Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 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.
Review: I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like this book but I read some good reviews about it and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. So here we go... I found it so hard sometimes reading about Anna dealing with the pain of her mom not being there and all she didn't know about her death. I completely understood when she would flip out on her dad because she was learning things about her mom from other people when it should have been from her dad. You could tell how much it hurt Anna sometimes to talk about her mom or even think about her, I mean sometimes she just broke down and cried. She was also hurt by the fact that people claimed her moms death was an accident and treated it as such when she knew the truth. I wanted to know more about the darkness her mom was fighting though. I enjoyed the end when Anna and her dad finally talk about it and learns the truth about everything.
I also enjoy hearing about a certain boy named Tyler. He was such a gentleman! He was so sweet and caring! Lets see, Ashley; I cant figure out why she was always so happy. I didn't get it. How can someone be that happy and peppy for that long? Jillian, I loved how she and Anna seemed to bond and get closer throughout the book.
Overall I enjoyed the book, but I felt like there should have been more details that would have answered questions and would have enhanced the book. But overall it was good.
3 1/2 Stars!