Sometime in Summer by Katrina Leno

Published: June 28, 2022

Paperback, 416 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, I received an eARC)



From critically acclaimed author Katrina Leno comes a tender love letter to books and summertime, with a touch of magic.

Anna Lucia Bell believes in luck: bad luck. Bad luck made her best friend stop talking to her. Bad luck caused her parents’ divorce. Bad luck is forcing her mother, Miriam, to sell the family’s beloved bookstore. And it is definitely bad luck that Anna seems to be the only person in the world Miriam is unable to recommend a life-changing book.

When Anna finds out that she and her mom are spending two months in a New England seaside town called Rockport, she expects a summer plagued with bad luck too. But Rockport has surprises in store for Anna, including a comet making its first appearance in over twenty years and two new—but familiar—friends.

In what will prove to be the most important summer of her life so far, Anna learns about love, herself, and the magic that an ordinary summer can bring. 


“The right book at the right time can change your life.” To me this is one of the best quotes in the whole book and resonated with me. I love when books have books at the center of the plot, and this book was based around so many great books. I loved the adorable chapter headings.

At 14 we all feel like everything is changing, but in reality so much in Anna’s life was actually changing. Her parents separation, spending a summer in a whole new place, and issues with friends. The fact that where she summered was so close to where I live, and I’ve gone to the beach that she went to made me really connect to the story. Seeing it from her perspective was wonderful. The descriptions of the town were so lovely.

To me this author is known for amazing magical realism story telling, I for sure was not disappointed with this one. This was a very realistic coming of age story, until the big twist. Also all the talk about the comet was so fun.

Boston Book Reader