The Thirteenth Summer

Gabriella Sköldenberg

Original Title
Trettonde sommaren
Published
Natur & Kultur, May 2018
Genre
Young adult
Pages
200
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The Thirteenth Summer

Gabriella Sköldenberg

Cousins Angelica and Sandra are born on the same day and inseparable, during the summers. Which they always spend at grandpa’s on the countryside. Together with Rut, grandpa’s neighbor, who bakes cinnamon buns almost every single day.
On the thirteenth summer, things change, and Sandra, who’s always been the wild and untamable one, is suddenly quiet, neat and kind. But what does that make Angelica, who’s always been praised for being kind and calm? And how far is Angelica willing to go to be Sandra’s friend? Sandra pushes the boundaries by challenging Angelica to prove her friendship, and eventually the disaster is a fact.

In a lush-green summer idyll, a suggestive and frightening story of suffocating, immersive friendship unfolds. Under the quiet surface, a drama of life and death takes place, a game always on the verge of getting out of control. It’s a story about being drawn to the dangerous, about not being the nice girl anymore, about shame and excitement. About going from child to teenager.
Gabriella Sköldenberg makes her fiction debut with the YA novel The Thirteenth Summer. She works as a freelance writer.

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