Age Level: 14 and up
# of pages: 215
RAC Book: Yes
Lynnie Russo is disappointed when her father fails to give her a car for her 16th birthday like everyone else at her California private school gets. She rebels by skipping school to go surfing and in response her father gives her a letter written by her mother when she was Lynnie’s age. Her mother died when Lynnie was in elementary school in a car accident. As Lynnie starts reading her mother’s story, she starts to realize why she has never met any of her parents’ family and why they ran away to California. As Lynnie begins to piece together the terrible events from her mother’s childhood she begins to wonder how she can go on without changing her entire outlook on life. Lynnie also begins dating a young man she meets at her mother’s cemetary. He is not like the boys at her private school, but as time goes on she begins to think that maybe that is a good thing.
Lynnie’s story is a little slow at times, but many readers will want to know what big secret her mother is hiding. Although parts of the story seem unclear or impossible, the author does a fair job of explaining it in the end. This is not the most compelling mystery out there, but readers who like quick picks will enjoy it.