Book Tour

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS

Author: Alisha Sevigny

Pub. Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 264

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Synopsis: 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 girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she’s ever known.

Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.

Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer’s son, Nick Constantine.

As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn’t mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father’s aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.

But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love — and leave — one’s childhood home.


This is such a beautiful and emotional novel, from the inside out.  For starters, that beautiful, summery cover is one of the nicest I’ve seen for 2018, and I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous covers so far this year.  I think it really captures all the things that we love about summer – sitting outside on a warm night by a lake with someone we care about.

The story, wow, it’s really heartfelt.  I loved it from the very beginning.  The emotional story that the author has created, with both plenty of focus on the family and yet a summer love interest, really tugs at the heart.  This is the perfect book to enjoy for the summer, whether you are reading it at the lake or beach or curled up on a porch swing with a glass of iced tea on a warm summer night.

The characters in this book really came to life, making it so easy to love each and every one of them.  Julia’s character was complex and bursting will personality and I believe she is the kind of character that readers can reflect on and see themselves when they read the book.

I love that there was such a strong emphasis on family matters in this book – I love YA books that focus on families, both the good and the bad.  The relationship that Julia has with her brother in this book is that inspiring kind of relationship that makes you appreciate your own family.

The story in Summer Constellations had a lot going on, and there wasn’t a single moment in this book that was dull or boring.  I flew through the pages in this one because I wanted to see what was going to happen next, since there were so many different subplots going on at the same time.

I really loved how the budding romance didn’t overtake the whole novel, either.

All in all, I think this is an amazing read for summer – if you love YA contemporary, this is the book you should pick up and check out!

Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!


Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Professional Writing and Sociology from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and hot yoga lover.

A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a trip to Panama she fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog and was inspired to write her first Young Adult novel, KISSING FROGS.

Her second book, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is about a young woman fighting to save her family campground while trying not to fall in love, comes out May 1, 2018 with KCP Loft.

Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, US Only.

 

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Week One:

4/23/2017- BookHounds YA Interview

4/24/2017- Books and Ladders– Review

4/25/2017- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

4/26/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

4/27/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

Week Two:

4/30/2017- Wonder Struck– Review

5/1/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post

5/2/2017- laura’ bookish corner– Review

5/3/2017- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review

5/4/2017- Pretty Little Library– Excerpt

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5 Responses to Blog Tour: Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny – Review and Giveaway!

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I thought it was a sweet book too and I loved her relationship with her brother. 🙂

  2. This sounds so cute! I have to agree that the cover is very pretty! Great review!
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  3. Linda Romer says:

    Summer Constellations sounds like a good read. Thank you

  4. Raven says:

    Great review! This really sounds like a great read and I’m glad you loved it!
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  5. That cover really is lovely, and I feel like it has such an atmospheric feel to it. I hope it complements the story on the inside! From reading your review it sounds like it might 🙂

    I really love books that have a balance between romance and family because I feel like sometimes the families take a backseat to the romance in YA, which always feels a little unrealistic. Teens generally have a lot to do with their family because they live with them, their parents drive them around etc. So it’s awesome that the romance didn’t take over the family storyline in this book!

    I’m glad you liked it so much, I love it when you want to fly through a book – it’s such a great feeling. Lovely review, Kelly!

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