Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn

Title: Four Summers
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Genre: YA/NA, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Teen Fiction
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NB: I have read this book for some time now and I just want to share my review here on the blog. For the link, here it is.

Charlotte Gates is tired of being Charlie Rae. She loves the lake she was raised on, their rental cabins, and spending her nights under the stars…but inside she yearns for more.

After his freshman year, Nathaniel Chase’s family spends their first summer at The Village. From the beginning Charlotte intrigues him. She’s the girl who always says what’s on her mind, wins at night games, and each time she looks through her telescope, gets lost in the sky.

Over the course of four summers together, Charlotte and Nathaniel become best friends, share firsts, mend broken hearts, protect each other’s secrets, overcome tragedies…fall in love. And say goodbye…

Charlie wants out of The Village. Nate wants her to have her stars. And they dream of being able to do it all together. But life isn’t as easy as their summers.

Each summer is told in alternating points of view between Charlie and Nate. Journey with the pair, and their friends, as they share their story about growing up, discovering who they are, making tough choices, and falling in love again and again.


At first, I thought to myself "Oh, another cliche book." But throughout reading this piece, I was beginning to eat my words. From the end of the first summer until the last, this book had me staring very hard at the pages, never leaving my reading nook up until I have reached the very end. Let me just say, THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC.

Main characters are Charlotte Rae Gates, more commonly known as Charlie to the people in their place called the Village. Her best friend who always helped her is Alec Andrews. Charlie loved the Village until recently. Both of them growing up together, they thought that the future is already planned out for them and with their future rooted in the Village. Along came the Chase boys one summer and everything changed for Charlie.

When Nathaniel Chase came into her life, Charlie discovered more about herself and where she wants to direct her life. Along with Nathaniel, his brother Brandon, Alec, and the events in their lives, the characters grew up.

I really adore the characters especially Charlie and Nathaniel. Throughout the book, I sensed them mature, as if I was reading a journal entry because of how they acted and how it differed as years passed.

This story was told from two points-of-view: the view of Charlotte and the view of Nathaniel. In this sense, the readers get to learn of the views of both characters and most importantly their struggles as they faced the unkown future ahead of them.

This book just goes to show just how much maturity is needed in order for love to work. It also spoke of TRUE LOVE. Yes, you read that right. I say true love because they ....well, GO read the book and find out ;-)


5 reads

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. Even when she was too busy chasing kids or working, writing stories was never far from her mind.

She feels a special pull to characters in their teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she adores exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing. Luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh, too. She’s also a proud romantic at heart who has a soft spot for flawed characters. She loves people who aren’t perfect, who make mistakes but also have a big heart.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

She writes for Entangled Publishing, Grand Central Publishing and is self-published.

Nyrae is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.

Contact: Nyraedawn [at] yahoo [dot] com

Nyrae Dawn also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.



  1. Oh, this sounds like a really great book! I love summer-themed books, primarily because I never had summers as wild or as exciting as these characters usually have. I'm also a romantic (although I try to deny that sometimes) so yeah, this really feels like a good book for me.

    Great review, Camille! :)

    - Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

  2. Hey @Joy Sallegue :D
    Yes, it's one of the best books of Nyrae Dawn that I've read because you get to see the characters mature over time and it's really nice. It's like your their friend and you get to catch up on how they are from the last summers that has been written in the book.

    Put it on your TBR ;)


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