Guest Post: The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
May 1, 2015 ● ISBN: 9781492619031
Tradepaper/$9.99 ● Ages 14+

Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances? 
For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn’t just the perfect summer escape, it’s home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can’t help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.
Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy’s summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of two YA  novels and is a freelance nonfiction writer. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
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Who are your 3 favorite heroines in YA?
That’s a tough question. There are so many!! And while I do have some faves from recent titles in YA literature (Eleanor from Eleanor & Park, and Johanna, from How to Build a Girl), I think I’ll answer this by telling you who my all-time favorites are because they never change. Though these heroines never battled for survival is a post-apocalyptic world, they are the characters whose voices still ring clear in my mind decades after I was first introduced to them.
  1. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout may be one of the most endearing characters in all of literature. I never get tired of the small, spitfire of a girl or this book. From the opening line until the end, Scout speaks to me, telling me a poignant tale that is every bit as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1960. Yes, I’ve already preordered Go Set a Watchman.
  2. Jane from Jane Eyre. Jane is everything I look for in a heroine. A true underdog, she managed to be a strong, self-sufficient, feminist during a time when women relied on men for almost everything. An orphan and literally a “plain Jane,” it is her intelligence and inner strength that makes the mysterious, brooding, Mr. Rochester fall in love with her.
  3. Jo March from Little Women. I think I asked for my first typewriter (they’re like computers without screens or autocorrect) after reading this book. Like Scout, Jo is strong, funny, feisty, tomboy-ish, generous, and most importantly, a reader and a writer! Jo used her own life to tell stories and she may have been the first character who sparked that dream in me.

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