The Summer List

The Summer List

Named a Best Book of Summer 2018 by PopSugar, Coastal Living, Family Circle, and The Globe & Mail

A tender yet tantalizing novel about two friends, the summer night they fell apart, and the scavenger hunt that reunites them decades later—until the clues expose a breathtaking secret that just might shatter them once and for all.


Laura and Casey were once inseparable: as they floated on their backs in the sunlit lake, as they dreamed about the future under starry skies, and as they teamed up for the wild scavenger hunts in their small California lakeside town. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. With a twist: this time, the list of clues leads to the settings of their most cherished summer memories. From glistening Jade Cove to the vintage skating rink, each step they take becomes a bittersweet reminder of the friendship they once shared. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart…

Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List is about losing and recapturing the person who understands you best—and the unbreakable bonds of girlhood.

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About Amy Mason Doan

Amy lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, daughter, and rescue tabby. She grew up in California, but as a girl she visited the Oregon Shakespeare Fest with her grandparents every year, and she now considers both states home.


    The Summer List Reviews

  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    *3.5 Stars* - rounded up because the first half of this book was everything!A touching story of friendship…THE SUMMER LIST had me divided. The first half was a solid five-star read, one I could not ...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    3.5 StarsNorma and I read The Summer List with two of our Traveling Sisters and two more joined us in our discussion. We all started off very comfortable in our lush coulee looking over our calm and i...

  • Berit???

    4.5 Summertime Stars☀ 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5What a beautiful story about the bonds of friendship... this book brilliantly brought you back in time to the lazy days of summer in your teens... when all I...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4.5 BFF stars to The Summer List! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5The Summer List was hugely relatable to me from the start. I am sure many of us have stories about a childhood friend, maybe even about a lost friend...

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    A poignant story about the bonds of friendship, betrayal, secrets and second chances. Laura and Casey met the summer before 9th grade and became inseparable. The beginning of the book chronicles thei...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    3.5 Stars rounded up!THE SUMMER LIST by AMY MASON DOAN is an interesting, charming and heartwarming story about the friendship between two childhood friends who had a falling out and then come togethe...

  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)

    5 Stars!Thank you to Kathleen Carter and Harlequin books for my advanced copy of this book! I was looking for a good summer read and this one came at the right time!Laura and Casey are best friends. T...

  • Debra

    “I wanted to ask her if she felt like I did, if the years when we’d been friends still seemed more important than anything that had happened since.”The Summer list is a sweet and endearing tale ...

  • Kendall

    What a sweet and beautiful story about the amazing bond between two women. I loved how the author so beautifully portrays how a friendship can drift apart from two people and somehow you connect again...

  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:I had a journal my dad gave me when I was seven, a puffy pink thing with A Girl’s First Diary on the cover in gold script. I hid it inside a hollowed-out copy of Silas Marner on my b...