I was so impressed by Laura Silverman’s debut novel, Girl out of Water. I personally want to thank her for giving us a super GORGEOUS love interest that is both a person of color and has a physical handicap. There is not NEARLY enough of that kind of representation in literature yet, though we’re definitely making progress. This book is also just fantastic. Silverman tackles BIG issues in this book while still maintaining a genuine YA tone and giving us an AMAZING cast of characters. This book is definitely one to watch in 2017, and Silverman is destined to become a major name in YA contemporary fiction after this!
Wine Pairing: I recommend a Barefoot Pinot Grigio to pair with this beachy novel that will make you wish you were barefoot on a beach in Santa Cruz yourself.
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 for 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
To be published by Sourcefire Books on May 2, 2017
I will post my full review for this wonderful book closer to its release date.