Blog Tour: North of the Border – YA Summer Reads Guestpost

Blog Tour: North of the Border – YA Summer Reads Guestpost

Describe your favourite summer vacation memory. Who were you with? What were you doing?

author_janet-gurtler_photo Growing up, summer vacations were always about family. My two brothers, my sister and me and my parents. We’d lay out a foam mattress in the back of the station wagon and each kid got a corner. I was a reading fanatic when I was a kid, so reading has always been a big part of my summers. We’d usually go camping and that would involve a lot of camp fires and walks. My favorite was one year when we camped with a bunch of bears who thought they owned the campsite we were at. They were everywhere and we just kind of stayed away from them and watched them. Whenever we went for a walk we took pots and pans and clanged on them. Life before seat-belts and bear safety!—Janet Gurtler

author_julianna-stone_photo I was tight with about six girls and we did everything together. But the summer we all got our driver’s license was mint. I had a car and we would drive with the tunes cranked, singing at the top of our lungs. We had freedom. Friendship. And lots of good times. The only responsibility I had was to get to my job on time and to make sure there was enough gas in the tank!—Julianna Stone

author_jennifer-salvato-doktorski_photo The summer I rented a beach house at the New Jersey shore with my sister, her husband, and my then-boyfriend, Mike, ranks among my favorite summer vacations. In general, I love spending summer days “down the shore,” but on day two of this particular vacation, Mike and I got up early and walked the one block to the beach with our “to go”breakfast of bagels and coffee. While I was sitting there sipping my coffee and watching the ocean, he pulled out a small velvet box and said: “I know this isn’t the usual time of day to ask this question, but will you marry me?” Honestly, it was the last thing I expected but of course I said “yes!”—Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me

blogtour_ya-summer-reads_the-summer-after-you-and-me Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

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Some Kind of Normal

What is Normal?

For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It’s kinda hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor—those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

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blogtour_ya-summer-reads_the-truth-about-usThe Truth About Us

The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She’s made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she’s paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it’s all fine. That her “perfect” family is fine. But it’s not. And no one notices the lie…until she meets Flynn. He’s the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of “the wrong side of the tracks.” When Jess’s parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don’t get that the person who shouldn’t fit in your world… might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.

Good Reads

Thanks so much to


for hosting this blog tour!

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  1. Janet Gurtler

    April 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Thanks so much for hosting us on your blog! Here’s to some great new summer memories!!

    • giselle

      April 12, 2015 at 11:09 AM

      You’re so welcome Janet! Thank you for all that you do and I look forward to reading all your books <3

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