The Edge of Summer

Fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson will be swept away by this big-hearted novel about one girl navigating first loss and first love during her summer on Cape Cod.

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?


“George’s personal passion for whales and other marine life is evident in this coming-of-age story that sheds light on how these creatures suffer at the hands of humans. The author brings awareness to a younger audience by intertwining it with the realistic transitional period between high school and college that young adults typically experience. Also, through the creation of some diverse and compassionate characters, she produces a heartfelt story that demonstrates the power kindness and acceptance can have on a person. VERDICT This is a great beachy YA romance that is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.” –School Library Journal

“Mannix’s interpersonal familial conflicts and Cor’s emotional turmoil add intensity and tension to the otherwise frothy story. While the teens’ developing relationship follows a familiar formula, the narrative’s strong ecological message and George’s (Words Composed of Sea and Sky) expertly drawn seaside setting make for a pensive summer romance. Characters cue as white. Ages 14–up. Agent: Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency. (June)” –Publisher’s Weekly

“Reading THE EDGE OF SUMMER feels like spreading your arms wide and letting the summer sun warm your face and the wind off the ocean almost lift you off the ground. A gorgeous, evocative story of love, friendship, new beginnings, and navigating the valley of grief.” – Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King and In the Wild Light

“The Edge of Summer captures the thrill of summer romances, complex grief in the wake of loss, and the joy of rediscovering who we are. It’s the feeling of summer transformed into a heartwarming book that is a love letter to Cape Cod, whales, and the beauty of life.” – Crystal Maldonado, author of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega and No Filter and Other Lies

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