Forrest Shepherd is convinced she's right. About what's best for her brother and his horrible girlfriend, Olivia. About her mother's need for control. Most of all, she thinks she's right about Scott, the first cute guy to hit on her. But on the Shepherds' annual summer vacation, Forrest discovers that her safe world of family and friends is riddled with deception. Her brother, her mother, Olivia, Scott . . . she really doesn't know them at all, and Forrest is left wondering what it means for the most important relationships in her life to be built on lies. Thirty Sunsets is a story of secrets and personal traumas that shake a family to its core . . . and the healing that arises when hard truths emerge.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 131 x 203 x 13.46mm | 230g
- 08 Jul 2014
- North Star Editions
- Woodbury, United States
"Deriso has a knack for families, filling them with flawed people who maintain their bonds with love." --Kirkus Reviews "A feel-good romance...that packs a big wallop." --School Library Journal
About Christine Hurley Deriso
Christine Hurley Deriso (North Augusta, SC) is an award-winning author of three middle grade novels. She has also contributed to Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and other national magazines. Visit her online at www.christinehurleyderiso.com.
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Forrest really doesn’t like her brother’s girlfriend Olivia, and doesn’t like the changes he’s made to his life because of her. Spending the entire summer with Olivia seems like a nightmare, but it’s clear that things are not what they seem. Is Olivia really bulimic? Should Forrest be spending time with the weird boy on the beach? And what other secrets are her family hiding from her? This was an interesting contemporary YA story, and I liked the twists! Forrest was a good lead character (even if her name was slightly odd). I understood how she felt about Olivia, and I liked the way she stuck up for her brother and tried to help him, even when he didn’t want her help! The storyline in this was pretty good, and even though it was pretty obvious why Olivia was throwing up, there were other little twists that I really didn’t see coming! I really liked the mystery in this story, and I really liked the twists, they really kept the story fresh and exciting! There was a hint of romance in this, but boy was the love interest creepy! I really didn’t like him from the moment Forrest met him, and I really didn’t want her being alone with him! The ending to this was a little sudden, but everything was tied up nicely, and I was glad that we got a happy ending in the end! Overall; good YA contemporary story, 7.5 out of 10.show moreby Sarah Elizabeth