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The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

When I come across a book about spicy summer flings that fail and end up being true love, I can't turn them down. Given that I've never had a fling, summer or otherwise, and never intend to, it's fun to live vicariously through the characters like Cassie and Tate in The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy for a little while. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)

Now that I have, I'm here to answer some of the questions I anticipate readers like yourself will have about the book. I'm also going to provide you with five recommendations for books like The Summer Girl for those of you looking for something like it to jump into next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy

What Is the Book The Summer Girl About?

The Summer Girl is a summer fling, small beach town romance about Tate Bartlett and Cassandra (Cassie) Soul. Cassie has returned to Avalon Bay to spend the summer with her grandmother, the former owner of The Beacon Hotel. While she's in town, she wants to throw herself into a spicy summer fling with a hot guy. Who better to fill that role than Tate Bartlett, Avalon Bay's notorious fuckboy, whose still oddly loved by everyone in town despite his antics. When the two met, the chemistry and attraction is instantaneous. However, Tate is hesitant to agree to Cassie's proposal to be her summer fling. Can it really be just a fling? Or will the two end up falling for one another?

Is The Summer Girl Part of a Series? Can It Be Read as a Standalone?

Avalon Bay Series in Order

Yes - The Summer Girl is part of a series, however, it can easily be read as a standalone. If you wish to read the Avalon Bay series in order though, here is the official order of the books:

  1. Good Girl Complex - Mackenzie and Cooper

  2. Bad Girl Reputation - Genevieve and Evan

  3. The Summer Girl - Cassie and Tate

How Long Does It Take to Read The Summer Girl?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 16 minutes to read The Summer Girl.

Is The Summer Girl Spicy?

Yes - The Summer Girl is a spicy book! The spicy chapters are chapters 16, 18, and 22.

How Old are Cassie and Tate?

In The Summer Girl, Cassie Soul is 20 years old and Tate Bartlett is 23 years old. That means there is a three-year age gap between the two.

Does The Summer Girl Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - The Summer Girl does have a happy ending! After discovering that their parents had an affair over a decade ago that resulted in a pregnancy and miscarriage, Tate breaks up with Cassie. He explains he loves her, but his mother tells him it would be hard for her to see Cassie and be reminded of Tate's father's infidelity. Cassie then returns to Boston and Tate goes sailing to New Zealand.

Over Thanksgiving though, Cassie runs into Tate's mom back in Avalon Bay. Tate's mom tells Cassie how much Tate misses her and that asking them to stay apart was a mistake. A week later, Cassie flies to New Zealand and reunites with Tate.

5 Books Like The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy

Are you looking for a book like The Summer Girl to read next? If so, here are my top five recommendations of similar books with either the neighbors-to-lovers, summer fling, or small-town romance trope.

The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther

1. The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther

Like The Summer Girl, K.L. Walther's book, The Summer of Broken Rules, is about a summer romance that takes place in a small town. If you take a look at the description, you'll notice that it's similar in quite a few ways but also different enough to still be new and interesting: Meredith Fox has been going to Martha's Vineyard for the summer as long as she can remember. This summer isn't like every other though. Not only has she recently lost her sister, but she was also dumped by her boyfriend. Now, on the weekend of her cousin's wedding, she forms an alliance with a cute groomsman for a family game of Assassin. She's determined not to let herself get lost in another doomed relationship and yet she can't help falling for him as the wedding week progresses.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

At the beginning of The Summer Girl, Cassie is looking for a summer fling who can introduce her to passion and sex. The same type of thing goes for Chloe in Get a Life, Chloe Brown. If you haven't heard of the book, here's a brief description: "Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with six directives to help her "get a life": enjoy a drunken night out, ride a motorcycle, go camping, travel the world, have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex, and do something bad. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job. Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten thousand Hollywood heartthrobs."

Beach Read by Emily Henry

3. Beach Read by Emily Henry

If it's the neighbors-to-lovers trope you loved about The Summer Girl, and you want to read another book with that trope, then you'll find Beach Read by Emily Henry has that in common. With a rating of 4.04 out of 5 stars and over 700,000 reviews on Goodreads, this bestselling romance is about two authors, Augustus and January, who are polar opposites. As the description explains, "For the next three months, the two are living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block. Then, one evening, they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. They'll each finish a book and no one will fall in love - or at least, that's the plan."

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

4. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

The Summer Girl and On Dublin Street are both neighbors-to-lovers romances, and yet, the vibe of Samantha Young's book is less light-hearted and more mysterious. Personally, I think this will help keep things fresh and interesting for you. Here's a short description of On Dublin Street for those who haven't heard of it before: "Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland. Her solitary life is working - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core. Braden is used to getting what he wants, and he's determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached."

Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

5. Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

Besides the summer romance in a small-town trope, Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey and The Summer Girl are actually quite different. Still, both books gave me the same feeling. They're easy light-hearted books with a bit of spice. The kind you'd want to read on the beach or by the pool. If you have yet to read this book, here's a summary of what it's about: "Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at 14 after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his family’s winery. Now the prodigal hottie has returned to Napa Valley, and when Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if she'll finally get that smooch. But the starchy professor isn’t the teenager she remembers and their polar opposite personalities clash in the best way."


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