Gold in the Days of Summer is a lovely coming-of-age novel set in the summer of 1979. Annie, our heroine, is almost thirteen, and in her opinion, too much is changing too fast. She's definitely questioning why can't more things stay the same, stay predictable and familiar and perfect. Her best friend went to camp this summer instead of staying at home, and she has missed her horribly. Her grandmother isn't coming back home from the nursing home. Her house is probably going to have to be sold after all. But more troubling than the fact that her Grandma won't be nearby, that her health isn't what it was just a few years ago, is the fact that Grandma's memory is fading away from her. If her parents and older sister would just be honest with her, then even that might seem like it's going to be okay.
Gold in the Days of Summer is not a depressing novel. Annie might have a lot of emotions to process, but, she's stronger than she thinks. Gold in the Days of Summer is middle grade romance. I enjoyed it very much. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
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