Summer's ending, Evie's stepfather is finally home from the Second World War, and Evie is tired of her glamorous mother treating her like a little girl. Then a mysterious stranger appears; a handsome ex-GI who served with Evie's stepfather. Slowly, Evie realizes that she is falling in love with him - but he has dark secrets, and a strange control ...
Summer's ending, Evie's stepfather is finally home from the Second World War, and Evie is tired of her glamorous mother treating her like a little girl. Then a mysterious stranger appears; a handsome ex-GI who served with Evie's stepfather. Slowly, Evie realizes that she is falling in love with him - but he has dark secrets, and a strange control over her parents. When a sudden tragedy occurs, Evie's world is shattered. Torn between her family and the man she loves, Evie must betray someone. The question is ...who?
My 12 year old daughter loved this book, as did I. We both read it and it created a wonderful , in-depth conversation for us about moral ambiguity, what motivated the characters and why they did what they did, what truth is and how it can be viewed from many different angles, and what would you do if you were in the protagonists shoes? Just a terrific read. Not for younger than 12 as it does deal with some mature themes. I am not surprised that it won an award == I am surprised that someone hasn't made it into a movie yet!!
Apr 8, 2009
Post-WWII Family Relationships
Things should have been wonderful when Evie's step-father returns home from WWII, but family relationships are strained. Someone is trying to talk to Evie's step-dad, Joe, but Joe isn't interested in acknowledging this person. What secrets, and lies, are going to be uncovered before Evie understands what is going on around her?
Publishers Weekly, 2008-09-29 Blundell, author of Star Wars novelizations, turns out a taut, noirish mystery/coming-of-age story set in 1947; it's easy to picture it as a film starring Lana Turner, who is mentioned in these pages. When first met, 15-year-old Evie and her best friend are buying chocolate cigarettes to practice smoking. Evie sheds that innocence on a trip to Florida, where her stepfather, Joe, back from the war in Europe, abruptly takes her and her beautiful mother, Beverly, and where Evie falls in love with glamorous Peter, an army buddy whom Joe is none too happy to see. But after a boating accident results in a suspicious death and an inquest, Evie is forced to revisit her romance with Peter and her relationships with Joe and her mother, and to consider that her assumptions about all three may have been wrong from the beginning. Blundell throws Evie's inexperience into high relief with slangy, retro dialogue: Peter calls Evie "pussycat"; Beverly says her first husband "kicked through love like it was dust and he kept on walking." Readers can taste Evie's alienation and her yearning; it's a stylish, addictive brew. Ages 12-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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