Day 2: You Can’t Forget Your Summer Love by Joanne Rock

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When we talked about writing our first Young Adult book, our first thought was to set it during the summer. Soon after, we got around to the idea of summer camp and a camp boyfriend. But recently I’ve been thinking about why we chose to write a summer book.

There’s something magical about summer, especially for a teen. Different rules apply, for one thing. Sometimes because we travel away from home, or because we spend the summer with one parent instead of the other. There is less structure in a summer day because there’s no school. We sleep late, stay up late, and have more generous curfews. We have more freedom. Sometimes, we even have different friends. The usual friends go to camps or stay with a relative who lives closer to the beach. This means we meet different people.

All of that creates a unique experience. With less structure, more freedom and different friends, summer can be a whole new world.

That’s one facet of what makes a summer romance special. In this new world of warmer weather, longer hours of daylight, and a new group of friends, it’s easier to meet people. Whereas high school has a whole protocol for how fast things escalate with a new guy—you quiz your friends about him and everyone has an opinion—a summer relationship moves at a different speed.

Suddenly, you’re spending a lot of time together. And because you both have more free time, you build a connection faster. A summer relationship becomes more meaningful sooner, and it stays more meaningful because you’re both aware that it’s going to change when September comes.

And that’s the other facet of what makes summer love so memorable. Most times, it comes with an expiration date. He’s going to college or moving back to the opposite coast. You’re headed home. Even if you’re simply returning to neighboring high schools, you know that when fall arrives, things are going to change.

Even if you try to make a summer relationship last into the fall, you have to leave that special time and place that was your summer together. Now, your guy has to meet your friends. You’ll have to meet his friends. You won’t have nearly as much time together. It might last, but it won’t ever be quite the same.

Maybe that’s why summer love is so unforgettable. We know we won’t ever recapture those moments. They are special and fleeting even as they happen. Those long summer evenings and slow summer sunsets are a beautiful backdrop for falling in love, the perfect place for a romance—no matter how long it lasts.

J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners - and sisters-in-law - Joanne & Karen Rock. After years of comparing notes on their favorites books and films, often dreaming up new endings to suit them, they decided to write their own stories. Their first Young Adult book, CAMP BOYFRIEND, is part of a three-book series. CAMP PAYBACK will be an April 2014 release, and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT arrives in Fall 2014. Visit the Camp Boyfriend website at to learn more about the free novellas they are offering readers prior to each full length book. Individually, Joanne Rock is an award winning Harlequin author published in 26 countries and translated into 20 languages. Karen Rock writes critically acclaimed stories for Harlequin Heartwarming including her latest, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL.

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