Shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award

Summer of No Regrets is feel-good contemporary fiction for teens and follows friends Hetal, Cam, Sasha and Nell.


The story…

After their exams, four sixteen-year-old best friends pledge to live a summer regret-free, taking risks however much it scares them:

Sasha agrees to spend the holiday in Geneva, with the father she hasn’t seen for six years, but is not expecting his new girlfriend, or the boy in the cafe.

Shy homebody Hetal decides to go to science camp, and finds a new competitive spirit.

After Nell lost her arm in an accident her mother is scared to let her out of the house - so to do what she wants she will have to lie to her parents.

Fostered Cam goes to look for her birth father. What will she find?

As all these choices become difficult they will need each other for the strength to face the future.

  • Summer of No Regrets has been included on The Reading Agency’s ‘Top Ten Volunteer Reads 2019’, as part of The Summer Reading Challenge. Read all the details here

  • Shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award

  • Learn Cardiff course on Young Adult Fiction - ‘This practical writing course examines a range of genres, from the darkness of The Hunger Games to the feel good ‘up lit’ of Kate Mallinder’s Summer of No Regrets.’



'Bucket loads of summer fun in this warm, funny, utterly delightful story about friendship, taking chances, and living life to the full!' Simon James Green

'Books about female friendship are my favourite and Summer of No Regrets is a warm and sunny one. I loved how the girls supported each other through their individual - very different - challenges. A perfect summer read to share with your best friends.' Keris Stainton

'Summer of no Regrets is a complete page turner. Perfect for Jacqueline Wilson fans, it is a summer story about female friendship, growing up and being brave. I loved spending summer with the gang!' Jenny McLachlan

'A wonderful summery, happy-ending story about friendship. I raced though it.' Perdita Cargill

'A great uplifting story, perfect for teen readers.' AM Dassu - read the full review here

'Highly recommended, this is one to dive into for the summer.' Fallen Star Stories - read the full review here

‘Uplifting, heart-wrenching and totally addictive, this is the must-read teen book of 2019.’ Madge Eekal Reviews - read the full review here

‘Wonderfully diverse, sensitively written this is the perfect teen summer read. It really is a breath of fresh air. Both me and my teenage daughter devoured it.’ Book Lover Jo - read the full review here

‘This is the book that i really wish i had when i was fourteen or fifteen. It’s so incredibly fun and has some great characters and references all thrown into a very short and easily digestible book. I urge so many people to pick this up, especially if you love the works of Beth Garrod and Simon James Green.’ The Little Contemporary Corner - read the full review here

‘This entertaining holiday read is bursting with friendship, romance and fun. I especially love the 'seize the day' theme and felt inspired to do the same!’ Zoe James-Williams, South Wales Evening Post

‘Meet Kate Mallinder’s debut novel, Summer of No Regrets, AKA your new summer need-to-read … a tale of friendship, bravery and hope. I read it in a single day!’ Midnight Book Girl - read the full review here

‘What I really loved about this story, is the overflowing feeling of warmth and true friendship … I would say this is one of the best examples of multiple narratives I've read recently, especially as the four girls are so closely intertwined in each other's lives.’ Serendipity Reviews - read the full review here

‘A lovely warm and sunny read perfect for the summer holidays… Cleverly split by chapters into four character’s stories that are brilliantly jigsawed together, this book has so very much to offer. There are moments of pure hilarity and also poignant, thoughtful threads.’ Kate Poels, BBC Berkshire


Where to find Summer of No Regrets…

Click on the links below to order:


Or pop into your local bookshop and order it there. You’ll probably have a natter and come out with a couple of unintentional books, but that’s the joy of bookshops.

There’s also the library - go in and ask.


And hey, look at this cool book trailer. I just love the music!