From Publishers Weekly
The looming specter of Beach Week—the traditional weeklong party held by recent high school graduates—drives the anxieties and recklessness of the characters in Coll's middling comedy. Despite their parents' close involvement, a group of girls from the D.C. suburbs proceed with their plans for debauchery at a Delaware rental house. Rudderless housewife Leah Adler and her increasingly distant husband, Charles, have not decided whether to let their daughter, Jordan, go, yet Leah becomes involved in the parental bureaucracy and controversy, and soon pins her hopes on being a chaperone. Jordan, meanwhile, falls into a mostly one-sided relationship with Khalid, a handsome college student who appears only marginally interested. Meanwhile, Noah, the owner of the girls' rented beach house, battles his increasingly odd inner world in an attempt to stay connected with his young son. Though well-written and occasionally incisive in its depiction of Facebook-era rites of passage, the novel contains few surprises, and the hurdles are both expected and easily overcome. (June)
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You’ve heard of a tempest in a teapot? Coll’s novel is a tempest in a sand pail. Well-heeled teens from a ritzy D.C. suburb spend the last week of senior year at the shore. Simple right? Not a chance! Parents plan for correctness and rules. Kids consider what controlled substances to bring. Leah and Charles, parents of Jordan, are new to the area and its rituals. Jordan, a senior, is set apart by a concussion from a soccer game. Injury and recovery have matured her in ways her parents have yet to understand. A shabby beach house with a bad smell somewhat ameliorated by the smell of pot, the Peeping Tom owner (who acquired the house in a divorce settlement), and Jordan’s father as a chaperone playing beer pong with another father are only the beginning of the beach week’s challenges and festivities. When the police arrive, they find riotous behavior, marathon drinking and drugs, and someone walking a lobster on a leash. Coll offers a true beach read: no social commentary, all romp. --Danise Hoover