California “Callie” McCoy feels most alive when her feet are planted firmly on her surfboard on a big swell. And one day, she dreams of riding that wave out of her small town. Away from everyone.
Her plan is simple: graduate high school. With Callie’s best friend gone away to college, she plans on spending her senior year skating by. She isn’t looking for friends, and especially not for love – all she needs are her waves and her twin brother. Even if he comes with an annoying best friend, Jamie Daniels, who she can’t stand.
Jamie is a care-free, easy-going surfer who has everything. On the surface, his life appears perfect, but reality is far from it. He has his share of secrets, including one that burns deeper than any other. It’s a good thing Callie hates him because if she didn’t, Jamie knows there’s no way he’d be able to stay away.
And then, one night, everything changes. And nothing will ever be the same.
Length: 246 Pages
Release Date: February 8, 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle Lynn fell in love with reading when she was a kid. Every kind of book gripped her imagination. As she got a little older, she got into series like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Currently, her favorite is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
Michelle is an escapist. She believes that a book can take you anywhere and get you away from what’s going on in your own life. You can disappear inside the pages and become a different person. Growing up, this became more and more important for her as her life changed dramatically due to an illness. It started when she was young and got worse over the years. Reading is what helped her get through it. She’s still getting through it but it isn’t as hard, mentally, as it once was. Like reading, writing provided her a needed escape. Her dream is for her books to be able to do that for someone else. Life is hard but this just makes it a little bit easier.
Reading and writing aren’t Michelle’s only vices as she deals with the illness that has now become disabling. She’s also an avid hockey fan. She lives in Florida but never misses a Columbus Blue Jackets game on TV.
Michelle also spends a lot of time with her family – parents, two sisters, 2 brother in-laws, and niece. She’s also constantly surrounded by animals – 2 cats and a bird- that provide much needed comfort and inspiration.
She has a college degree in business, economics, and accounting but has to decide how to tie that to writing because that’s where her passion lies now.
I know a lot of people will probably disagree with me in regards to this review. This novel has garnered a lot of positive reviews online. But I’ll be honest, I just didn’t love it.
It had nothing to do with the characters. I liked Callie (or California) and her need for surfing. As someone who lives in Utah and has never even seen someone surf, it’s an exciting premise for me. I liked Callie’s brother and his best friend James. They were complex characters and there was a lot to explore with them and their backgrounds.
There were two main reasons why I just couldn’t get into this book. First off, I couldn’t grasp any sense of direction. It is a character-driven novel, and there were about a thousand sub-plots within it. OK, not really. But there were A LOT. And they were BIG sub-plots. The kind where I think each one should have been turned into their own book.
Second, for a character-driven novel, the relationships between the various characters were very hard to follow. First it was Callie’s relationship with her brother. In one sentence they were laughing, and the next she was shoving him. I thought it was a playful shove, but then I am told she is mad at him, and I’m like, “Huh?” I couldn’t tell what kind of relationship they had for half the book. And then she is making out with her best guy friend, but then it doesn’t seem like she has any feelings for him. Once he leaves for college, enter her best friend’s brother, who she says she hates, but then abruptly they decide they are going to try being friends. And then she realizes she still dislikes him. But then she does like him, and…..AAUUGGHHH!
Once again, I felt like there was a lot of potential, but there was just too much going on, too fast, in too many directions. A lot of people have liked this book, but for myself, I am giving it 2 out of 5 Stars.
Language: Vulgar language scattered throughout, including the F-word
Violence: A fist thrown here and there, but nothing big
Sexual: Sexual references throughout, and a sexual situation
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