- Paperback: 307 pages
- Publisher: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc. (September 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996864911
- ISBN-13: 978-0996864916
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—Cara Jenkins has traveled the world with her mountaineering parents and her dad's best friend, Max, so it is no surprise that competitive rock climbing is in her genes. At the World Youth Championships in Ecuador, the California teen is shaken to learn that her parents' expedition atop Mount Chimborazo has gone awry and Max is missing. Cara is forced to leave the event for Detroit to stay with her estranged grandparents while her parents search for him. Cara's anxiety about her parents' safety is compounded by the awkwardness of being reacquainted with her grandparents and being the new girl at school. She befriends fellow juniors Kaitlyn and Nick at the goth lunch table in an attempt to fly under the radar, as her face has appeared in several sports magazines. But mysterious notes left in her locker reveal that someone knows who she is and wonders why she has turned her back on the climbing scene. This mystery drives the narrative as new multilayered characters are introduced and a light romance buds, but it is Cara's grandparents who understand what she needs to ultimately gain her footing. The teen's unabashed athleticism is refreshing, and readers will find the rock climbing details authentic and enlightening. VERDICT A hot pick for outdoorsy teens who like relatable characters, with a bit of romance, mystery, and a road trip.—Vicki Reutter, State University of New York at Cortland
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Kristen Lenz really knocked it out of the park with this story. This book is a fantastic story of a young lady that grew up unlike most kids that would be classified as "normal". Cara grew up in a "carefree" setting where she learned to embrace everything nature had to offer. She surroundings seemed to be the envy of most any young teenager. After a life changing event, her world seemed to come crashing down around her. Life as she knew it had ended, she was forced to dropped into an environment that seemed to be a prison sentence. Everything she knew to be normal was taken away and she was forced to live in this "picture book world" that was far and away from what she was used to. Turns out that what seemed to be her prison sentence became an open door to a whole new world. Cara was able to experience a whole new world where her past expediences came in quite handy in order to find her new path in life. This young lady learned a lot about herself, her strengths, her assets, her attitude, her family and most importantly, her new path in life.
Kristin has laid things out very nicely in this book. The settings were presented wonderfully. It was with very little effort to envision the scenes in this story. I fell in love with her references to other authors and their works (Thoreau). I always love books in a Michigan setting. The timeline seemed to flow in a chronological order. The chapters seemed to be an excellent length. This book belongs in every young adult readers collection.
It's not easy "fitting in", but it's very possible and well worth it sometimes.
Thank you Kristin Lenz for sharing this little gem with the world.
You can find your copy of this book at any large book chain store, more than likely most independently owned book store and many libraries. If they don't have it on their shelves, ask them to get it !
I'm sure that they would be glad to get it for you !
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This is one of those books that is so full of emotion and depth it sticks with you long after you finish reading it. Cara is a complex character and the growth that she goes through in the different parts of the book is very real. And the secondary characters are just as full and rich with emotion. Seeing how they interacted together made me root for the different relationships between family and friends. Lenz's writing style pulled me in and made me care about Cara, her new friends, her grandparents and even her parents, although as a parent myself I had a hard time relating to them and their lifestyle.
As a YA novel, I can see how it will appeal to that age group or even upper middle grade. And as an adult with children of my own, I enjoyed reading the thoughts and feelings that the YA age groups deals with on an every day basis.