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One last summer to escape, to find herself, to figure out what comes next. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will love this contemporary, coming-of-age romance.

Graduation was supposed to be a relief. Except Quinn can't avoid the rumors that plagued her throughout high school or the barrage of well-intentioned questions about her college plans. How is she supposed to know what she wants to do for the next four years, let alone the rest of her life? And why does no one understand that it's hard for her to think about the future -- or feel as if she even deserves one -- when her best friend is dead?

Spending the summer with her aunt on the Jersey shore may just be the fresh start Quinn so desperately needs. And when she meets Malcolm, a musician with his own haunted past, she starts to believe in second chances. Can Quinn find love while finding herself?

About the Author

Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of the young adult novels HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES (Simon Pulse 2013) , FAMOUS LAST WORDS (Henry Holt and Company 2013) -- a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year for 2014 -- and THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME (Sourcebooks Fire, Spring 2015) , which is a YALSA nominee for the Teens' Top Ten books for 2016. She is also a freelance nonfiction writer and has published articles and essays in national magazines, such as Cosmopolitan. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives with her family, their dog Buffy (The Squeaky Toy Slayer) , and an African dwarf frog named Munchkin in New Jersey, where she spends her summers "down the shore" dreaming about surfing lessons and observing sea life while keeping her toes in the sand.

Visit her at www.jendoktorski.com or on Twitter @jdoktorski.

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