Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Title: Cold Summer

Author: Gwen Cole

Publisher:  Sky Pony Press

Format: eBook

Publication Date: May 2, 2017 

Overall:  3.5 out of 5 stars

Source:  Edelweiss

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.

This book was awfully sweet. I really felt for Kale because usually time-travelling in his case it was horrible. It caused him and his family a huge amount of suffering, and even once he found the courage to tell them, it seemed like they became even less compassionate. Not because they didn’t believe him, but because they didn’t understand why he couldn’t stop.

I also really enjoyed the book from Harper’s perspective. She had a hugely selfish mother, and was very lonely. I liked that this town was one where she had real friends, even if it was friends that she had made when she was just a kid. Uncle Jasper was the shining star in this story, as a side character he stood out. His wisdom and kindness even in the face of his own tragedy was pretty heart-warming stuff to read.

The plot and writing were pretty solid, although I do have many many questions left especially around Kale’s time-traveling ability. However this might be one of those books where the mystery in how it works is part of what makes the book worth reading. Overall I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“Sometimes when you go through things, you bottle them up inside and try to act like everything is fine. Because you want to forget they ever happened.
But you have to trust me when I say that doesn’t work. In order for you to move on, you have to let them out.”
Gwen Cole, Cold Summer