Happy book birthday to Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski! When Sam’s summer plans are destroyed thanks to her boyfriend ditching her to go backpacking in Europe, she ends up spending her time as a counselor at a summer camp she never thought she’d return to. As has happened many, many times in the past, a budding romance between Sam and one of her co-counselors soon finds her questioning all that she thought she wanted.

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just a boy and a girl in a little canoeSam’s summer isn’t off to a great start. Her boyfriend, Eli, ditched her for a European backpacking trip, and now she’s a counselor at Camp Blue Springs: the summer camp her eleven-year-old self swore never to return to. Sam expects the next seven weeks to be a total disaster.

That is, until she meets Gavin, the camp’s sailing instructor, who turns her expectations upside down. Gavin may have gotten the job just for his abs. Or that smile. Or the way he fills Sam’s free time with thrilling encounters—swimming under a cascade of stars, whispering secrets over s’mores, embarking on one (very precarious) canoe ride after dark.

It’s absurd. After all, Sam loves Eli. But one totally absurd, completely off-the-wall summer may be just what Sam needs. And maybe, just maybe, it will teach her something about what she really wants.

Perfect for fans of 99 Days and Anna and the French Kiss, this unforgettable, sun-drenched summer romance from one of YA’s bestselling and most beloved authors, Sarah Mlynowski, is an irresistible dive into the joys of seizing the day and embracing the unexpected.

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