Book description from Amazon:
Tourists may think life on an island off the coast of Maine is quaint, but Charlotte knows better. She’s tired of her island prison (it has a real name, but she calls it “Bleak”), and she’s sure that a life in the great anywhere-else is heaps better than one that revolves around catching a ferry to the mainland. She even has the perfect solution: boarding school.
But who will take care of the siblets? Will clinically crazy Mom or organic-obsessed Dad be able to hold things together without her there? And is Charlotte ready to leave love-of-her-life Noah behind?
This was a fun book to read. I, like Charlotte, grew up in a small town and understand why she dreams of life elsewhere. She dreams of living Bleak, Maine for boarding school and a better life.
She has the struggles all teenagers have between wanting to sleep with her first love, which someone beats her to that and taking care of her “siblets” because her lawyer mom is sometimes around, but drugged up with psychiatric meds.
When Charlotte is preparing to catch the ferry to mail off her apps for boarding schools she thinks:
I head to the door and , because I’m me, divert to thinking of doorknobs. Making a choice means not only opening a door but walking through. I’m good at looking at doors. At scrutinizing the hinges and condemning the colors. But actually the knob (brass or bronze or pewter or chrome) and committing to a future I’ve actually chosen. Well, it’s a whole new concept.
If you know a teen who dreams of life elsewhere I recommend this book for them. It may help them make that decision and not regret the choice.
I received this book free from the author Susan Carlton for a review.
Happy Reading Everyone.