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Young Adult Fiction Coming Of Age

The Summer Between Us

by (author) Andre Fenton

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Coming of Age, Contemporary, Eating Disorders & Body Image
Recommended Age
13 to 18
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $27.99 USD

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"An empowering journey of self-actualization and a look at the intimate bonds that shape a person." — Kirkus Reviews
This coming-of-age story follows eighteen-year-old Adrian Carter as he graduates from high school and confronts difficult decisions about his future, all while dealing with the stress and pressure he feels to please those closest to him. As Adrian navigates the emotional highs and lows of the summer between graduation and the post-secondary future, he negotiates the difficulties of forging a path in life against others’ expectations.

Despite his wish to follow his longtime girlfriend Mel on her cross-country trip with her band, Adrian is hesitant about spending too much time in the punk’s scenes majority-white spaces. Adrian struggles with these feelings and works to find common ground with his emotionally distant father. Meanwhile he starts to understand that his own passion is grounded in a desire to support a community he’s forged on his own.

Dealing with important themes (a desire for independence, identity, first love, familial tensions) from the nuanced perspective of a biracial teen, this story tackles key contemporary social issues. Class differences, colourism in the Black community and the structural barriers limiting access to post-secondary education for Black youth are all embedded in Andre Fenton’s readable narrative.

About the author

ANDRE FENTON is an award-winning author, spoken word artist and arts educator. He has represented Halifax at seven national poetry festivals across Canada and has written three novels: Worthy of Love (2018), Annaka (2020) and The Summer Between Us (2022). Andre’s work focuses on race, self-esteem and creating more representation and diversity in young adult fiction. Andre’s most recent novel is The Summer Between Us. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

"...don’t be fooled into thinking you’re too old to read Fenton’s work. The kids he casts in amber across the pages of The Summer Between Us are dealing with serious stuff, the likes of which it takes most of us well into adulthood to figure out...questions of identity, fidelity and how to stay true to yourself without disappointing those you love."

The Coast

"At its core, The Summer Between Us is a fresh coming-of-age novel that uses the summer between high school and university as a microcosm for character development...through such reflective moments, Fenton effectively navigates a variety of hard topics and pressing issues, all within an engaging story of love, loss and the excitement of possibility."

Atlantic Books Today

The Summer Between Us is a triumph of storytelling. A window into the contemporary lives of teens of colour as they embark on uncertain futures in a world filled with discrimination and judgement, this novel is stunning, truthful and wise. Crackling dialogue, crisp, poetic language and engaging, memorable three-dimensional characters that readers will root for from the beginning, Fenton the poet has not just written a novel, but created a world we believe in.


Family relations, young love, mental health, systemic racism, heartbreak, hardship and endurance, in an aching, tender story; it is all here. Adrian, the protagonist will stay in hearts of readers as will the chant, “Black, Brown and Infamous.” Above all else, this book is a spark of hope on the cusp of tomorrows to come. Fenton asks us, simply, to live the words Mel sings. “Show me healing/Show me love/Take me as I am.” Simple, yes, but profound truth. I look forward to selling this book in my shop to teens and adults and reading Fenton's next novel. I found it hard to leave these characters for this is exactly the kind of book I never want to end.


Author and Bookseller



In The Summer Between Us, Andre Fenton, once again, graciously draws readers into the lives of such tangible and vibrant characters. With palpable empathy and a profound understanding of the complexities of relationship dynamics, Fenton invites us into the protagonist, Adrian Carter's, interior world as he navigates race and racism, desire, belonging, community, and family tensions. A moving and victorious coming of age story, The Summer Between Us is vivid with hope and the excitement of possibilities.



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An empowering journey of self-actualization and a look at the intimate bonds that shape a person.

Kirkus Reviews


The Summer Between Us captures the possibilities and pressures of that liminal period between high school and adulthood with aching authenticity, and it also reads as a joyfully rebellious love letter to racialized teenagers finding their way and taking up space in a world not built for them. Andre Fenton's compassion for his characters — and his readers — radiates from every page. It's impossible not to root for Adrian and Mel.


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