Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
[May 3, 2011]
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.
I adored this book. It was fun yet sad and romantic but heartbreaking and just...so beautiful.
Anna was a fantastic character. Flawed but still likable. Her relationship with her dad was amazing to watch. It was real and honest and just made sense. I just...I loved Anna. And I loved her lifeguard.
The story was beautifully written. I just...I LOVED the writing. I wanted to keep reading and stay in that world of a Forever Summer. Jessi Kirby has some SERIOUS talent.
You've probably heard this before, but this book was SO Sarah Dessen-esque. If you love Dessen's books, you'll love this one. It's just a perfect read for summer and for anytime of year, really. Just...fantastic. So fantastic.