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NO BOY SUMMER by Amy Spalding


by Amy Spalding

Pub Date: April 18th, 2023
ISBN: 9781419757525
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Lydia is a whole 13 months older than Penny, but she’s never felt like the big sister.

According to Lydia, Penny is perfect—she has a detailed plan for the future and the grades to back it up. Lydia feels like she’s constantly in her sister’s shadow. She also doesn’t have any close friendships and is a serial monogamist with a tendency to let boy drama control her life. After a boy-crazy high school year with disastrous repercussions, the sisters make a pact: They’ll have a summer free of boys, one spent living with their cool aunt and uncle in Los Angeles. After Lydia falls for Fran, a cute girl she meets while working as a barista, readers learn that Lydia has known she’s bisexual for quite some time but is not out to her family yet. Since Fran isn’t a boy, Lydia pursues the relationship in secret, deciding she’s not breaking the pact. Lydia’s relationship validates the bisexual experience through an enjoyable romance. While the disjointed and sometimes repetitive first-person narration can make the plot difficult to follow at times, Lydia successfully navigates her growing feelings for Fran, a new group of friends, and her sometimes strained relationship with Penny. This body- and sex-positive story will hold readers’ interest until it eventually reaches its satisfying conclusion. Lydia and Penny are White; Fran is cued as Latine.

A cute, queer romance plus a sweet exploration of the special bond between sisters.

(Fiction. 13-18)