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Young Adult Fiction Dating & Sex

Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe

by (author) Sarah Mlynowski

Initial publish date
May 2020
Dating & Sex, Camping & Outdoor Activities, Contemporary
Recommended Age
14 to 18
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2020
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
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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.

Sam’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.

About the author


Sarah Mlynowski est l'auteure de la série à succès Il était une fois... et plusieurs romans pour jeunes adultes dont les romans de la série Magic in Manhattan et Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have). Originaire de Montréal, Sarah habite maintenant au royaume de Manhattan avec son prince charmant et ses deux filles amoureuses des contes de fées.


Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, Gimme a Call, and a bunch of other books for tweens and teens, including the Upside-Down Magic series, which she cowrites with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in Los Angeles with her very own prince charming and their fairy tale-loving daughters. Visit Sarah online at and find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @sarahmlynowski.

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Editorial Reviews

“Fun, sexy, sex-positive, and inclusive…this deceptively thought-provoking summer read also offers a thoughtful feminist subtext. Sizzling and smart.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A funny, sexy, irresistible summer romance that will leave you giggling and in love with the world.” — Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of Let It Snow and This Boy

“The best of both worlds for reader[s], as it allows them to feel nostalgia for camp while also reading the counselor side of the story… A fun summer romance.” — School Library Journal

“Mlynowski captures the voices of real teens straddling the gap between childhood and adult life… Mlynowski's book is summer fun sprinkled with subtly thoughtful moments.” — Booklist

Praise for I See London, I See France: “This endlessly fun and hugely entertaining romp through Europe had me laughing out loud and reaching for my passport.” — — Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Windfall

“Witty with a serious edge, this book encapsulates the wonder, joy, and anxieties that accompany any journey.”
Publishers Weekly

“Must read YA...If you’re in the mood for fun, sass and adorable romance, pick up this fun-filled book.”
USA Today

“A poolside read for the ages.... This lovably screwball YA novel will have readers checking whether their passports are still valid.”
Shelf Awareness

“A ridiculously fun trip through Europe with a protagonist you won’t soon forget.”

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