Amazon page: Grounded, logical Mia is trying to cope with a summer that hasn't been what she expected. Her vacation in New York's tony Hamptons with her extended family was supposed to be about spending time with her firecracker cousin Corinne and her sympathetic aunt as relief from her mother's criticism and her parents' fights about money and status. But quickly the bubble bursts: her aunt is tense and preoccupied while jaded Corinne is more interested in drinking and her cool friends. Adrift, Mia can't help wanting to be part of Corinne's circle, even though she doesn't like these girls. Struggling to remain true to herself, she strikes up a friendship with Simon, the boy next door. Through late-night walks on the beach, the teens become more than friends. A skinny dip after a storm brutally ends Mia's summer—but not the growth she's achieved.Here's a quick bit from the book's
The images painted in the pages of this book leave you breathless. I will say that I was cruisin' along through this book, hoping that Mia would find her own path. That she would not be so susceptable to the acceptance of her cousins and their crew. I was glad to see that happening and was loving her development as a character. She was falling in love with Simon, things looked so grand. Then BLAM! I'm not going to tell you the ending, but it really wracked me. It's tough to have something fraught with tragedy, yet have it remain beautiful and tender. I think Ms. Howells succeeds in this.
My favorite lines (because I can't pick just one) are: "I tried not to stare nor feel envious of their sun-kissed bodies, but when you see people like my cousins, no matter what your body type, you end up feeling squashy as a marshmallow and covered with hair, even if you've just gotten a bikini and leg wax." This one for the image alone. "Corinne and Beth lay like tiny dolls way off on the dunes, but I averted my eyes and picked up my pace." And this one for it's sheer honesty. "There's no complete truth. There's only the way you see it, the way you remember it."