Winner of the 2008 National Book Award.
When first met, 15-year-old Evie and her best friend are buying chocolate cigarettes to practice smoking. Evie sheds that innocence on a trip to Florida, where her stepfather, Joe, back from the war in Europe, abruptly takes her and her beautiful mother, Beverly, and where Evie falls in love with glamorous Peter, an army buddy whom Joe is none too happy to see. But after a boating accident results in a suspicious death and an inquest, Evie is forced to revisit her romance with Peter and her relationships with Joe and her mother, and to consider that her assumptions about all three may have been wrong from the beginning.
This book is set in the 1940’s. Evie is stuck in that place between child and woman. This book chronicles the events that really forced her to grow up. It reads like you are watching a movie. Very, very well written. Highly Recommended. – Jessica, Teen Librarian