama, the friendships, the romance, everything was so exciting! It was one of those books I didn’t want to put down but forced myself to so it wouldn’t be over too quickly. The entire premise of following a grandmother’s old love letters and finding love yourself is something I absolutely loved! It was so romantic and filled with drama! The friendships were also so heartwarming and I truly loved all ...more
May 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for an eARC.

3.5 rounded down.

I want to preface this by saying I am not a historical fiction fan. I don’t really have an interest in learning about the past, and I will admit that I skimmed everything that had to do with Abby and her family’s history. Despite all of that, I actually quite enjoyed this, and found it to be very well written.

Except for one thing.

Abby was fucking obnoxious.

Too obnoxious for her own good, and not in a cute, headstrong way.
Katie Prouty
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Be brave, take risks, show some chutzpah."

Looking for your next YA beach read? This. Is. It! The Summer of Lost Letters is a heroic story with a main character that is hilarious! Sure, she's hyper, and nosy, and aggravating. But. She's real. And maybe she's like a Victorian heroine, ready to faint over Noah Barbanel. (Who isn't?).

He is a delight and butterflies and incandescent joy. Abby is seeking information about her late grandmother, who came to the US in 1930. A box of letters show up
I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Publishing Group via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The Summer of Lost Letters follows the story of seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg who spends her summer uncovering her late grandmother’s past. She doesn’t have much to go with, except the little information in letters that lead her to Nantucket. There she meets Noah, the grandson of her grandma’s former love, who is desperate to stop Abby from investigating in his family’s pas
Jun 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Razorbill for the chance to read this eARC!

Family secrets? Summer in Nantucket? Let me pack my bags!

Abby’s grandma dies, leaving behind a box full of love letters. After reading them, Abby decides to get down to the bottom of the mysterious love letters from a person named Edward in Nantucket—a person that isn’t her grandpa. She leaves for Nantucket, unable to guess the whirlwind of secrets, drama, and love that awaits her. It’s up to Abby to uncover the secrets of the p
Abigail Singrey
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This teen summer romance is as sweet as apple pie.

Abby's grandma passed away and left behind a set of love letters between her and a man Abby never heard of. She realized she knows very little about her grandma's life - both how she escaped the Nazis who killed her parents and how she ended up in an ill-fated romance with a wealthy man who summered on Nantucket - so she takes the opportunity to go to Nantucket for the summer to research, getting herself hired at a bookstore.

But when her resear
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg has recently lost her grandmother O’ma and discovers a stash of old love letters among her belongings. The letters tell of a romance on Nantucket during the 1950s that was passionate but ended badly. Her grandmother never spoke of that time of her life and Abby’s curiosity is piqued, so with her parent’s permission she obtains a summer job on the island and begins to sleuth out what happened in O’ma’s past. Abby soon befriends Noah, the grandson of the man who ...more
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Summer of Lost Letters needs to be on everyone's summer TBR list. If you are a fan of Sarah Dessen and Nicholas Sparks, then this is the book for you.

The Summer Of Lost Letters follow Abby Schoenberg when she decides to spend the summer on the island of Natntucket after finding mysterious love letters from her recently deceased O'ma's youth. While in Nantucket, she meets the grandson of the man from her O'ma's letters, Noah. Together they decide to work together to find discover exactly wha
Rosh | Reads and Reviews
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much! This historical fiction YA set in Nantucket is the perfect light, summer read, but with a deeper historical undertone.

The main character Abby learns that her late grandmother had a romantic relationship with a man named Edward when she was younger. Abby spends the summer in Nantucket trying to uncover the the history of this love story but she discovers so much more. Her grandmother fled to America during the Holocaust at only 4 years old, and Abby is determined to l
Jenn Cayanan
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Abby Schoenberg sets out to a Summer before her senior year in Nantucket to discover a family secret. If you're interested in history, specifically WWII, and would like to read about Jewish families and love on an island during the Summer then this book is for you. And it's perfect since it comes out in June!

Frankly, I fit all those boxes and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hannah Reynolds was able to completel
Chris G.
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Abigail knows her Grandma Ruth, who recently died, came to the U.S. as a four year old refuge from Hitler’s Germany, but when a box of her grandma’s letter arrives, Abigail realizes how much she doesn’t know about her grandmother’s past. Clues from the letters lead Abby to a summer job on Nantucket where she meets and crushes on Noah Barbanel, whose great-grandparents raised Ruth and whose grandfather was in love with her.

Abby is especially curious about a necklace mentioned in Ruth’s letters an
Courtney (pawsitivelybookish)
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
A whirlwind of summer romance and adventure 😍

This book was so cute and fun. All of the characters were so lovable and I felt like even the most minor of them played such important roles.

I also think this book came at the perfect time for me, as I am currently trying to uncover some of my family history just like Abigail. I really felt a connection to Abby as she was scouring various genealogy and census resources just for a glimpse into her grandmother’s life.

The Summer of Lost Letters an unexp
May 17, 2021 added it
I gobbled this story up in a day. It was exactly what I needed - a fun, light, summer romance wrapped in a faint air of mystery without too much historical fiction to weigh it down. As Abby and Noah research her grandmother’s past, they also begin to develop feelings for one another. Their “will they won’t they” romantic connection was a mystery within a mystery. The hurry up and wait was so frustrating! But, the ending was oh so worth it.
Karyn Silverman
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Adding it to the list for our 10th grade project because it's so Jewish in a totally non Holocaust, modern, lived way, which was something several students identified last year as a mirror they never see. ...more
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
The kind of book about family that makes you want to call your mom immediately.
Jun 14, 2021 marked it as to-read
Looking forward to reading this one
Feb 10, 2021 marked it as to-read
Books like this always make me inexplicably happy, idk why. Don't why I didn't hear about this sooner ...more
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

So I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Abby finds her grandmother's old love letters which leads Abby to investigate her grandmother's past. Turns out grandmother came over as a child and lived with a family in Nantucket. Abby spends her summer learning about the famous family her grandmother lived with and in the process meets Noah. Noah is the grandson to the man who Abbys grandmother wrote letters too.

Together Abby and Noah learn
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