GIRL OUT OF WATER by Laura Silverman

GIRL OUT OF WATER

Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Silverman’s debut offers several takes on a good question: “Why do so many people equate growing up with leaving?”

Unlike her mother, who enters and exits her life at whim, white, 17-year-old Anise has lived—and surfed—in Santa Cruz her whole life. Her easygoing father and a diverse group of friends provide stability—especially Eric, her white best friend, who’s turning into something more. As the friends plan their last summer together before college, Anise’s plans are shattered. Her aunt has been in a car accident, and Anise and her dad will be spending the summer in Nebraska caring for her aunt and high-spirited cousins. Anise’s reluctance to leave, rooted in worries of forgetting home and being forgotten, will resonate with readers who’ve ever been homesick. While babysitting her cousins, she meets Lincoln, a black, smart, handsome, witty one-armed skateboarder whose personality quirks are rattled off in lists rather than revealed through interactions. As Anise trades surfing for skating, she gradually matures, feeling a responsibility to her cousins and sympathy for her aunt and father. Nomadic, nature-obsessed Lincoln, whose only flaws seem to be a messy glove compartment and an inability to sing, is an ever patient teacher, showing Anise how to adapt to new places and call them home.

A quick summer read to reassure teens who worry about college or blooming where they’re planted. (Romance. 14-18)

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4926-4686-0
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2017




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