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Local Girl Swept Away
by Ellen Wittlinger


Overview - They are four best friends who've shared joy and secrets, love and memories, and since the beginning, Lorna was the one who held them all together. Then, the unthinkable happens. During a storm, Lorna is swept out to sea, leaving the three survivors with nothing to cling to except grief and questions.  Read more...

 
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Overview
They are four best friends who've shared joy and secrets, love and memories, and since the beginning, Lorna was the one who held them all together. Then, the unthinkable happens. During a storm, Lorna is swept out to sea, leaving the three survivors with nothing to cling to except grief and questions. How did this happen? Why was Lorna in such danger, and was she alone? When her body is never found, the mystery deepens. Did Lorna really die? Or has she made a crazy bid for freedom? Inevitably, the dynamic of the four friends' everyday life is changed forever. But the pain and confusion go deepest for Jackie, who must face her feelings of unrequited love for Lorna's boyfriend as well as try to put to rest her own questions about Lorna's presumed death. Does one of the boys in their inner circle know more than he's letting on? Will Lorna's fate ever be discovered? And how will Jackie become her own person in the wake of a wound that may never close? In this beautifully written, intense novel, one girl has to travel through loss and disillusionment to make sense of her own future.

"Ellen Wittlinger's Hard Love was one of the books that inspired me to write young adult novels." John Green, author, The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781440589003
  • ISBN-10: 1440589003
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 270
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-18
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Teenage best friends grapple with sudden loss in Wittlinger’s (Love & Lies) uneven coming-of-age tale. Jackie, Finn, Lucas, and Lorna have been close since fourth grade, when Lorna and her mother moved to Provincetown, Mass. On a stormy night in May of their junior year, Lorna, the group’s wild leader, is swept out to sea while they are walking on the breakwater. Narrator Jackie mourns but also spends an inexplicable amount of time trying to persuade others that her grief is as genuine as theirs. Lucas abruptly departs for camp in New Hampshire, leaving Jackie and Finn to mope around town, take long walks on the beach, and spar over who misses Lorna more (and whether to talk about her in the past or present tense). Jackie is drawn to Finn’s painter mother, Elsie, who encourages her dreams of attending art school, a plan Jackie’s parents don’t understand. Despite moments of true compassion and lovely descriptions of the Cape, Wittlinger doesn’t fully delve into the complexities of teenage friendship, pushing the story forward through predictable plot devices. Ages 14–up. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (June)

 
BookPage Reviews

A shadowy mystery on Cape Cod

Everyone always does what Lorna says, especially her BFF, Jackie, her boyfriend, Finn, and Lucas, who is (not-so) secretly in love with her, too. When Lorna slips off the rocks in Provincetown on Cape Cod and into the icy Atlantic Ocean, her disappearance leaves a gaping hole in their lives. In Local Girl Swept Away, 17-year-old Jackie recounts the tense months after Lorna goes missing and how it affects their tight circle of friends.

Jackie’s initial disbelief and grief slowly give way to anger as she remembers the truth about Lorna. How easily Lorna could manipulate everyone, how she always seemed to get her way and captured Finn’s heart when Jackie loved him more. Slowly, Jackie begins to reclaim her independence, working on her photography and hoping, despite her fishing family’s expectations, to make a life as an artist beyond the Cape. She even discovers that there are other guys besides Finn, namely Cooper, an up-and-coming novelist, who’s cute, charming—and 30.

Just as Jackie starts to form secrets of her own, her taut narration takes on Gone Girl-style twists as she pieces together why Lorna disappeared. Author Ellen Wittlinger proves once again why she’s a master of realistic fiction, creating believable dialogue, events and emotions, especially as Jackie must decide if she’s still one of Lorna’s pawns in the end.

 

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