Rating – 3/5
“Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring or her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?”
This isn’t a bad book – I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. It’s your stereotypical summer contemporary which I always enjoy but it takes a lot for me to really adore a contemporary as they are all so similar. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters – I didn’t hate them, I just felt rather indifferent towards them. I found Anise to be rather irritating as she constantly moaned about wanting to be back at home and it became quite repetitive. I did enjoy the surfing and skateboarding aspect of the book as they are two sports that I think are really cool.
This was by no means a bad book, I just found it to be quite similar to other contemporaries that I have read. I would recommend reading it if you are after a quick, summer read!