When We Had Summer by Jennifer Castle EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Jennifer Castle
- Language: English
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Death
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- Size: 2 MB
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WHEN YOU STAY UP ALL NIGHT, THERE’S A POINT when you stop
being tired and start feeling kind of indestructible.
Like you could do anything. Leap a tall building. Lift a truck off a little
kid. Maybe even fly.
Or hop from one rock to another out toward the ocean without worrying
about slipping. Without even looking back to see if your friends were right
Penny was in that zone. The no-sleep-totally-hyper phase in between
being really tired at 4:00 a.m. and passing out at lunchtime, hopefully in the
car way past the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Every year, on the last night of summer, Penny and her friends Carly,
Lainie, and Daniella had a sleepover on the screened porch of Lainie’s
grandparents’ house. The house was right across from the beach. They’d
drift off sometime after midnight, then wake up early to climb onto the
longest jetty in Ocean Park Heights and watch the sunrise.
But this summer, they were thirteen. Officially teenagers. And they’d
decided early on that they’d have to do something that fit better with how
much older and cooler they were. So this year, sleepover meant they’d sleep
when it was over.
“When there’s only one day left of summer,” Carly had said, “you
should be awake for every minute of it, you know?”
Penny agreed completely. Summer was sliding away, like each wave at
low tide after it hit the jetty and rushed back out to sea. She hopped onto
another rock, breathing in the salty air, which already felt a little colder, a
little more September.
“Hey, I can’t go that fast!” Daniella called. “I’m carrying important
Penny glanced back. Daniella was holding out one arm for balance. Her
other arm hugged a giant bag filled with three colors of cotton candy: pink,
“Ah, crap! My flip-flop just broke!” Lainie cried.
She stopped to pull it off her foot and held it up in front of her face,
eyeing one piece of rubber that had come loose from another. “Really?”
Lainie said to the useless sandal. “You made it all summer. You couldn’t
have held out for, like, another hour?”
“When you start talking to footwear, you know it’s time to leave the
shore and go back to real life,” Carly said, laughing, her hands on her hips,
her long auburn hair whipping around her face. Penny could see her
freckles, even from seven rocks away. By late August, Carly always had
twice as many as she started the summer with.
Penny could still remember the first time she met Carly, when they were
six years old. She could actually see where it had happened: that stretch of
sand down there, in front of Lifeguard Tower 9. Penny had been digging in
the sand for an hour, trying to find the little plastic lizard she’d buried the
day before. When she finally gave up, she curled into one of her holes and
stared glumly at the water.
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