Returning to Shore

Returning to Shore

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Her mother's third marriage is only hours old when all hope for Clare's fifteenth summer fades. Before she knows it, Clare is whisked away to some ancient cottage on a tiny marsh island on Cape Cod to spend the summer with her father--a man she hasn't seen since she was three.

Clare's biological father barely talks, and when he does, he obsesses about endangered turtles. The first teenager Clare meets on the Cape confirms that her father is known as the town crazy person.

But there's something undeniably magical about the marsh and the island--a connection to Clare's past that runs deeper than memory. Even her father's beloved turtles hold unexpected surprises. As Clare's father begins to reveal more about himself and his own struggle, Clare's summer becomes less of an exile and more of a return.

-- "Journal"
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 153 x 195 x 21mm | 336g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1467713287
  • 9781467713283

Review quote

Her mother is getting married for the third time, and fifteen-year-old Claire is being shipped off to Cape Cod to visit her dad, with whom she has not had much contact since she was three. Claire is reluctant to go since they have never had a true father-daughter relationship, but she really has no choice. Their communication feels awkward at first, but soon they begin a natural, yet quiet, flow, and Claire even begins to bond with him as they work together on a project to protect endangered turtles. Claire finds out there is much about her dad that she did not know. He sheepishly tells her that he is gay and that his partner was killed in a terrible accident years ago. He confides that he thought it was better to stay away from her than to have her grow up knowing this information. This revelation affects Claire to her very core.

While this novel is a nice example of good literature and is definitely well written, as far as teen literature goes, it has a slow pace and feels adult in tone. The story is heavy on character study, and nothing about the plot completely grabs readers to pull them through the book. It lacks the pizzazz of its teen literary counterparts. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it deals with having a homosexual parent, which is not prevalent in teen lit. How Claire deals with finding out about her father's sexuality rings true and is a positive example for those looking for true-to-life guidance. This is not a must-purchase but is recommended for larger teen collections with healthy budgets. --VOYA

-- "Journal"
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175 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 17% (29)
4 33% (57)
3 36% (63)
2 14% (24)
1 1% (2)
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