Many people don’t know this about me, but I don’t read synopses or descriptions, of books when I see them. It’s the cover that draws me in. I may read a few sentences, but for the most part, I just buy them and read them, or I click that “Want to Read” button on Goodreads and go from there. This was definitely the case with Gwen Cole’s debut novel Cold Summer. I’ve been seeing this cover everywhere, and when I decided to feature her and her book, I finally read the description.
Not only is this a time-travel book but it also sheds lights on a very real, and very important, disorder that has only become more widely discussed in our society over the past decades. I lived with someone with PTSD for a few years and got to see exactly how it can affect a person’s day to day life. I think this book is especially important now, with the Young Adult community growing as much as it has in the last decade, to shed light on PTSD and how it affects not only the person struggling with it, but also those around them.
From Gwen’s Website:
Gwen Cole writes Young Adult books and her debut novel, COLD SUMMER, will be released in the spring of 2017 with Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.
She grew up in upstate New York, moved to Virginia where she did not graduate college, and worked a various number of jobs including pharmacy technician, meat clerk, ranch hand, and a receiving specialist at Target. She may or may not have written a number of books while working at certain jobs.
At the age of eighteen, Gwen played bass in a hardcore band and later married the lead guitarist. She can also play piano, guitar, and wishes she could play the cello. Her favorite place to vacation is Wyoming, where she gets to wear a cowboy hat and pretend she actually is one.
Gwen now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and very large dog, where she longs to live in the country again.
About Cold Summer
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s 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, he’s 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 Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. 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, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
It’s All In The Details
- Title: Cold Summer
- Author: Gwen Cole
- Publisher: Sky Pony Press
- Pub Date: May 02, 2017
- Pages: 256
YA and Wine Pairing
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole
The label of Therapy’s Merlot is complimentary to the cover of Cold Summer, and the rich coffee and black licorice flavor coincides with the seriousness of this book. I found this to be a perfect pairing.
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
Will you be reading this debut novel when it hits the shelves?