First Line Friday Spotlight: The Summer We Turned Thirteen by Kayla Maria

Hello Readers! We’ve made it through another week, to another First Line Friday! Today I have the honor spotlighting The Summer We Turned Thirteen by new indie author Kayla Maria.

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The First Line:

“James, come on, sweetie; you can’t hide in the car forever.”

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52060702. sy475 About the Book

Title: The Summer We Turned Thirteen

Author: Kayla Maria

Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age

Synopsis: Harlee Ramirez and James Whitmire have been best friends since they were nine years old. Harlee is bold and brazen, while James is shy and reserved. In some cases, such opposite personalities may repel, but not in theirs. Their differences make the dynamic of their friendship special. So special, Harlee always believed they were untouchable, unbreakable, and that no one could come between them. But the month before Harlee and James’ thirteenth birthdays, James proves otherwise. When he ends their friendship, without even giving Harlee so much as an explanation. Harlee is hurt, confused, and angry, that James could just throw their friendship away like that. Regardless, Harlee is relentless and not willing to take this lying down. She will do anything it takes to win back her best friend. But as she does, she begins to wonder if their friendship is even worth saving or if growing up really does mean growing apart.

Available on Amazon


About the Author

Kayla Maria is a twenty-one-year-old author that loves creating inspiring and relatable content for the youth. The Summer We Turned Thirteen is her first published project, first published on Wattpad where it amassed 14k reads. She aspires not only to entertain with her writing but also to uplift, encourage, and inspire readers to discover themselves and make the world a better place.

Alongside story writing, Kayla spends her time songwriting and running a female empowerment club called The Strong Girls Club on Wattpad.

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First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!     

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To all my YA-reading fanatics out there, I hope you will check out The Summer We Turned Thirteen! This book promises to be engaging and uplifting. Because I just can’t help myself, here are a few more quotes from the book that the author shared with me:


Until the next chapter,


10 thoughts on “First Line Friday Spotlight: The Summer We Turned Thirteen by Kayla Maria

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  1. Happy Friday! 🙂
    I’m currently reading Dead End by Nancy Mehl. I’m halfway through and I’m loving it so much. I’m on chapter 23, so I’ll share from there:
    “Before Noah and Kaely left the restaurant, Noah called Chief Sawyer and told him about the note given to Kenny.”
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 😊❤📖

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Young Adult is one of my favorite genres, so I will definitely have to check this one out.

    My first line this week is from The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson:

    “Dillon Michaels was fed up-but it wasn’t with dinner.”

    Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

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  3. My book this week is Dead End by Nancy Mehl
    Chief of Police Everett Sawyer stood over the body they’d just dug up in the old rail yard north of the city.

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from “A Latte Difficulty” by Angela Ruth Strong:

    “Black is a good color for coffee, not bridesmaid dresses.”

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  5. Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring A Love Most Worthy by Sandra Ardoin. Here, I will share my current read from the Seven Brides of South Dakota Series by Kari Trumbo. This is from Book 1, Dreams in Deadwood. The first line in Chapter 7—which is where I’m currently at—is “Boom drove Aiden to the outskirts of Deadwood, then bypassed the town and went around to a small area with what seemed like endless rows of tiny decrepit homes.” Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Never heard of this one before but sounds intriguing.

    Today on my blog I shared the first line from Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese but I just started reading The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel so I’ll share the first line from chapter 3 here: “Few places reminded her more of Brent than the Saturday-morning farmers market.” Hope you have a great weekend with some quality reading time 🙂

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