I absolutely fell in love with this novel. Violet, the descendant of a lone shipwreck survivor, is filled with all of the angst, sarcasm, fear and confidence a 16 year old in NYC can possess. When her younger brother, Sam, tries to kill himself Violet is shipped off to Maine to spend the summer with her Uncle Toby. She arrives in Maine intent on disappearing but instead finds herself volunteering at an aquarium, slowly making friends with a local band of misfits and embarking on an impossible mission to find her grandmother’s shipwreck. Violet is a wonderful, flawed protagonist and her search to find the truth about her grandmother leads her to discover the ability to forgive her parents, her brother, and ultimately herself.
Teenagers are already dealing with so much. Family expectations, cultural expectations, peer pressure, SATs, hormones, and the ageless need for self exploration and discovery. Veronica is navigating all of these obstacles her senior year like a champ and may even be her class valedictorian. But one fateful morning her world comes crashing down and Veronica is left scrambling for something or someone to keep her afloat. Author, Jenni Hendriks, weaves a powerful story of a 17 yr old who must grapple with being pregnant and navigate the difficult reality of how one decides to be UNpregnant. This book is funny, serious, poignant and just GOOD. What a wonderful way to explore the political landscape we find ourselves in from a teenager's perspective.