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The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me

The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me

A Novel

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Deserted by her mother and raised by her whiskey-drinking, gun-shooting father, Haley Ellyson hides two explosive secrets that both empower her and threaten to undermine everything she cherishes. Having already broken the heart of every boy in Houser Banks, Mississippi, Haley is engaged in a dangerous flirtation with her father's best friend when Fletcher Greel, the judge's son, comes home for the summer, fresh out of a New England prep school. Fletcher's friend Riley is in love with Crystal, a blues-singing black girl, and Fletcher falls instantly for Haley. The four soon become inseparable, but as summer wanes, local disapproval of Riley and Crystal's romance takes violent turns, and Haley's secrets surface to devastating results.
A pitch-perfect first novel rich with unforgettable characters, mesmerizing prose, and smoldering sexual tension, The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me captures the exhilaration of first love and the consequences of rebellion in a place resistant to change.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743223041 | 
  • August 2003
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Chapter 1: Haley

Sometimes you can't say no to someone. I sit upright in bed in the middle of the night thinking this. It must have been a dream that made me do it, and when I lie back down I have to work to steady my breath. Outside there's the dull thud of an oak branch beating against the house in breeze. Thick, fogged light comes through my window, and if I squint, it looks like the leaves are floating ghosts. My digital reads 4:15.

The thought of Bo Dickens wakes me up like this some nights. During the day he is on my mind all the time, when I am driving to school or standing at Elsa's store with Daddy, eating lunch with... see more

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