A big thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book to review.

*Publication Date: 16th July 2020*

The blurb from the back of the book:

Unsuspecting boy. Big-hearted girl. Small-minded town. Invincible summer.

Summer, 1955. Calls for equality are sweeping America, but sixteen-year-old Ethan Harper is about to discover just how deep the roots of racism run. When mixed-race Ethan is sent to stay with his white uncle and aunt in Ellison, Alabama, he soon discovers that the only thing smaller than the town itself are the minds of its inhabitants.

Except for Juniper Jones – resident artist, oddball and self-proclaimed free spirit. Ignoring the tide of prejudice and disapproval that follows Ethan, Juniper enlists him as her sidekick in her quest for an unforgettable summer. Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, the pair set out to find their place in a town that’s set on rejecting them. Along the way, they will find hope, friendship – and maybe something more . . .


I didn’t 100% know what this book was about until I read it. I won’t lie because I found at times this book was hard to read.

Initially, it is about racism. It is such an important story.

It is set in the summer of 1955, when Ethan is sent to live with his aunt and uncle.

Ellison is a racist town and coloured people are not welcome. They don’t let Ethan forget it.

Then Ethan meets Juniper. They plan an invincible summer and for a time Ethan forgets about what is going on in town and instead is immersed into his plans with June.

Until it all comes crashing down around him.

Ethan had never been told of his roots. His father just never knew how hard it was for a person of colour. During the course of this story, Ethan figures it out and Juniper does her best to help him.

This story made me cry, and it made me laugh. I couldn’t put it down.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️