Book Review: Watercolor Summer by Nan Corbitt Allen


Watercolor Summer

Written by: Nan Corbitt Allen

Pages: 208

Release Date: May 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1935265672

About this Book (as taken from the Allen House Productions website)

In the summer of 1969, Kathleen’s thirteenth year, her mother drags her to yet another artist colony on the beaches of Northwest Florida. There, Kat’s feelings of isolation and hopelessness, spawned by her parents’ estrangement, develop into a selfish rage . Malcolm, a mentally-challenged boy who lives at the artist colony, tries to befriend Kat, but his very presence annoys her to her core. Though it takes a long and difficult summer for Kat to see it, Malcolm and his colorful guardian, Jeanette, are the examples of true and selfless love. The canvas of Kat’s life, first stained by pain and trial and now touched by love, begins to transform into a masterpiece.

My Thoughts

It’s the summer of 1969 and 13 year old Kathleen is unwillingly along with her mother at an artists colony on the beaches of Northern Florida. She’s generally unhappy, feeling isolated, hopeless, and unwanted.

Kathleen, who feels unwanted by her own family, has little understanding of true love. She meets Malcom, a mentally-challenged boy, who she absolutely cannot stand. However, as the summer winds on, things begin to change for Kathleen. This boy, who at first annoyed her to the core, begins to teach her an important life lesson. The love he and his caregiver share is unlike anything Kathleen has seen or known before.

Each and every character within this book is very well-portrayed. I felt like I truly knew each person. Their feelings and emotions tugged at me, drawing me further into their story. The author has a gift for description. I could picture vividly almost everything that she wrote.

This was such a wonderful story. If you’re looking for a book that you absolutely will not be able to put down, then check out Watercolor Summer by Nan Corbitt Allen.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. I was provided with a copy of the book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.