Apr 22, 2012
Published by Little, Brown Young Readers
Hardcover published April 10th, 2012
Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy, privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she's ever known, and unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous life of Emerald Cove doesn't go so well. Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn't thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and in, addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing that lurk beneath their classmates' Southern charm, Isabelle finds out a secret about her new family that she can't ignore.
A good YA novel. It is spot on in regards to teen emotions and angst and how often they feel they have so little control of their own lives, which leads to much frustration. Also, it's nice to have a "clean" YA novel without excessive violence, zombies or sex.
Izzie feels like her life is totally out of her own control. After her parents died she moved in with her Grandmother, who is unfortunately declining in physical and mental health. Her life is suddenly turned upside down when a social worker announces that her grandmother needs to go into a care home and Izzie will be moving in with a long lost Uncle she's never heard of before.
Her Uncle's family happens to be very wealthy and lives with a strong social structure and ideals that are totally knew and unknown to Izzie.
This book deals tells the story of Izzie trying to fit into a new environment and the struggle of her "new family" to deal with a new teen thrown into their household.
It hits all the main teenage emotions and anxieties right on the head.
Also... a big twist at the end!
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