Every Summer After – Carley Fortune

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Viking
Pages: 320
Release Date: May 10, 2022

Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.


They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.


Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.


For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.


When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past. 

Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.

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I’m going to keep this review short, otherwise I’ll spiral into an incomprehensible mess because I love this book so much.

Every Summer After is easily one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, if not the best. Fortune’s debut novel is sure to make a splash as it packs a punch readers won’t recover from quickly.

Every Summer After follows Percy as her parents buy a cottage to vacation to to get away from the bustling Toronto city life. Told from the present and past, Every Summer After tells a story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and forgiveness.

Fortune’s writing is atmospheric in its descriptions of the setting and the emotions that bleed from the pages. Everytime I picked up the book, I felt like I was in Barry’s Bay, sitting on the dock, feeling the heat of the sun on my skin and the light breeze off the lake all while falling in love with my best friend. 

There isn’t a moment throughout the novel that isn’t emotionally charged. From the first page until the last, Percy and Sam’s friendship and eventual relationship is full of angst, happiness, and love. Their friendship is cute and wholesome then gradually develops into angsty tension before it explodes.

I’ve seen a couple of reviews comparing Every Summer After to The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han and I think it’s an apt comparison. Every Summer After is the adult The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Overall, Every Summer After is easily the best novel I’ve read so far this year. The emotions are palpable as Fortune guides readers through this story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and forgiveness.

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Have you read Every Summer After? What did you think?

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