Summer's little sister went missing in Katrina - and her mother blames her.
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I had a mixed reaction to this book. On the one hand, the language and several things about drugs and other activities were simply unnecessary. Yes, Summer's parents were strange ex-hippies. Yes, Summer was a 'normal teen.' This doesn't mean a lot of the content really needed to be in there; the story was perfectly fine without it. Another problem I had was the writing; the story is told from Summer's point of view, and her thoughts are often confusing. Half the time you feel like you're a stranger trying to understand a small-town inside joke. Other times Summer just seems fickle or unrealistic. (Example: going from 'I love my baby sister and must find her!' to 'I have to find Amalia because my parents won't pay attention to me if I don't.')
On the other hand, the story itself was amazing. It protrays the various facets of the tragedy called Katrina, along with other issues in New Orleans. The events pull you in; whether or not you like or care about Summer's family, something makes you want to know - need to know - if they ever find Amalia. Depending on your feelings towards the Elmwoods, you also end up wondering what happened to Amalia - did someone take her? murder her? who? why? - and who finds her, if she's ever found - Summer? her parents? one of her friends? the FBI?
For a compelling and honest story about a real-life tragedy, I give this book two and a half stars.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.