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Young Adult Fiction 95
Summer on the Shore
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Morgan wants to leave the small island where she has grown up, since she feels that no one really understands her, especially since she has a secret she won't share with anyone. When she meets Keltie, things become even more confusing. Keltie is a selkie who is allowed to be on land because Morgan has kissed her, but Morgan wants to keep Keltie a secret as well. Morgan's parents are divorced, her younger brother doesn't get along with her any more, and she can't quite connect with her friend group anymore because of all of the things she is keeping from them. When she lets them in on her secrets, will she lose everyone dear to her?
Good Points
This graphic novel is filled with a lot of magical realism that helps to ease some of Morgan's teenage problems. There's friend drama, personal identity drama, family drama, and a slowly developing romance that has some kissing and would be a fine choice for both middle school and high school students, nicely bridging that developmental divide.

The colors largely feature a sunlit beach palette, with a lot of cheery yellow and blue, which is an interesting contrast for all of the secrets that are being kept. There is a wonderful summer vibe, and all of the seaside details are delightful.

Readers of Larson's All Summer Long, Wang's The Prince and the Dressmaker, Telgemeier's Drama and Leyh's Snapdragon will enjoy this introspective novel of identity and acceptance.
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