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Cold Summer
Cold Summer | Gwen Cole
Today, hes a high school dropout with no future. Tomorrow, hes a soldier in World War II. Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn't had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers--friends--die. Then the next day, hes back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past. When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves. But then Harper finds Kales name in a historical article--and hes listed as a casualty of the war. Is Kales death inevitable? Does this mean that, one of these days, when Kale travels to the past, he may not come back? Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, hell be killed in a time where he doesnt belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
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Hestapleton
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The plot was a little slow moving for my tastes. But otherwise a super cute story. I'm in the mood for time travel now, so hit me up with your favorite time travel novels!

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BillBlume
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Went to a book release party for Gwen Cole's novel Cold Summer. Was a great time. My friend Eric Smith served as host for the event (and cleverly got his copy signed before anyone else). I love how Gwen has used time travel as a means for writing a teenager with PTSD instead of having a teen live with an adult suffering from it. #PTSD #YA #YALit #youngadult #youngadultbooks #timetravel

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