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I liked this book for several reasons. The characters are well developed and the storyline is very much reminiscent of real life. I lost myself in the story, and finished it in less than a day. It really caught my attention, and I couldn't help rooting for Jennifer to get exactly what she wanted. The writing is clean, with only a few typos here and there. This is a very clean book. There are no "adult situations" as far as sex and violence go. There is also no foul language. I would recommend it for any teen girl. I don't think teen boys would like it, since it's told from Jennifer's POV.
I will mention for anyone who is curious, as I am; there are NO vampires! Yeah!! No supernatural. No 'F' words. No sex. However, there is a love/hate relationship between 2 sisters that made me cry.
There is young love, between 2 teens that had the emotional ups and downs that young love usually goes through. The author has a way of making you feel every emotion of her characters. There were secrets, and unveilings. There were a few funny people, and serious ones. There was the beauty of the sea that the author made you feel and see for yourself as if you were right there -- or you would want to be right there.
I have read many, many books in my long life, and this is definitely one of my favorites, and I plan to "pin" it on "Pinterest."
I will close my review by promising you that I do not know, and have never met this author. I am not paid to write reviews, but I enjoy writing good ones when I get a chance.
As she gets to know her aunt, Sarah, and the quaint family next door - super smart, strange children with a fragile mother and no father, and the local characters of fishermen and eccentric old lady, she grows to love the place and its inhabitants more and more. Not to mention her aunt's and next-door-ex-handsome pupil's habit to choose and quote to each other a line of poetry each evening.
Granted, it's an embarrassing thing to do, and the author doesn't pretend otherwise - in fact she seems to love making her characters squirm - it does however give the reader a few choice lines from Tennyson, Emerson, Frost, etc. (you can find the quotes back at the end of the book - my favorite is : "nothing gold can stay").
Jennifer and her best friend Cleo back home "just dont do" stupid stuff like falling in love then getting dumped by boys, but nevertheless Jennifer finds herself intrigued by Nathan - only Nathan has the interpersonal skills of a grizzly bear.
The story never becomes cheesy or predictable. The sea plays an important part in it as the ever-present element in a fishermen's village and intrinsic part of everybody who lives there.
I think this novel is enjoyable both by teens and adults. I preferred it to a good many other YA books of the same "genre". This one stands apart as a one-of-its-kind. Raw emotions are a big part of the story, but it beautifully manages to stay sweet, or bitter-sweet, and never becomes sirupy. If that makes sense.
Jennifer is determined to find her long lost aunt and visit her. Against her mother's wishes, she seeks her out and leaves her family and best friend in Nebraska and travels on her own to the coast of Maine to unite with the only link to her mother's past. Jennifer is determined to discover why her mother lied about her sister and to find the aunt she never knew she had.
This is an absolutely fantastic read that I could not put down. I was drawn in from the start with the emotional roller coaster ride that Jennifer goes on from the time she discovers the picture of her aunt until she finds her and goes to visit. The ride doesn't stop there, it only just begins. The storyline is amazing and flows well from the beginning to the end. This is a multi-faceted story that keeps you riveted. It is a complex jumble of love stories that will bring you to tears. The characters are all complicated and intriguing. The most down to earth seems to be Jennifer's friend, Cleo. She is very level-headed for a sixteen year old. Little, the ninety something year old former actress, who is crotchety and out spoken, will have you in stitches. She is a major player who is a force to be reckoned with. Nathan Moore is an extremely intelligent neighbor of Jennifer's aunt who is in a position that no seventeen year old should be. He is forced to be a son, father, provider, friend, and protector all rolled into one. Along comes Jennifer and he now has one more female to consider. On a journey to discover her mother's true story, Jennifer just might end up finding her own.
If you are a fan of YA literature or just enjoy a wonderful story, you are sure to enjoy this one. It will make you laugh, become angry at times, and cry. You won't want to miss this one. It is a delightful read.
I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.