Words Composed of Sea and Sky by Erica George is a perfect summer read. Blending the contemporary and the historical, the book presents the stories of two young poets told in parallel.
In the present, Michaela Dunn is an aspiring poet who enters a local contest searching for a poet to write the dedication plaque on a statue of hometown hero, Captain Benjamin Churchill, a whaler who died at sea over 100 years ago. While trying to develop a deeper understanding of her town's abiding interest in the legend and lore of Captain Churchill, Michaela discovers the diary of Leta Townshend.
Presuming he is dead, Leta Townshend writes poetry under the name Benjamin Churchill in 1862. When Captain Churchill returns home, Leta is not only surprised, she falls in love with him.
With an authentic-seeming Cape Cod setting, young romance, and the kind of story that demonstrates that the past is always present (and isn't this why people fall in love with "Old Cape Cod" in the first place?), Words Composed of Sea and Sky is a satisfying, engaging, and fun read about finding your voice.
....run, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know.” ― Stephen King