The First Last DayThe First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If the cover alone doesn’t draw you to this sweet middle-grade book, Haleigh’s story surely will. Haleigh doesn’t do well with change, and as the best summer of her life comes to an end, she spends her last night at the Jersey shore painting a picture of all the fun she and her new best friend Kevin have had over the previous months: building sand structures, making and watching movies together, hanging out with Kevin’s grandmother, G-Mags, and having free-run of the boardwalk. With the oil paint drying on the most perfect picture she’s ever painted, Haleigh wishes summer didn’t have to end. But she never expected her wish would actually come true.

I’m pretty sure none of us have ever experienced a time-loop before, but I’m confident anyone who reads this book will relate to Haleigh’s uncertainty of the future, her desire to keep things as they are, and ultimately her realization that fear shouldn’t keep one from truly living.

I loved this book and hope you will, too.

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