My Summer Of Kathy

Young Adult - Coming of Age
216 Pages
Reviewed on 04/03/2023
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Author Biography

R.C. Davis is a fiction writer, author and poet living and writing in Iowa. While he grew up in the rolling hills that form the western banks of the Mississippi River, his interests in people, places, and genres are cosmopolitan in scope. R.C’s published works consist of: Short Stories- The Light In The Window (Route 3 Press), Cane Pole Logic (Amber Waves of Grain-Shapato Publishing), Snow Fall On Dead Leaves (Daily Palette-Iowa Writes), Losing My Muse (Wild Musette Journal #1701), Deepwater Metamorphosis (The Writer’s Rooms Press), Summer Corner (The Fourth River) and Blackie (The Years Best Dog Stories-2021, a IPPY Silver Medal winner by Secant Publishing), My Summer Of Kathy (KDP) and Highland Harry-Monster Slayer (KDP) Poetry- Hodgepodge Style (Strange Cage press), Cyclophilac, Tread Mark On Airborne Cloud, I See-Fine, and Don't Have The Sense (Kind Of A Hurricane Press). Under The Eaves and Murdering Boxelder (Sackter House Publications) and recently released: Sunlight On Dew Laden Grass (Cyberwit). R.C. has a passion for music, culture, and dogs. He has backpacked Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the European continent.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Sixteen-year-old Cos McDhai has an average life for an Irish boy growing up in Iowa, but a beautiful girl in a green Pinto changes everything. The summer will remain etched in his mind as the girl, Kathy, pushes his boundaries and makes him fall in love with her. Unfortunately, her wealthy father catches wind of their romance and could cause an early end to their fling. Cos isn’t ready to let go of the happiness he’s found with Kathy, and he’s willing to fight for it, but when the summer ends, their romance may be over as Kathy goes to college and Cos stays in his small hometown. Discover what unfolds in My Summer Of Kathy by R.C. Davis.

R.C. Davis held my interest with the turn of every page! This coming-of-age story is realistic, fun, and sometimes tragic. Each chapter is subtitled with a song that shows up in the chapter and applies to that part of the story. The events of the early 1970s and the scenery Davis describes add to the story's tone, and the characters seem like real people. Cos’s family situation is hinted at throughout, adding depth to his character. Told in the form of a memoir, Davis insists that the book is fictional, but it is still a highly relatable story. My Summer of Kathy would be an excellent selection for mature readers who crave a nostalgic novel or a comfortable coming-of-age book with romance and hints of drama.