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At age seven, Anna watched her mother walk into the surf and drown, but nine years later, when she moves with her father to the beach where her parents fell in love, she joins the cross-country team, makes new friends, and faces her guilt.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2011.
ISBN: 9781442416949
Call Number: KIRBY
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Beaches -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Guilt -- Fiction.
Suicide -- Fiction.
California -- Fiction.


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Dec 16, 2013

The author attempts to tackle a really difficult subject, what happens when you're left behind because your mother committed suicide. It does a decent enough job skimming over the tough parts, and is an easy read, relatively speaking.

mboros14 Apr 08, 2013

Overall a decently entertaining, light read. Anna entertained me when she wasn't moping about her dead mother, I enjoyed her schemes to flirt with the lifeguards. The plot, though, was not very original and totally predictable, also, the "climax" seemed kind of lame. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a visually appealing, fluffy romance, getting-over-a-dead-relative beach book, this is the novel for you!

Blue_Cat_692 Jul 07, 2012

its an ok book hence the 2.5 stars. i just couldn't get into it. didn't capture my attention. not very well written. didn't pick up the pace at all. i would say that 2.5 stars is generous considering it was painful to finish this book.

Jul 01, 2012

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The bottom line: This is a pretty cute and short book, although the ending is quite awkward. Read if you're looking for a short beach read and like authors like Susane Colosanti, Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, etc. NOT a heavy book.

Jan 04, 2012

Pretty good. Kept me somewhat interested. It's like a Sarah Dessen book.


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Jul 02, 2012

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Jul 02, 2012

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.


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Jul 02, 2012

“Sometimes...a person is up against more than they can handle. And sometimes a person loses, no matter what they're fighting for.”


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