Arc Review: The Edge of Summer by Erica George

Title: The Edge of Summer
Author: Erica George
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance / Grief
Publication Date: June 14th, 2022
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“Saving the whales has been Coriander Cabot and her best friend Ella’s dream since elementary school. But when tragedy strikes, Cor is left to complete the list of things they wanted to accomplish before college alone, including a marine biology internship on Cape Cod.

Cor’s summer of healing and new beginnings turns complicated when she meets Mannix, a local lifeguard who completely takes her breath away. But she knows whatever she has with Mannix might not last, and that her focus should be on rescuing the humpback whales from entanglement. As the tide changes, Cor finds herself distracted and struggling with her priorities.

Can she follow her heart and keep her promise to the whales and her best friend?” (Goodreads)

The cover is definitely what sold me when it came to this one, but also I like whales so there is a second reason haha. There was some great elements in this book, but also ones that were a bit meh for my liking. It’s kind of a mixed bag, still a good story though.

The book is told from one perspective and it comes from Coriander Cabot. Cor is dealing with grief/loss after the tragic death of her bestfriend. I have never lost a friend to something tragic, but I do understand grief. It is something that is not easily forgotten and sticks with you many years after. I do enjoy reading books about grief and even though I like the conversation around it this book in particular left me wanting more from it. It reminded me of other books I have read that I either disliked or enjoyed. There are some flashbacks that happen in the middle of a chapter and it can get confusing at times to piece together where things fit in the story. I would have much preferred more seamless transitions.

I would say that grief is the minor plot point and the romance and internship take over a lot more of the plot. I was okay with that so no complaints here. Although the romance is a bit lackluster and wishy-washy, it was still cute and liked seeing the bit of banter between them. The internship was my favorite and I liked learning more about whales as well as seeing Cor in her element. She killed it!

Overall, this was a cute summer read. Cor really struggles with coming to terms with the grief she holds close and realizing she can branch out and have a life without feeling guilty. She makes friends along the way and has an uncle who really cares for her. If you are looking for a new read this summer I’d recommend this one.

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