Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Pages: Hardcover, 244 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.
I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.
Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever
What a great debut novel from a fellow teacher! I always love when I read a book and the author is a teacher because it lets me know that I can do it too! I was excited to receive this one because I had heard great things about it and knew it would definitely be one to put on my classroom shelf. Kirby’s writing captivates you from the beginning and before you know it you are 30 pages ahead of where you were it seems like five minutes ago. I love books like that.
Anna is dealing with so much as a teenager that some teens can relate to and others are blessed to not have an inkling what it is like to grow up not only without a parent but also with an enormous amount of guilt. The characters in this novel are so wonderfully written that you feel as if you are Anna and even her dad experiencing the ups and downs of everything life throws at them. This is definitely one I will not be able to keep on my shelves (I already have it promised to one when I put it up tomorrow) and love it when I come across books like that.
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IT’S CONTEST TIME!!
For your own copy of this great book, simply leave a comment below telling me one of your favorite beach memories and leave your email address. The contest will close on May 20th at midnight EST and the winner will be notified on May 21!! Good luck everyone!