Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may very well end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.
As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app – and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.
Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.
“Let love destroy you—God knows life is going to anyway.”
Everyone has scars. Some are visible, others aren’t. This is a story of a girl, so broken on the outside, but inside—inside she is beautiful, smart, loving, kind and just glows. Summer Martin has a life threatening illness. She lost out on so many experiences, one being love. Her one wish is to find that one true love and cherish it, hold on so tight.
She meets Cooper through a dating app and little does she know he’s about to give her the summer of her life. He is beautiful in every way but wears his scars on the inside. He too has been through so much that your heart hurts for him too.
So a love story of all love stories begins and when I say you will feel every emotion with your whole heart, I’m not even stretching the truth.
“You are so beautiful,” he continued, his voice catching in his throat. “You are so special and important and elegant and smart and kind and worthwhile, and you are so much better than me and everyone else I’ve ever known in every single way, and you are the only truth I have ever found in this lying world, and I love you to the floor of me, and it breaks me to imagine a future without you in it, and I just want you to know all that, just because.”
Did I say breathtaking? You know those books that you just want to hug and love and give to every person you know. You want to bottle the feeling you had while you’re reading and tattoo them in your heart and brain. Seth King wrote a book that changed the way I look at life. It reminded me of what matters. The good in people and the power to change your mindset. You get one chance. One life. Every second, every day. Make it count. Smile hard, laugh often and love with your whole heart. Never let the chance to tell the people you love how much you love them, and prove it. With words, actions, make a difference.
I’m going to turn to Seth’s own words.
“Writing is like throwing your soul onto a page and then going, ‘Here, everyone, hope you love it!’”
Well, he got me because I LOVED it.
About Seth King
Seth King is a twenty-five-year-old author and artist.
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