Title: Girl Out of Water
Author: Laura Silverman
Publication Date: May 2017
Two Sentence Synopsis: Surfer-girl Anise looks forward to spending the summer with her friends before some of them leave for college. A family emergency forces her to spend that time in Nebraska instead, taking her from everything she loves.
Review: Anyone who has finished high school and parted ways with friends to embark on post-secondary education will definitely understand how The main character Anise feels. The anxiety of your friends continuing to live their lives without you, having fun and hanging out. Not knowing what to say or how to reach out. Although Anise tries to make the best of it by taking care of her young cousins and ends up making a new friend, you can definitely feel her longing to be back home, spending one last summer with her friends.
That being said, I wasn’t overly compelled by the story. There’s a predictable love triangle – something I’m really bored with in YA lit. The reaction Anise gets from a few of her friends when she finally returns home doesn’t really feel genuine and reads more like it’s written in for an attempt at tension. That’s just my personal feelings on it, but, like anything subjective, others could feel totally different from me. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA lit.