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2.62 out of 52.62 out of 52.62 out of 52.62 out of 52.62 out of 5 2.62 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maureen Daly Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781470803681
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A summer to remember…

Angie always thought high school romances were just silly infatuations that come and go. She certainly never thought she would fall in love over one short summer. But then she sees Jack Duluth’s crew cut peek out over a booth in McKnight’s drugstore, and their connection is beyond any childish crush. Suddenly, Angie and Jack are filling their summer with stolen moments and romantic nights. But as fall grows closer, they must figure out if their love is forever or just a summer they’ll never forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An utterly enchanting book.”

    New York Times

  • “Perennially popular.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The quintessential romance.”

    Booklist

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eve | 2/19/2014

    " I wish I'm a teenager when I read this "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline Wells | 2/15/2014

    " THIS WAS HORRIBLE. I really did not enjoy this book at all. It's not because it was boring in the beginning, and I stopped, Because I didn't. It's not because I had high expectations to begin with, Because I did. It's because this book is so old, my mom could have read it when she was in the fourth grade and you can defintly tell. DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY. love, Caroline "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/12/2014

    " Teen romance written in the 1940's. It was hard for me to get into at first, mainly because the characters are very old fashioned, and one dimensional. The mom stays home, cooks & cleans, takes a nap everyday. The dad leaves and works and expects a drink when he gets home. The sister is going to college to meet a man. Angie - the main character - is young, quiet, doesn't think she's pretty and crushes on the town jock. But in the end, the beautiful descriptions of the summer and the town and Angie's feelings over the course of the Summer courtship is what kept me reading. The ending left a little to be desired, I wish I knew what happened to Maureen and if Angie and Jack stayed in touch, but I ended up really liking the slow, simpler feel of this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kami | 2/9/2014

    " blahhh.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Stewart | 2/1/2014

    " I really planned on liking this book, especially when I read the reviews that it was an old-fashioned love story--but it just drove me crazy. She described every single tiny detail of the setting for every scene--although it usually had nothing to do with what happened. It was like she wanted to write a nature book, so she threw together a disjointed and pretty unremarkable love story so she could. I finished it but it was because I kept hoping it would get better and never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/30/2014

    " Despite the evocative writing I found this book a tab bit dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 1/29/2014

    " Seventeenth Summer is a classic "summer love" tale of a girl named Angie who meets Jack, a nice young boy who falls for her. The spend the summer at the lake, sailing, and enjoying their time together before Angie has to leave for college in teh fall. The book sometimes seems to focus more on the nature and surrondings more than the actual plot. I would reccomend this book for 6th graders and up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin Green | 1/17/2014

    " A friend recommended this book to me as a perfect summer read. It's about a 17 year old girl's summer at home before college. She is dating the cutest and most eligible "boy" in town. It's set (and written) in the late 1950's which gave me a lot of perspective on how the courtship process was back then. It was unsatisfying in many ways but honestly, I read it in a few days because of the likely story: what-happens-next! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 *victoria* | 1/2/2014

    " It was really boring and kinda confusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zenaida medina | 11/19/2013

    " omg this book was okay nice but i didnt injoy it just read it to get it over with "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edy | 10/5/2013

    " Although the novel is somewhat dated, it captures the marvelous feelings that Angie has during the summer of her 17th year. The themes include love, maturation, and frustration "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vina | 9/23/2013

    " A librarian gave this too me.... and kept on asking me about the book, so I HAD to read it for her....Well it took forever to read, it was boring.. I cant remember the end, but there was something good about it, it was a pleasant story.. though a lot about drugs, and Beer though.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 7/29/2013

    " I actually read this as a teenager and now as a middle-aged woman, I was surprised that its setting wasn't the 50s but actually 1942. No mention of World War II, but definitely suggestive of an earlier and slower time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea Bunton | 6/8/2013

    " My papa gave me this book when I was seventeen. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 2/15/2013

    " This was my mother's all-time favorite book as a teenager; a few years ago I gave her an autographed copy. I've always liked it, even though it seems really dated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salina | 10/8/2012

    " This book started off a little slow but I loved how sweet and innocent everything was. It sounded like the most lovely summer. The author did an incredible job of describing the scenery. I did enjoy it but it made me a little sad. I felt so sorry for Jack. But it also left me with a sense of hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/5/2012

    " Wrttn 1942, a grl's 1st datg exp bfr coll, her feelgs, a true glimps into late '30's mores of md clss. Were we evr that sweet & innocnt?? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meg | 12/30/2011

    " I kept expecting it to get really good but it never had a climax. I was dissapointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 10/21/2011

    " Ok to read if your bored. Dont expect something great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eve | 6/20/2011

    " I wish I'm a teenager when I read this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/6/2011

    " This was a really good book. I really enjoyed staying up until like 2 reading it because I just couldn't stop. There were so many ups and downs in this book its amazing. The only thing I wish it had was a squeal or a better ending. It just stops, and I want to know what happens!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/2/2011

    " Very charming. I kept humming the theme to "Summer of '42" while I was reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 5/27/2011

    " Like a quiet, boring, summer afternoon. . . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 4/2/2011

    " One of the best books I have read, thanks to the advice of my mom. I have read this book three times and love it each time. I found that I could relate to the experiences of first love and the changes that come as you grow up. Love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 3/19/2011

    " I thought this book was really sweet. I liked how nice Jack was. I did not like Magaret's boyfriend though. You could tell he didn't really care about her. I thought it was cool how this book was written in 1942 but is written like in modern day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Regina | 2/27/2011

    " A lot of flourish...but no story. "

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About the Author

Maureen Daly (1921–2006), still in college when she wrote Seventeenth Summer, recaptured with extraordinary freshness and sensitivity an experience that because of its very nature no older author could touch. Seventeenth Summer was chosen unanimously as the first winner of the Intercollegiate Literacy Fellowship.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.