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Contributor(s): Caletti, Deb
ISBN: 144240373X     ISBN-13: 9781442403734
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: April 2011
Annotation: In a remote corner of Washington State where she and her father have gone to escape her obsessive boyfriend, Clara meets two brothers who captain a sailboat, a lighthouse keeper with a secret, and an old friend of her father who knows his secrets.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fathers and daughters; Fiction.
Secrets; Fiction.
Islands; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010021804
Lexile Measure: 700
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.90 lbs) 313 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 143318
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q52080
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 20.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Clara and her father rent a summer house on the seashore to escape Clara's pathologically possessive stalker ex-boyfriend. The insightful first-person narrative eloquently articulates Clara's thoughts and emotions, and the oceanfront setting is a picturesque stage on which she sorts through the complexities of romantic attachments--both how they can go horribly wrong and how they can nurture and sustain her. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #2)
There are lots of types of bad boyfriends, and Clara has just ended -- or tried to end -- a relationship with the pathologically possessive type. As she describes the general situation, "We like the thought of being held, until it's too tight. We like that certainty, until it means there is no way out." She and her novelist father have left their home in Seattle for the summer in hopes that lying low in a rental house on the seashore will cause the stalking to subside. Clara's first-person narrative provides much insight on how the blissful feeling of being loved and cherished can devolve into the frightening feeling of being suffocated. Christian, the boyfriend, comes across as a real threat, if not quite a real, fully developed person. The text is overly long and could do without the scattered, gimmicky footnotes. Yet Clara's thoughts and emotions are eloquently articulated, and the oceanfront setting is a picturesque stage on which she sorts through the complexities of romantic attachments -- both how they can go horribly wrong and how they can nurture and sustain. christine m. heppermann Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

To escape her obsessive ex-boyfriend, Clara and her single father spend the summer in a rented house in a small beach community called Bishop Rock. In alternating chapters, she recounts her increasingly frightening relationship with controlling Christian, as well as her attempts to recover, now that "no one back home knew where I was." In this gripping, layered novel, Clara is stalked, first by cell phone and later in person, by Christian. Clara is also haunted by her own feelings of culpability: "The thing is, it can feel good to make someone lose all control." She is not the only one with ghosts: the legends of Bishop Rock are full of them, and many people around her have chilling stories, including her father, a "smart-ass" writer hiding a big family secret. Clara's unease mounts as she grapples with her emotions surrounding the past and the impending threat of Christian's arrival. Fear has made Clara a fiercely good observer of detail, and Caletti's powerfully descriptive prose serves her character well, as she provides insight into ideas about love, power, and who we forgive. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 May)

Gr 9 Up—Interweaving a young woman's past and present experiences in alternating chapters, this novel reveals how Clara's romance with Christian tips slowly but inexorably toward obsession during her junior and senior years of high school. After graduation, Clara and her father slip off to a Washington beach town in secret to escape her now ex-boyfriend's frightening and unpredictable reach into her current life. In this cunningly crafted narrative, readers will slowly come to understand the danger posed by the cute Scandinavian boy who swept Clara off her feet and how what feels like love can crack and crumble when an insecure and possessive guy won't accept their breakup. Her summer job at a lighthouse and the friends she and her father meet, especially Finn, who sails his family's tourist boat with his brother, make Clara hopeful about the future. The suspense rises like the tide while readers applaud the teen's healthy new life and relationships but fear that she hasn't seen the last of the unstable and unpredictable Christian. Characters and new love ring true and would make this fine chick lit in and of itself, but the looming specter of the ex-boyfriend finding Clara makes it a novel with an appealing edge. Fear tinges this summer romance and underscores the issue of abusive and claustrophobic relationships among teens.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA

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